Whether they are carrying their first box of crayons to preschool or lugging a locker-full of textbooks from class to class, a backpack is the symbol of the student’s call to grow in wisdom. We want to send all students and school teachers back to school with our prayers and blessings. ALL STUDENTS (public, private or home schooled) and school teachers are joyfully invited to bring their backpacks, briefcases, or tote bags – and their friends – to Prince of Peace for our first “Blessing of the Backpacks" on August 3 and 4 at all Masses except for the Sunday 7am Mass. All bags will be blessed and all students/staff will be presented with a blessed keepsake. As we celebrate God’s gift of learning, we will pray for His blessing on students and schools in the coming year.