BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - It's Catholic Schools Week, and Thursday, dozens of students from Holy Trinity, Our Lady Academy and St. Stanislaus came together to worship for a tri-school mass.
Songs filled the gymnasium and praises were made as the mass ceremony began.
Among the crowd of students and teachers were parents who had children enrolled in all three of the schools. For that, they were recognized and appreciated for having so much trust and commitment to Catholic education.
"We have a comprehensive education system that's Catholic based and a very strong community, so we really enjoy to give our kids that framework to deal with that in not just their education but in their faith," parent Joel Lawhead said.
The Haas family has had their children in Catholic schools in the Bay for more than 20 years. Lisa Haas says she and her husband have always been committed to Catholic education and believes it's the most important part of their children's lives.
"Sending our children to Catholic schools has made our job as raising our children Catholic much easier," Haas said. "Catholic school systems have reinforced what we wanted to do in our home. We always knew that we wanted to raise our children to be the best Catholics they could be, and sending them to Catholic school has made it that much easier."
The Rev. Paul Hart says he's honored to have celebrated the mass and keep the tradition of bringing these students together under one roof for one purpose.
"I believe that Christianity brings peace like no other than we can imagine. We could have more of an attitude being peace makers and bringing forth love. Not looking for it but giving it. We could change the world," Hart said.