St. Mary’s County students gather together for Mass marking Catholic Schools Week

More than 600 students in various combinations of plaid jumpers, polo shirts, khaki pants and lace-up shoes gathered in uniform to kick off Catholic Schools Week with the Annual Mass Celebrating Catholic Education in St. Mary’s County. The Mass has not been held since the pandemic, so many principals and pastors were glad to be back this year at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Lexington Park, Maryland on Jan. 25. Students from five Catholic middle schools, along with one Catholic high school, gathered together to reflect on their faith-based education.

While numerous priests from St. Mary’s County Catholic schools celebrated the Mass together, Father Ryan Braam, the parochial vicar at St. John Francis Regis Parish in Hollywood, Maryland, represented St. John’s Catholic School and delivered the homily. Father Braam related the reading on St. Paul the Apostle’s conversion to Christianity to the upcoming Catholic Schools Week celebration.

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