Msgr. Albin Grous, pastor of St. Andrew the Apostle Parish in Drexel Hill, Delaware County, celebrated Mass on Sunday, Jan. 28 to begin the observance of Catholic Schools Week at his parish school, along with all schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese this week. Msgr. Grous and St. Andrew School Principal Helen McLean received national honors from the National Catholic Educational Association, along with three others in the archdiocese, the most of any in the United States. Read all about how they revived enrollment for the now-thriving St. Andrew School. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
St. Andrew Church is located at School Lane and Foss Avenue in Drexel Hill, Delaware County.
Ethan and Sophie Civillico pray during Mass. The brother and sister attend Regina Angelorum Academy.
Lucy McDonough attends Mass with her mother Amanda DiNofia.
Parishioners present the offertory gifts to Msgr. Albin Grous, celebrant for the Mass.
Msgr. Albin Grous, pastor, consecrates the Eucharist at Mass.
From left, Erik, Michelle and Summer Cook — a fourth grade student at St. Andrew School — pray during Mass on Sunday, Jan. 28.
Parishioners, including school Principal Helen McLean at left, offer one another a sign of peace.
Msgr. Albin Grous blesses James Sartori in his father Vince’s arm as his Sister Olivia looks on.
Christopher Ezzie receives holy Communion from Msgr. Albin Grous.
Christopher and Ava Ezzie, students at St. Andrew School, pray during Mass.
The congregation applauds Helen McLean and Msgr. Albin Grous on their NCEA awards.
Principal Helen McLean receives a bouquet of flowers at Mass in recognition of her “Lead. Learn. Proclaim.” Award by the National Catholic Educational Association.
St. Andrew eighth grade student Emily McFadden speaks about Catholic Schools Week to the congregation at Mass.