Catholic Schools Kick Off Year With Opening Mass

August 20, 2003

More than 3,500 school principals, teachers and staff from the 109 Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will begin the new school year with a Mass and awards ceremony to honor school staff with 25 and 50 years of service to Catholic education. The 50-member Archbishop Carroll High School Gospel Choir, directed by Timothy Rice, will sing during the Mass:

Monday, August 25, 2003
10:30 a.m.: Mass
11:30 a.m. (at end of Mass): Awards Ceremony
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
4th St. and Michigan Ave., NE, Washington, DC

Bishop Leonard Olivier, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington, will be the principal celebrant and Monsignor Raymond East, director of the Office of Black Catholics and Archdiocesan vicar for evangelization, will be the homilist. Among those expected to attend are 11 new elementary school principals.

At the end of Mass, Sister Regina Smith, SSJ and Sister Rosemary Haslam, SSJ of Holy Trinity School, NW; Sister Mercille Schneider, IHM of St. John the Evangelist School, Silver Spring; and Sister Rosella Summe, CDP, principal of Our Lady, Star of the Sea School, Solomons, will be recognized for 50 years of service to Catholic education. Also, 25 educators will be recognized for 25 years of service to Catholic education. Twelve teachers will be awarded their certification to teach religion in Catholic schools.

The first day of classes for Catholic schools in Southern Maryland (Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s Counties) will be Tuesday, August 26. The first day of classes for Catholic schools in Washington, DC, and Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties will be Tuesday, September 2.

Jennifer Reed
Office of Communications
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