Courtesy Queen of Peace School
Kyle Munro, a student from Sacred Heart, receives a blessing during Communion at the Catholic Schools Week Mass for Salem-area schools.

Courtesy Queen of Peace School

Kyle Munro, a student from Sacred Heart, receives a blessing during Communion at the Catholic Schools Week Mass for Salem-area schools.

SALEM — Queen of Peace Parish here welcomed an estimated 750 students from Salem schools for the Catholic Schools Week Mass Feb. 2. Blanchet, St. Joseph, St. Vincent and Sacred Heart students joined their peers from Queen of Peace to pray in gratitude for Catholic education. The principal celebrant was Father Tim Mockaitis, pastor of Queen of Peace.

Following the liturgy, 450 elementary students stayed for a pizza lunch, sponsored by the Salem Area Catholic Schools Foundation. And “the Lord provided sunshine,” said Carl Mucken, Queen of Peace principal.