6,685 Catholic schools across the nation celebrated the 40th annual Catholic Schools Week from January 27- February 1. Catholic high schools, middle schools, and elementary schools joined together to praise God, express gratitude and show their communities what Catholic education is all about. They remembered why Catholic schools are a vital part of society today. This year’s Catholic Schools Week theme was “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.” This theme truly encompasses the essence of our Lafayette Catholic School System.
On Wednesday of that week, the LCSS once again celebrated the annual All Schools Mass at Central Catholic. This tradition is a favorite of every LCSS student and has been going on for many years. It was heartwarming to see McHale Gymnasium filled with its 943 students of all ages.
We were blessed to have Bishop Doherty and eight priests from our area parishes to celebrate the All Schools Mass. In Bishop Doherty’s homily he shared with the students how his childhood and life experiences brought him to where he is today, and he strongly encouraged them to thank their parents for the gift of Catholic education.
LCSS parents, past and present, are our biggest supporters. Every day I see their gifts of time, talent and treasure and am truly grateful for all they give to our school system. We are all called in this life to serve a greater purpose and to seek greatness. I am reminded every Catholic Schools Week of just how blessed we all are to be a part of the Lafayette Catholic Schools community.