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National Catholic School Week starts with a special message

Lexington Park, MD-- "Go and change the world", was a message that was sung at the end of mass that celebrated National Catholic School week. The mass was celebrated at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Lexington Park. 

Many of the Catholic schools that are located in St.Mary's County were present at the event, celebrating the unique aspects that make Catholic schools special. Characteristics such as faith, knowledge  and service to others were only a few aspects that were touched on. 

"This is a great way to kick off the National Catholic School Week, I have had the opportunity over the past 100 days to visit almost every Catholic School in the Archdiocese and I do have to say our best Catholic schools are in St.Mary's County," said William Ryan, superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Washington. 

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which in 2016 is Jan. 31 - Feb. 6. Catholic Schools Week began in 1974.

"I want to thank everyone that helped put this event together, the Eucharist is the most powerful in our Catholic Schools. It took a huge effort to get all the third through eighth graders from all five of our Catholic Schools. We also want to thank the choir that came from St.Mary's Ryken," said Rev. Marco Schad of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church.

This year's daily themes and celebrations included, Sunday - In Our Parish, Monday - In Our Community, Tuesday - In Our Students, Wednesday - In Our Nation (National Appreciation Day For Catholic Schools), Thursday - In Our Vocations, Friday - In Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers (Teacher & Principal Appreciation Day), Saturday - In Our Families.

Ryan wrapped up his speech with a special message, "I want to thank all the teacher, principals, and parents that make these Catholic Schools so wonderful in St.Mary's County." 

Photos were taken by TheBayNet News Photographer Ron Bailey  

Contact Charles Seifert at c.seifert@thebaynet 

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