Catholic schools across the country held open houses and special liturgies on Sunday for the kick-off to one of the highlights of the year: Catholic Schools Week.

Fathers Dan Belanger, John Peeters and Richard Pighini help to celebrate Catholic Schools Week in Kankakee

For Viatorians and the schools they serve, the week underscores their educational mission, of accompanying young people in their faith development. 

This year’s theme embodies the core values driving every Catholic school across the nation, including those in which Viatorians serve.

In Kankakee, where Viatorians first arrived more than 150 years ago, several Viatorians helped concelebrate Mass for the nearly 900 students

Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, follows a processional into the opening Mass of Catholic Schools Week

enrolled in the Bishop McNamara Catholic School system, which includes kindergartners through high school students.

Fathers Daniel Belanger, John Peeters and Richard Pighini all were on the altar for the empowering liturgy.

In Las Vegas, Fr. Richard Rinn, CSV, pastor of St. Viator Catholic Community, celebrated the opening Mass on Sunday, with students participating in all aspects of the liturgy. Back at Saint Viator High School in Arlington Heights, Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV, celebrated Mass on Monday in the school’s chapel, kicking off a week filled with festivities.