Connect with us

Big on LA Magazine

It’s Catholic Schools Week at Saint Monica!



It’s Catholic Schools Week at Saint Monica!

If you are native to the Santa Monica area, then you already know of Saint Monica Catholic Elementary and High Schools – perhaps you yourself are an alum. It is just a short 7-minute drive away from the best place to get coffee in Santa Monica. If you attended any Catholic school when you were a kid, then you are familiar with Catholic Schools Week. This year, it’s taking place from January 30 to February 5. So how exactly do Catholic schools commemorate this time of the year and what does it mean to them? Without further ado, let’s find out!


About the Saint Monica Community


The Saint Monica Parish was founded in 1899 Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, a Catholic institution founded in Quebec, Canada. The sisters established ministries in many U.S. states. The school was originally an academy serving both elementary and high school students until 1930. In 1939, the Saint Monica Catholic High School we know today was formally established. However, for several decades, male and female students were instructed in separate buildings. It wasn’t until the fall 1968 semester that the school became co-ed. Saint Monica has served as the long-term rival of Saint Bernard High School in Westchester, home of the Vikings. The school also has a number of notable alumni, including the Lennon Sisters and CJ Wallace, the son of the late legendary rapper Biggie Smalls.

What is Catholic Schools Week?


Catholic Schools Week has a long history. In fact, it has been celebrated annually during the last week of January since 1974. Catholic Schools Week allows the parish and school community to celebrate the quality education and sense of belonging that attending a Catholic school brings, as well as allowing students to ignite their faith. Most Catholic schools will commemorate this special week by holding week-long masses as well as holding an open house for prospective students and transfers. Students may also participate in fun activities 

However, even in 2022, times are still a little challenging. While most of us have gotten erringly comfortable with a 2-year long pandemic, and most public and private schools have resumed in-person learning, The National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA) have still expressed concern for the safety of the Catholic school communities during this week, stating, “ “COVID-19 has made it a challenge to get … schools noticed during Catholic Schools Week.” It said “the easiest ways to stay safe and still get noticed is to make good use of social media …  and short videos, photos and animated clips.” 


Saint Monica’s elementary school and high school are continuing to celebrate Catholic Schools Week in person this year. Come and join the warm and welcoming community by attending mass with the community’s one and only Msgr. Lloyd Torgerson or consider making a donation to help fund a student’s education.


Go Mariners!


This blog is brought to you by Dogtown Coffee, your one-stop-shop for the best breakfast in Santa Monica. Enjoy quality Santa Monica coffee from 7 am to 2 pm Monday through Saturday.

More in Entertainment



Recent Posts




Fun Things to Do in Los Angeles this Week

By SheilaSeptember 23, 2022


Top 5 Ways to Stay Connected with Loved Ones

By SheilaSeptember 22, 2022
To Top