Catholic Schools Week begins in WNY

Monday is the start of Catholic Schools Week, however this year it’s bittersweet. This will be the last Catholic Schools Week for hundreds of students at the 10 Catholic schools that are slated to close at the end of the year.

Bishop Malone was scheduled to visit Saints Peter and Paul School in Hamburg, but weather closed the school Monday.

Inside St. John the Baptist School, teachers open the door to the world every day. And in this little corner of the world in Kenmore, students, teachers and staff form a second family, built on a foundation of learning, faith and friendship. It’s that spirit that St. John’s, and schools across the Buffalo Diocese, celebrate during ‘Catholic Schools Week’ every year.

St. John the Baptist School’s Linda Garrity said, “And to think about all the great times we’ve had, certainly making some good times in the moment and looking forward to the times ahead.”

St. John’s can look forward to the future knowing it has been spared from a painful round of catholic school closings. Thirty-five elementary schools in western New York will stay open, 10 will not.

Garrity said, “We’ve been a vibrant school. We’ve been successful academically, we meet the financial guidelines, our enrollment has been on the increase.”

Blessed that it can carry on a tradition of excellence.

“Kids want a place where they feel safe and where they feel they could speak to adults and have relationships. And this is definitely, catholic schools in general, are definitely places that foster that,” said Garrity.

St. John’s, along with other Catholic schools in western New York will be welcoming families in for tours and shadow days in the weeks and months ahead. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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