To kick-off Catholic Schools Week activities and events throughout the Archdiocese, Archbishop José H. Gomez will celebrate the annual Family Mass at St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy, a co-ed Catholic high school in Downey on Monday, Jan. 28, at 9:45 a.m. School choirs from Catholic elementary schools around the area, and families of diverse backgrounds and faiths will also join this celebration.

Archbishop Gomez will celebrate Mass and bless a new altar made by a parent for school liturgies. Prior to the Mass a student will share a reflection on the impact Catholic education has made in her life. Students and alumni will participate in readings, prayers of the faithful and the offertory.

A special recognition will be presented to the Dan Murphy Foundation, which has been a generous benefactor to Catholic high schools throughout the Archdiocese.

As part of the National Catholic Schools Week, observed in all dioceses in the United States from January 27 - February 2, schools throughout the tri-county Archdiocese (Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara), serving nearly 80,000 students, will host open houses highlighting unique programs and offerings, special events and Masses. For list of open house events, visit

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