NORWALK—Regina Pacis Academy will be celebrating our inaugural Regina Pacis Day, our Patronal feast day, on the first day of Catholic Schools Week, Monday, January 25.
Students will participate in Marian-related arts and crafts and assist with the baby items collection for Birthright. All activities will be led by our Grade 7/8 students. The day will conclude with the praying of the Most Holy Rosary in St. Mary’s Church, followed by an outdoor procession in the school parking lot, to which parents and siblings are most warmly invited. This day will be an opportunity for community building, prayer, and, God willing, one that our students remember fondly.
This feast day originated because “the Congregation of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary and the Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament were early missionaries to Hawaii. There, they established the first Catholic church on the island chain and dedicated that church to Our Lady of Peace. When on January 25, 1941, the Diocese of Honolulu was erected by Pope Pius XII, the Cathedral was dedicated to Our Lady of Peace—Malia o ka Malu Hale Pule Nui. It is due to this date that Our Lady of Peace is celebrated on January 24 in the United States.” (quoted from Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Branchville, NJ)
Kimberly Quatela, Principal of Regina Pacis Academy, remarked, “It is a great blessing to begin Catholic Schools Week with a special day of service, prayer, and community-building with our students. Providing our middle school students with the opportunity to organize and lead all the activities allows them to lead and form the younger students. Ending our day together in prayer to Our Lady will be a beautiful moment of grace in the lives of our faculty, staff, students, and families—a beacon of hope in a world that is often so focused on darkness.”
Regina Pacis Academy is an independent, Catholic classical school located in Norwalk, Connecticut, serving students in grades K-8, offering an academically rigorous curriculum from the classical tradition for all who desire to attend. Families hail from towns across Fairfield County and surrounding areas. The mission of Regina Pacis Academy is to achieve academic excellence and to nurture an intimate relationship with Christ as modeled by the Apostles, by providing a Roman Catholic classical education taught by teachers loyal to the Magisterium.
More information on Regina Pacis Academy is available at www.reginapacisacademy.org.