Courtesy St. Matthew School
Archbishop Alexander Sample speaks with St. Matthew parishioner Michael Ferry and his son, William, following a Feb. 2 school Mass in celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

Courtesy St. Matthew School

Archbishop Alexander Sample speaks with St. Matthew parishioner Michael Ferry and his son, William, following a Feb. 2 school Mass in celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

HILLSBORO — To help the students, staff and families of St. Matthew Catholic School here honor Catholic Schools Week, Archbishop Alexander Sample celebrated the school Mass Feb. 2 — the high point of St. Matthew’s weeklong celebration. 

The week included several student-spirit days, a schoolwide service project, a staff-versus-eighth-grade volleyball game and Special Friends’ Day — when students were invited to bring a friend or relative to join them. Thursday morning, guests were invited to enjoy coffee and breakfast, a musical performance from the third-grade class, and readings from St. Matthew middle schoolers about what attending a Catholic school means to them. 

Archbishop Sample welcomed the special guests, echoing the student speakers’ sentiments about the value of Catholic education. The archbishop reminded parents and guardians that, although it is a sacrifice to send their children to Catholic school, the academic challenges, spiritual growth and enrichment opportunities it provides are invaluable. He then invited the special guests to join their students for Mass. 

The service project that St. Matthew selected for Catholic Schools Week benefitted the Children’s Cancer Association. Students were asked to bring in donated items to create “Chemo Care Kits,” with each grade contributing different items that will help ease the side-effects of chemotherapy, as well as activity items and a fleece blanket. 

With the assistance of the school community, St. Matthew students completed 30 kits.