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Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany
   
January 26, 2016
For immediate release


Catholic School Students, Educators to Be Honored At Mass
Celebrated By Bishop Scharfenberger to Mark National Catholic Schools Week


Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger will celebrate a Mass marking the start of National Catholic Schools Week in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany on Sunday, Jan. 31, at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Distinguished educators and community partners will be honored at the Mass. (See list of awardees at link below.)

Immediately following the Mass, there will be an unveiling of the Annual Diocesan Art Show as well as a reception at the South Gallery, Empire State Plaza. The art exhibit in celebration of Catholic Schools Week gives students from the diocese’s 23 Catholic schools the opportunity to display their art and share their talent with the larger community. Artwork will be on display through Feb. 6.

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. The theme for 2016 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” Schools typically observe the week with special liturgies, open houses and activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, schools focus on the value Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our Church, our communities and our nation.

“We appreciate the support we receive from our parish and school communities. We encourage our students to give back by focusing on learning, building a personal relationship with God and by offering service projects all year,” said Michael E. Pizzingrillo, Superintendent of Schools for the Albany Diocese. “It is part of our diocesan-wide effort to provide a well-rounded education.”

Catholic Schools Week is a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Call the Diocese of Albany Catholic Schools at 518.453.6602 or visit www.higherpoweredlearning.org to learn more about our twenty-three diocesan schools.

Awards to be presented at the Catholic School Liturgy
Sunday, January 31, 2016, 2:00pm at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception