Catholic schools found fun and clever ways to celebrate Catholic Schools Week Jan. 31 to Feb. 6. Each school planned different events every day.
Students at Immaculate Conception School in Fort Smith launch their balloon rosary at 2 p.m. Feb. 2 during Catholic Schools Week. Across the city at three other Catholic schools — Christ the King, St. Boniface and Trinity Junior High — students also gathered on their school grounds at the same time to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet and simultaneously launch colorful balloon rosaries into the afternoon sky.
At Immaculate Conception School, the rosary got caught in the trees and repeated valiant attempts to relaunch it were unsuccessful. Principal Sharon Blentlinger, speaking on a bullhorn, reassured the students that God had heard their prayers even though the balloons failed to reach the heavens as they finished their chaplet.
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