January 26, 2018
Badin High School will celebrate the 45th annual Catholic Schools Week beginning Jan. 29 as an opportunity to emphasize the value of Catholic education.
“This year’s theme of Learn, Serve, Lead and Succeed is one that we certainly encourage our students to take to heart,” Badin Principal Brian Pendergest said. “Those four words sum up the goals we have for our students. There is great value in being involved in Catholic education, and we appreciate the chance to celebrate that.”
Badin will hold its Catholic Schools Week Mass on Monday, Jan. 29, at 10 a.m., with BHS chaplain Father Ed Pratt presiding. The public is always invited to attend Mass at Badin.
Earlier that day, three Badin seniors – Drew Holderbach, Kenny Pendergest and Carly Reynolds – will participate in a high school teleconference with Cincinnati Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr that he holds each year.
On Tuesday morning, Jan. 30, a dozen Badin students will attend St. Peter in Chains Cathedral in downtown Cincinnati with hundreds of other area Catholic school students for the Archdiocesan Catholic Schools Week Mass.
Throughout the week, religion classes at Badin will highlight the school’s recent re-affiliation with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, which operated Notre Dame High School in Hamilton from 1886-1966.
“We always talk about ‘serving God, serving Others’ at Badin,” said Gina Helms, Badin’s director of Campus Ministry, “and Catholic Schools Week is a perfect time to underscore those efforts.”
The Father’s House is a non-profit organization that will also get significant attention this week, through Christian Service efforts by Badin students on Wednesday as well as targeted donations from the Badin community.
The Father’s House is dedicated to supporting foster and adoptive families in Butler County. They are restoring The Children’s Home on D Street in Hamilton that serviced the community from 1860-1980 into a facility that will house foster families and provide support, resources and other assistance to foster parents and children.
On Friday, Feb. 2, at 1:18 p.m., Badin will wrap up its Catholic Schools Week recognition with an all-school assembly featuring speakers from The Father’s House.
“One of the videos we are showing in religion classes this week underlines that we are part of something bigger,” Helms said. “That reality is really driven home by the opportunities our students have to make a difference in the community around them.”
Badin High School, on New London Road in Hamilton, opened in the fall of 1966, the merger of all-boys Hamilton Catholic High and all-girls Notre Dame High. The Class of 2018, 117 students, represents the school’s 52nd graduating class.
Catholic Schools Week celebrations began in 1974. Today, some 1.9 million students are in more than 6,400 Catholic schools throughout the United States.
Contact: Dirk Q. Allen, (513) 863-3993, ext. 120; Dallen@BadinHS.org