Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, February 17, 2018

back to school 6351 webStudents carry school banners in a procession in this Transcript file photo.

HARTFORD – Archbishop Leonard P. Blair will celebrate a Back to School Mass at 2 p.m. Sept. 13 in observance of the opening of 50 Catholic elementary schools and nine Catholic high schools that are located in the Archdiocese of Hartford. The Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 134 Farmington Ave.

During the Mass, which officially inaugurates the school year, each Catholic school will participate in a procession displaying its official school banner, and each will receive a newly framed version of the Purpose and Vision Statement for Catholic schools recently reaffirmed by Archbishop Blair. The statements are displayed prominently in every school of the Archdiocese.

Archbishop Blair instituted the annual tradition of the Back to School Mass in 2014, bringing together the Catholic school faith community and setting the tone for an academic year built on the celebration of faith.

“Catholic schools provide an outstanding education rooted in fundamental truths about the human person created in the image and likeness of God and called to love God and neighbor. Bringing students together at this Mass with their families, teachers, administrators and friends emphasizes the importance of being united as a family of faith, prayer and mutual support,” said Archbishop Blair.