SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ - Union Catholic began its celebration of National Catholic Schools Week on Monday morning with a prayer service that was delivered by Nadia Blouin, Lauren Diawatan and Meghan Gelcius.

Since 1974, National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. It started yesterday and will run through this Saturday. The theme for National Catholic Schools Week this year is "Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.''

Blouin,a junior, and Diawatan and Gelcius, who are seniors, are all members of the Peer Ministry Club at Union Catholic. They were each selected by Mr. John Becht, UC's Campus Minister, to deliver prayers, which were aired on UCTV.

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"It's really good to be a part of this prayer service for the greater Catholic School community,'' said Blouin. "I'm really glad that I got to take part in this. It's a very important part of Catholic Schools week here at Union Catholic.''          

Union Catholic (1600 Martine Ave., Scotch Plains) prepares a diverse student body to fulfill their college and career goals by cultivating the students' achievement of academic standards of excellence within a value-centered environment, strong in its commitment to our core values (respect, responsibility, honesty, compassion, and community), and to the establishment of a community of faith and love in the Catholic tradition. For more information, call (908) 889-1600 or visit