The Rev. Bob Stec, left, pastor of St. Ambrose Catholic Parish, and Bishop Nelson J. Perez, right, of the Diocese of Cleveland, distribute flowers to educators from St. Ambrose Catholic School during an all-school Mass on Wednesday in Brunswick.
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BRUNSWICK — St. Ambrose Catholic Parish celebrated Catholic Schools week with a Mass presided over by the Most Rev. Nelson J. Perez, bishop of the Diocese of Cleveland, on Wednesday morning.
The service brought together parishioners along with students and faculty from St. Ambrose Catholic School.
“Catholic Schools Week is a time for us just to really thank God and thank the community for their support of having the blessing of the Catholic Schools,” said the Rev. Bob Stec, pastor of St. Ambrose.
Stec said the school has been celebrating Catholic Schools Week in a variety of ways, including showcasing students’ work with an open house and science fair, along with hosting a breakfast for civic leaders to which more than 160 people attended.
“Those are just some of the highlights of the last couple days,” Stec said. “It is truly just a moment for us to celebrate what is best in our Catholic school and our Catholic education system.”
Perez, who was installed as the 11th bishop of Cleveland in October, said the theme for Catholic School Week this year centers on four words: learn, serve, lead and succeed.
“In a lot of ways, (the theme) is indicative of the mission of the Catholic schools centered on our faith in Christ and our love for the church and for the world,” the bishop said.
At the close of the all-school Mass, each St. Ambrose educator was presented with flowers by Stec and Perez as a thank-you for their dedication to Catholic education. Second-grade teacher Nicole Shreve and music and band teacher Joshua Wortman also were recognized for five years of service at St. Ambrose School.
Following Mass, grants totaling nearly $1.4 million from the Catholic Community Foundation were awarded to 156 Catholic schools and parish catechetical programs. The funds were distributed to school principles, pastors and catechetical leaders. The funding received by each school is not made public, foundation spokeswoman Linda Corcoran said.
Grant money will be used to help fund textbooks, upgrade technology, enhance school curriculum with STREAM (science, technology, religion, arts and mathematics) programs and establish 21st-century learning initiatives, the foundation said in a statement.
“Today was a great day, not only for St. Ambrose but across the country,” Perez said following Mass. “This is Catholic Schools Week all across the country where we celebrate the gift of catholic education and the gift Catholic schools are in our diocese, in our communities, and for our families.”
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