Bishop visits Sacred Heart

Posted: January 31, 2014

Star staff report

Bishop Paul Loverde visited many of the students at Sacred Heart Academy. He is looks over some writing assignments with third-graders.

Winchester — Sacred Heart Academy was host to the Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Tuesday where he served as the main celebrant during the Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, kicking off the day’s celebration of Catholic Schools Week.

The national observance, which began Sunday and runs through Saturday, is marking its 40th anniversary.

“The 2014 theme, Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service, highlights not only the value that these schools bring to their students and the Church, but the bearing they have on the overall community,” said the Rev. Stanley Krempa, pastor of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.

Loverde celebrated Mass before about 200 students as well as parents, faculty, staff and members of the community.

During the Mass, he congratulated students, faculty, staff and parents for being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence because of its students’ overall academic achievement in math and reading.

There are more than 40 schools in the Arlington Diocese and about 20 are Blue Ribbon schools.

Following the Mass, Loverde toured the academy and stopped in to visit with many of the students during classes.

“He was really nice, and I liked the big hat he wore and staff he carried in church,” said first-grader Gerald Roberts.

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