National Catholic Schools Week, which began Jan. 25 and ends Jan. 31, is a chance for Catholic school students and staff to celebrate faith and learning. All over the Diocese of Rochester schools held special events and found festive ways to showcase school spirit.
In the photos below, All Saints Academy students in Corning volunteer at Meals on Wheels; St. Kateri School students in Irondequoit hold a special prayer service; Holy Cross School students in Rochester have a roller skating party; St. Louis School students in Pittsford perform “Pirates, the Musical”; St. Agnes School students in Avon read with their reading buddies; and St. Joseph School students in Penfield take part in a Catholic Schools Week Mass celebrated by Bishop Salvatore R. Matano.
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All Saints Academy sixth-grader Victoria Collins (front left) packs bags of food with seventh-grader Angelea Collins (right) during a community service trip to Meals on Wheels in Corning Jan. 26. (Photo by Rick Bacmanski)
All Saints Academy seventh-grader Tarik Dawson puts the finishing touches a decoration that will be used by Meals on Wheels during a service trip Jan. 26. (Photo by Rick Bacmanski)
All Saints Academy eighth-grader Matthew Savoy (left) decorates a bag for Meals on Wheels during a Jan. 26 service trip. (Photo by Rick Bacmanski)
Pre-kindergarten student Isabella Faticone (center) joins her classmates in prayer during a Catholic School Week prayer service at St. Kateri School in Irondequoit Jan. 26.
Pre-kindergartner Colden Gerhardt holds a flag during the Pledge of Allegiance.
Margaret Culliton (center) joins her prekindergarten classmates in song during a Jan. 26 prayer service to kick off Catholic Schools Week at St. Kateri School in Irondequoit.
Holy Cross third-grader Nico Young skates through the crowd at Horizon Fun FX.
Holy Cross students race around the rink at Horizon Fun FX.
Second-grader Jonathan Stoklosa gets some help from his dad, Phillip Stoklosa, as the two race out of the rink.
A disco ball illuminates the skating rink at Horizon Fun FX.
St. Louis School fifth-grader Bryan John Lanahan (right) sings during a Jan. 27 performance of “Pirates, the Musical.”
Maia Taylor-Casamayor (center) performs with her fifth-grade classmates at St. Louis School in Pittsford.
St. Louis School fifth-graders perform “Pirates, the Musical” Jan. 27 at the school.
St. Louis School fifth-grader Lillian Andreach brings flowers to the director.
Fourth-grader Mary-Margaret Griffiths (left) reads to first-grader Thomas Schlueter (center) and third-grader Michael Lenartowicz during Big Brothers and Big Sisters reading day at St. Agnes School in Avon.
Third- and fourth-graders read to first-graders Jan. 28 at St. Agnes School in Avon.
Third-grader Angel Rangel-Garcia (from left), first-grader Oliver Aguirre and fourth-grader Connor Calnan laugh as they read a story during Big Brothers and Big Sister reading time at St. Agnes School in Avon Jan. 28.
Bishop Salvatore R. Matano speaks to students during a Jan. 28 Mass at Penfield’s St. Joseph Church.
St. Joseph School students sing in the choir during a Jan. 28 Catholic Schools Week Mass at Penfield’s St. Joseph Church.
Crossbearer Miles Sirois leads the closing procession during a Jan. 28 Catholic Schools Week Mas at Penfield’s St. Joseph Church.