We asked Catholic schools in the Richmond Diocese to submit photos of how they celebrated a week dedicated to them. From Open Houses to Spirit Days, to Mass, to visits from His Excellency, Bishop Knestout, to honoring staff and reaching out into their local communities, Catholic schools rededicated themselves to a mission of excellence through faith-based education. This montage of submitted photos gives just a peek into a week of feverish activity.

BENEDICTINE Freshman Miles Moten leads the Prayer of the Faithful during weekly Corps Mass at Benedictine. (Submitted photo)

 

Blessed Sacrament Huguenot, Powhatan As part of their school’s commitment to service, Reilly Dickerson and Katie Davoud, a junior and senior, respectively, at Blessed Sacrament Huguenot High School, Powhatan, help bag and load groceries for Powhatan residents during Catholic Schools Week. (Submitted photo)

 

Our Lady of Lourdes, Richmond During the Catholic Schools Week Mass on Thursday, Feb. 1, prayer buddies at Our Lady of Lourdes School, Richmond, sing together. From left: kindergartner Abby Fleck, fourth-grader Kaedyn Jones-Carmon, kindergartner Maurice Stewart, fourth-grader Jackson Taylor and kindergartner Adan Konkle. (Submitted photo)

 

Roanoke Catholic Bishop Barry C. Knestout fist-bumps students upon his arrival at Roanoke Catholic, Thursday, Jan. 25. (Submitted photo)

 

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Newport News Dominican Sister Mary Josephine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School, Newport News, brings the ball up court in the students vs. faculty basketball game during Catholic Schools Week. Behind her are eighth-graders Maya McGowan and Kate Eichburg. (Submitted photo)

 

St. John Neumann Academy, Blacksburg Second, third and fourth grade students at St. John Neumann Academy, Blacksburg, show their school spirit at the school’s 15th Annual Spirit Rally kicking off Catholic Schools Week. (Submitted photo)

 

St. Joseph, Petersburg Sarah and Levi Owens explore classroom materials with their children at St. Joseph School, Petersburg open house, Sunday, Jan. 28. (Submitted photo)

 

St. Benedict, Richmond Students at St. Benedict School, Richmond participate in Spirit Day during Catholic Schools Week. (Submitted photo)

 

St. Mary’s, Richmond Middle school students at St. Mary School, Richmond, participate in the school’s one mile Blue and White Run as the rest of the student body and all teachers wrap around the school to cheer for them. Pictured are Eli Taylor, Noah Lohr, Marshall Dip, Jack Miller, Bobby Paster, Nick Clopton, Sydney Billiet, Grace Edwards and Mary Kate Phelan. (Submitted photo)

 

St. Bridget, Richmond During the Catholic Schools Week open house, Sunday, Jan. 28, at St. Bridget School, Richmond, James Walker Shaw participates in a STEM Quest event that included a pirate map where students would go to various stations throughout the elementary and middle school to complete a STEM project and collect a gem to get a prize from the treasure chest. (Submitted photo)

 

St. Mary’s Star of the Sea, Hampton Dominican Sister Marie de Lourdes, a second grade teacher, leads the pre-kindergarten students at St. Mary Star of the Sea School, Hampton, in praise and worship music during adoration. (Submitted photo)

 

Saint Gertrude, Richmond Saint Gertrude’s bell choir, Tower Ringers, performed at a school-wide Mass on Tuesday, January 30, in celebration of Catholic Schools Week.(Submitted photo)

 

St. Pius X, Norfolk At St. Pius X Catholic School, Norfolk, on “Dress Like a Pirate Day,” Tuesday, Jan. 30, third grade student Sarai Jackson, left, carries out the theme as she and Jabril Rasheed make cards for individuals receiving hospice care. Pirates are the school mascot. (Submitted photo)

 

St. Matthew’s, Virginia Beach Elisa Chamness and Alexis Cabanos welcome “PawPaw” Marty and “Mamaw” Van Hatfield to Grandparents’ Day at St. Matthew School, Virginia Beach. (Submitted photo)

Star of the Sea, Virginia Beach Regina Molyneaux, left, and the Niederberger children hand out worship aids prior to Mass at Star of the Sea, Virginia Beach. They also helped at the school’s open house that morning. (Submitted photo)

 

St. John the Apostle, Virginia Beach St. John the Apostle Catholic School kindergarten students Reagan Dugan and Maddie Childers “Drop Everything and Read” during the Virginia Beach school’s celebration of Catholic Schools Week. (Submitted photo)

 

St. Edward-Epiphany, Richmond During Catholic Schools Week, students, current and past faculty, staff and alumni of St. Edward Epiphany School, Richmond, honored Helen Matthews, who retired after 47 years as a bus driver for the school. She is joined on the altar by her two sons. Each class made gifts and presented them to Matthews. (Submitted photo)

 

Walsingham Academy, Williamsburg Middle School students receiving free ice cream during lunch on Celebrate Students day of Catholic Schools Week. (Submitted photo)