THE OPENING MASS for diocesan high schools to start the school year was celebrated at Catholic Central High School in Troy last week. CCHS students joined those from Bishop Maginn High School in Albany, Saratoga Central Catholic High School and Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons School in Schenectady.

Top, Rev. Robert Longobucco, diocesan vicar for Catholic faith formation and education and pastor of St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish in Schenectady, welcomes the students at the beginning of the liturgy.

Bottom, Maginn student Isaiah Johnson leads the Prayer of the Faithful and ND-BG music minister Elissa Harrigan sings with senior Natasha Sookrah. For more photos, see The Evangelist's print edition.(Nate Whitchurch photos)