Topic “Catholic Schools Week”
During this time of year, I am always reminded of an experience from my first years as a Catholic school principal. During this time, I was approached by a second grade student who had recently been asked to lead her non-denominational Christian church in prayer during a Sunday service. Each week, the pastor asked a child from the church to lead the people in an opening blessing. On this Sunday, my student stepped in front of the large congregation, took a deep breath, and prayed “Hail Mary, full of Grace…”
It is only fitting that we conclude Catholic schools week with this Sunday’s wonderful Gospel reading from the fifth chapter of Matthew. In this reading, Christ reminds us that we are the Light of the World; we must reveal our light for the world and allow our good deeds to spread the Glory of God.
Catholic Schools Week is upon us! I truly enjoy this week; it is always a joy to see the mix of religious, service, and fun events taking place in our schools. I am greatly looking forward to the Catholic Schools Week Masses on Tuesday and Wednesday. Likewise, the Archbishop's broadcast to the high schools on Friday promises to be an illuminating event. I am constantly heartened by how our community rallies around our wonderful Catholic schools.
Catholic Schools Week, an annual celebration of the important role that Catholic elementary and secondary schools play in the lives of students, is just around the corner. During this special week, students, parents, grandparents, friends and supporters all will have an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the value of Catholic schools.