Hammond’s Holy Ghost Catholic School recently celebrated National Catholic Schools Week, held Jan. 31 through Feb. 6, along with all other Catholic schools across the nation.

This year’s theme was “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

All students in prekindergarten through eighth grade attended a schoolwide Mass filled with traditional songs and worship, followed by several students sharing their creative writing. Jake Slaton read his winning essay, saying, “Our faith in God is the most important thing we will ever learn.” In her winning poem, Marie-Claire Honoree said, “We believe so deeply; we see our time with God as a plus.”

Morning assemblies were held to celebrate the saints and the school’s Catholic history.

Students dressed as a saint and gave the saint’s history and how he or she contributed to faith, knowledge and service.

Other events and celebrations were held throughout the week, which wrapped up with Susan Zewe leading the recitation of a decade of the rosary.