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Bishop Leads Eucharistic Procession At Pius X for Catholic Schools Week

LINCOLN (PX/SNR) - The hallmark of the Catholic Schools Week observation at Pius X High School in Lincoln was the Jan. 29 school-wide Eucharistic procession led by Bishop James Conley, and followed by a school Mass.

Students dressed up in anticipation of the Eucharistic procession that began in the school chapel and continued throughout the hallways. During the procession – led by Bishop Conley, Pius X superintendent James Meysenburg and faculty priests – students knelt in the hallways and recited the Divine Mercy Chaplet being sung over the loudspeaker.

"I cannot adequately describe how powerful it was to see 1,100 students lining the hallways, kneeling in Adoration while praying as our bishop made a solemn procession through our building," said Tom Korta, principal.

During his homily, Bishop Conley told the students, "this is a week of the year when we give thanks to God and we recognize the gift of Catholic education. As I processed the Blessed Sacrament through the hallways of the school, I thought: Christ, the Eucharistic king, reigns in this school. His mercy pours through the hallways, classrooms, students and teachers in this school," he said.

Bishop Conley also shared how moved he was by the students reverently kneeling and praying during the Eucharistic procession.

"That is what Catholic schools are all about: the ability to not only to grow in knowledge, but also to grow in holiness."

At the end of Mass, Student Council President Kiley Farrell thanked all the priests and religious who work at Pius X.

In addition to the procession and Mass, students were visited in their classrooms throughout the day by parents and college students who spoke about the value of Catholic education and keeping one’s Catholic faith in college. At lunch, students watched a slide show on the priests and religious who serve as educators and administrators at the school.

The rest of the weeklong celebration included themes for each day. On Monday, "Alumni Day," faculty and staff greeted students and handed out prayer cards and candy as they arrived. Students dressed in costumes depicting careers and occupations. At lunch, Alumni Director Kristin Heath presented a slide show highlighting alumni who are current parents, faculty or staff, and displayed photos and quotes from Pius X graduates from around the country, on how their lives were positively impacted by Pius X High School.

While Wednesday’s "Parent Day" was cancelled due to a snowstorm, students returned to school in uniform on Thursday, "Faculty/Staff Day," while faculty and staff had a jeans-and-spirit-wear day. An anonymous donor provided a complementary coffee bar in the faculty lounge, and throughout the day, students distributed hand-written thank-you notes to administrators, faculty and staff.

The week ended with a pep rally on Friday, "Student Day," during which students could wear spirit gear or dress as a favorite book or movie character. After the pep rally, students were treated to cookies by St. Elizabeth’s Regional Medical Center. The day culminated with a victorious basketball game over Omaha Gross, and dance held later that evening.

"When I first read the theme for Catholic Schools Week— ‘Raising the Standards’—my thoughts went to how we, as a school, try to raise the standards for our students," Mr. Korta said. "As the week unfolded, I was reminded that it is our students who are constantly raising the standards by surpassing what I ever believe is possible in terms of their reverence, spirit of sacrifice, and enthusiasm for our Lord. We are truly blessed."

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