|View a recording of the August 16 Blessing of the Students event, embedded below or available on Facebook and Youtube.|
The article below was originally published on August 13.
Catholic school families are invited to join a community-wide event along with families from other area schools, lifting up students in prayer ahead of the 2020-21 academic year.
The annual Blessing of the Students is for students from preschool through college age. It will be held online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. At 6 p.m. on Sunday, August 16, log onto the Blessing of the Students Facebook page or YouTube channel to watch the program.
It's the 27th year for Blessing of the Students, which is being planned by several Grand Rapids-area churches, schools, and community groups. Prayer will be offered by area clergy members including Father Colin Mulhall, co-chaplain of Catholic Central High School.
Along with students, prayers will be offered for everyone involved in education, including parents, families, teachers, para-professionals, administrators, service staff, bus drivers, community, law enforcement and city leaders. The program will also feature some inspiring remarks, music, and more. One of the speakers will be David Faber, superintendent of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids.
Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,340 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.