The feast day of Saint Patrick, which in certain circles is often regarded as the “High Holy Day”, is a blessed and festive occasion in which to honor a saintly giant and share a 'wee bit of Irish culture. It is with this view of St. Patrick's Day in mind that we share a brief glimpse into the week of March 11-17.
This celebratory week began on Sunday, March 11th with nearly thirty members of our school community parading down the streets of “Charm City”. On this day, students, parents and staff members marched their way from Charles Street through Pratt Street in the annual Saint Patrick’s Parade and proudly chanting WE ARE…ST. AGNES!
Then on Tuesday, March 13th, Student Council members from our 6th and 7th grades took to the streets of Annapolis as this outstanding group of student-leaders represented BEAR NATION at the Non-Public School Advocacy Day. This wonderful event invited attending students to learn how the legislative process impacts schools such as St. Agnes and to share with lawmakers how attending our school has greatly influenced their life. After seeing a few social media photos, I belief it is safe to say that Governor Hogan now knows that WE ARE…ST. AGNES!
Then on Thursday, March 15th, our students enjoyed a green-themed non-uniform day with the donation fee being directed towards our parish's “Helping Hands” Lenten service project. As if a sea of green that day wasn’t enough to get one into the Irish spirit, a surprise performance by the O’Connor School of Irish Dance was certain to do so. During their visit to campus, Casey O’Connor and one of her students demonstrated Irish Step Dancing and the Irish Jig to our students. And in between her dance performances, Casey even shared a 'wee bit of the Irish history behind this cultural dance style.
As the week came to a joyous end, a number of school families and School Board members spent the morning of the “High Holy Day” helping package 20,000 meals during our parish Lenten service project. And before this blessed day would end, our middle school students enjoyed a memorable St. Patrick’s Day Dance Social event. I couldn’t have imagined a better day to conclude a celebratory week of faith, family and fellowship and all that is great about our school community! WE ARE…ST. AGNES!