Catholic Schools Week got a fitting kick-off at St. Cornelius Parish in Chadds Ford as Msgr. Gregory Parlante, the pastor, celebrated 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Jan. 25 with a full church of parishioners including many students of the parish school. After Mass the school hosted an open house for parishioners and others to see the good news of Catholic education. In addition to a Saturday evening vigil Mass, St. Cornelius celebrates four Masses each Sunday at 7:30, 9 and 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. The church is located at 160 Ridge Road in Chadds Ford, Delaware County. (Photos by Sarah Webb)

Mark Nicosia carries the processional cross in the opening procession for Mass.

Noah (left) and Charlotte (right) pray with their mom Stephanie McFadden.


The St. Cornelius Youth Choir includes students of the parish school.

The Mass on Sunday, Jan. 25 was standing room only for worshipers, but parish officials say most of the Masses at the church are as well.

Anna Hricko serves as cantor for the Mass.


As typical of Masses at the church, the back walls accommodate many worshipers.

Deacon Ronald Lewis incenses the Book of Gospels before proclaiming the Gospel reading.


Msgr. Gregory Parlante, pastor of St. Cornelius Parish, preaches the homily for Mass on the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.


Msgr. Parlante elevates the consecrated Communion host.

Fourth grader Ava Iannucci takes her job seriously as she directs the children’s bell choir.

Extraordinary minister of holy Communion Veronica Egner distributes the Eucharist at Mass. She also serves the parish as a weekend sacristan.

Students of St. Cornelius School perform a skit for parishioners observing the start of Catholic School Week.

A family tours St. Cornelius School after Mass.

Parents check out their kids’ classroom and meet teachers for Catholic Schools Week.

The Andrew family tours the school for after the Mass.