Catholic schools were visible front and center Jan. 29 during a Mass in honor of the Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the campus of The Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, D.C The Mass, held to mark the opening of the university's spring semester, coincided with Catholic Schools Week. The Mass was broadcast live on EWTN and many Catholic schools across the country participated at their local sites.
Catholic University invited Christian Brother Robert Bimonte, NCEA vice president, to offer the first reading. Students from Archbishop Carroll High School and St. Anthony Catholic School, both in Washington, participated as standard bearers and gift bearers and were seated in the first row of pews on each side of the aisle. Archbishop Carroll student Courtney Davis offered part of the responsorial psalm. The choir was composed of the Schola, aspirants for the Dominican priesthood, from the Dominican House of Studies in Washington.
In welcoming university faculty, students and guests, CUA President John Garvey said, "It is fitting that we should also use this occasion to commemorate National Catholic Schools Week" and he noted that many Catholic elementary and secondary schools were participating in the liturgy via the live broadcast.
Dominican Father Brian Martin Mulcahy was celebrant and homilist for the Mass. …