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Celebrating a Very Raider Christmas

Celebrating a Very Raider Christmas

Central Catholic has begun creating a Raider Winter Wonderland on campus!

Join with us in the Christmas spirit for some of the many upcoming activities and events at CCHS:

What better time to celebrate the spirit, talents, and generosity of our students than during the Christmas season?

The Christmas Project

Student holding a bag of gifts

For over 20 years, The Christmas Project at Central Catholic has been delivering a Merry Christmas to local families in need - fulfilling the tradition of helping the least favored this Advent and Christmas season!  

This year’s leadership team has partnered with Catholic Charities of the Merrimack Valley and Lazarus House to provide gifts to families and is rallying the CCHS Community to support this important effort.

Through our partnership, and by the generosity of many others, these agencies are able to connect with the many families that they serve in our local communities every day

They need your help!

The Christmas Project logo - bring JOY to our community

How you can make a difference:

  • Donate through Venmo
    • Venmo: @CCHS_Missions
    • Please include "The Christmas Project" in the "What's it for?" section.
  • Donate by Credit Card
  • Donate with a Check
    • Please write a check payable to Central Catholic High School, include "The Christmas Project" in the memo line, and mail to:
      • Campus Ministry, Central Catholic High School, 300 Hampshire St., Lawrence, MA 01841
  • Donate Food Items for Dinner boxes
  • Donate $25 Gift Cards
    • We are collecting donations of $25 gift cards to the following stores:
      • Target
      • Walmart
      • Marshalls
    • Gift cards can be brought to Campus Ministry, put directly into the collection boxes, or handed off to the staff leaders

Donations are needed by Tuesday, December 13!

Please reach out to a student leader or adult leader with any questions.

The Christmas Project Team

Student Leaders

  • Santany Sanchez '23
  • Andrew Kriner '23 
  • Elisabeth Kearney '26

Adult Leaders

  • Mrs. Vicki Blaszak, Campus Minister
  • Mrs. Diana Chase, Religious Studies Teacher
  • Mr. Tim Hart '85, Religious Studies Teacher & Campus Minister

We’re glad to help!

Raider Festival of Trees

Staff members dressed in Christmas costume by a Christmas tree

In 2021, Mr. M Joyal, Mr. Blaszak, Mr. Svendsen, and Ms. Thompson help students get into the Christmas spirit.

December 5 through Christmas - across the Central Catholic Campus

The Student Council and the Office of Student Activities are sponsoring a Central Festival of Trees and other fun activities, including trivia contests., leading up to Christmas,

Clubs, Departments, Sports Teams, and other groups are encouraged to decorate a tree. Six foot tall, artificial, un-lit trees are provided for participating groups. 

The trees will be put on display around the school for the month of December. 

Window with Merry Christmas painted on it

In addition, members of the Art Club are painting windows around the school to get the campus into the Christmas Spirit. (Photo above is from 2021.)

The Raider Family Christmas Gift-Wrapping Party

Two little girls visit Santa

12:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Saturday, December 10 - Memorial Gymnasium

Alumni, friends, and current families are invited to join us for a Family Christmas Gift Wrapping Party filled with cheer sponsored by the Student Alumni Association.

Bring your family and enjoy hot chocolate, treats, holiday crafts and movies with a special appearance by Santa himself!

Admission is one new children's toy per family.

Click here to register

Details on registration page.

All toys will be donated to the Boys and Girls Club of Lawrence.

The Band & Chorus Christmas Concert

Students performing on stage

7:00 PM, Saturday, December 17, 2022 - Allan B. Rogers Memorial Theater

A musical extravaganza featuring the CCHS Bands, Choirs, Chamber Groups, and more!

The Central Catholic Band and Chorus Program will perform a variety of musical tunes to get the Central Catholic Community into the Christmas spirit.

Complimentary admission.

Band performances will feature the Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band, and Chamber Ensembles.

Choral performances will feature our a cappella group Central Harmony and the Concert Choir.

Pre-Concert Holiday Shopping at the Raider Campus Store

The Raider Campus Store will be open prior to the Band & Chorus Christmas Concert, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM, for you to pick up Raider gifts for your loved ones this season!

In-store specials include two short-sleeve t-shirts for $20 and two long-sleeve t-shirts for $25! If you can't make it to the Raider Campus Store, you can also always shop online!

Students singing on stage

The Advent & Christmas Prayer Service

Student reading at podium with advent wreath in foreground

10:00 AM, Tuesday, December 20 - Memorial Gymnasium

The Central Catholic community comes together to celebrate the Christmas season with the annual Advent & Christmas Prayer Service.

Visions Christmas Coffeehouse

Student performing

6:00 PM, Wednesday, December 21 - Baroni Hall

Students and staff are invited to come celebrate the Christmas Season with our first Visions Coffeehouse of the year - our annual Christmas Coffeehouse - brought to you by the Visions Literary & Arts Magazine!

Spend some time listening to your talented classmates and enjoy free food and drinks!

Coffeehouse showcases the talents of students and faculty from across our CCHS community!

The event is FREE and open to all CCHS students and staff.

Christmas Vacation

Merry Christmas drawing

Have a safe, fun, and relaxing Christmas break!

The last day of classes is Tuesday, December 20, and Christmas Break begins on Wednesday, December 21.

Classes will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 4.

Office Hours During Christmas Break

Please note the following schedule for the Main Office over Christmas Vacation:

  • Wednesday, 12/21: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, 12/22: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Closed Friday, 12/23
  • Closed Monday, 12/26
  • Tuesday, 12/27: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Wednesday, 12/28: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Thursday, 12/29: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Closed Friday, 12/30
  • Closed Monday, 1/2
  • Tuesday, 1/3: 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Before visiting the school, please confirm that the person or office you need to see or visit is available and is not on vacation or unavailable due to other commitments.

School Directory


Holiday Shopping

Raider Campus Store

Clothes on display

The Raider Campus Store offers a wide range of Central Catholic High School apparel, novelties, and school supplies.

Raider Campus Store

Holiday Shopping:

  • Tuesday, December 6:  2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday, December 13: 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Saturday, December 17, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Weekly ours for the Raider Campus Store

  • Monday through Friday
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

**Note: there may be times when the Raider Campus Store will not be open during these times due to volunteer coverage.

To view our catalog and make an online purchase, visit:

Online Raider Campus Store

Online orders will be shipped once a week.

Supporting Central Catholic

Statue of Mary in Courtyard in front of Central Cathokc High School sign

The Central Catholic experience is made possible by the generous support of our parents, alumni, and friends. The Christmas Season is an important reminder of our many blessings.

December 31 is the final day to make a tax-deductible gift for the 2022 tax year.

Click here for various ways to maximize the impact of your end-of-year giving.

Make Your Gift


Support CCHS Through AmazonSmile

AmazonSmile logo with Christmas lights background - You Shop. Amazon Gives.

We are happy to report that Central Catholic receives donations from Amazon through the AmazonSmile program. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. If you select Central Catholic High School as the recipient of Amazon's donation, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases year-round to CCHS.

Begin today by clicking here.

Now you are ready to shop on Amazon as you would normally do. The donation to CCHS happens behind the scenes after you place an order. Remember, always start at We encourage you to pass this on to friends and family.


Raider Nation

Stay Connected

Visit the Alumni Portal

Update your contact information to receive reunion notices and the latest news from Central Catholic.

Alumni Update Form

Alumni are invited to join us in prayer and to submit special intentions.

A Call for Special Intentions

Return to Campus Virtually!

Virtual Tour

Come home to the CCHS campus through our 360 Degree Virtual Tour.

Be sure to click on the Raider Photo Reels (white photo icons) placed in many of the campus locations.

Students and staff in CCHS winter hats and scarves, posing for the Christymas card photo, laughing and smiling.

The Central Catholic High School family wishes you and your loved ones the precious gifts of good health, joy, peace, and love this Christmas season and every day ahead.

Central Catholic High School
A College Preparatory High School of Excellence in the Marist Tradition

Founded by the Marist Brothers in the heart of Lawrence, Massachusetts in 1935, Central Catholic High School enrolls 1,200 students from over 60 cities and towns and several countries. Students come from diverse backgrounds to form a caring community of faith, learning, and service. They advance to college in overwhelming numbers (nearly 100%) and move on to successful careers and positions of leadership in government, business, industry, academia, and professions.

Central Catholic High School is fully accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

For more information, please visit, call 978-682-0260, or email

Mission: Central Catholic High School makes Jesus known and loved.
We educate the whole person for college and for life, with particular care for the least favored and those in need.