Catholic Schools Week activities wrap up _lowres

Photo provided by Michelle Chauvin -- Hammond Mayor Pete Panepinto, right, joins St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School Principal Jose Becerra, left, and Holy Ghost Catholic School Principal Donna Wallette, center, in recognizing Hammond’s two Catholic schools for their impact on the community during National Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 31-Feb. 6.

St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School in Hammond joined Catholic schools across the nation in celebrating National Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 31 through Feb. 6. This year’s theme was “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

Activities throughout the week included:

FEB. 1: Honoring Distinguished Graduate Judge Jeffrey Cashe, Class of 1991, at a diocesan-wide dinner in Baton Rouge and beginning the day with a ceremony at the flag pole honoring our nation’s military.

FEB. 2: All-School Mass and Catholic Education Trivia Day, where students participated in trivia contests throughout the day.

FEB. 3: Raising funds for 2005 graduate Collin Rougeau Thomas and her family, who lost their home in a recent fire; and several students attending the Diocesan Catholic Schools Week Mass in Baton Rouge.

FEB. 4: Grandparents Day Breakfast, honoring grandparents and special senior citizens.

FEB. 5: Dominican Day, where students honored the Dominican heritage that St. Thomas Aquinas is based on.

“Catholic education is truly a gift,” Principal Jose Becerra said. “Families sacrifice to send their children to Catholic schools so that they may experience both academic excellence and faith-filled education.”