BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Catholic Schools of Broome County kicked off Catholic Schools Week as one big family with all four schools coming together for a morning Mass.
The Mass was originally scheduled to be led by Syracuse Diocese Bishop Douglas J. Lucia but Bishop Lucia was unable to attend due to an illness.
"It's amazing to see our community come together," said Seton Central Catholic School Principal Matthew Martinkovic. "We are Catholic Schools, we are community," he said.
All four schools joining together at Seton Catholic Central to be a part of this national celebration.
"It's an opportunity for us around the nation to celebrate catholic schools and the importance that we bring to communities," he said
For administrators it's a chance to point out what they feel separates Catholic schools from other forms of K-12 education.
"Its an opportunity to be one on one," Martinkovic said. "Our teachers work so hard to have one on one we can individualize our education here," he said.
And while faith comes first, Martinkovic says that Academics are front and center as well.
"We have a one hundred percent graduation rate here, we offer seventeen AP courses, we partner with SUNY Broome with our fast forward program," he said.
The smaller size of a private school also offering what Martinkovic calls a family like atmosphere.
"This small community is like a family and that's what I want for my family and it's what I want for this community," he said.
A sentiment that one student shared with 12 News after the event.
"It's a community that sticks together and it's a community that is there for each other, so this Seton community has helped me grow as a person" said Seton Catholic Central Senior Dylan Fahs.
The celebration of Catholic Schools Week will continue Tuesday with a flag raising at Binghamton City Hall at 11 a.m.