Thanksgiving week in 2019 unfolded throughout the Archdiocese of Washington through prayers and charitable outreach. Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory celebrated a Thanksgiving Mass at St. Anthony Church on Nov. 26, where students from St. Anthony Catholic School brought up offertory gifts that included food that they had collected for those in need. Students at Archbishop Carroll High School collected and distributed 13,000 pounds of food to 300 families in the D.C. area in the school's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, believed to be one of the largest such high school efforts in the United States. And Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington partnered with the Pepco energy company to host an annual Thanksgiving dinner for 350 homeless and poor guests. (CS Photos by Andrew Biraj)

Students brought their collected food to St. Anthony Church for the Thanksgiving Mass, where they welcomed Archbishop Gregory, who celebrated the Mass. (CS photo/Andrew Biraj)
Students in the St. Anthony Catholic School choir sang at the Thanksgiving Mass. (CS photo/Andrew Biraj)
Preaching at the St. Anthony's Mass, Archbishop Gregory emphasized the importance of giving thanks to God for His blessings. (CS photo/Andrew Biraj)
Archbishop Gregory receives offertory gifts of the donated food from St. Anthony's students. (CS photo/Andrew Biraj)
A St. Anthony's student sings during the Thanksgiving Mass. (CS photo/Andrew Biraj)
Archbishop Gregory, shown preaching to the St. Anthony school community at the Thanksgiving Mass, also visited the school in April on the day after it was announced that Pope Francis had named him as the new archbishop of Washington. (CS photo/Andrew Biraj)
St. Anthony's students line up to bring offertory gifts of donated food to the altar at the church. (CS photo/Andrew Biraj)
Archbishop Carroll students sort out and help distribute food that they collected during the high school's annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, believed to be one of the largest such efforts undertaken by a high school across the country. (CS photos/Andrew Biraj)
Guests arrive at the Nov. 26 Thanksgiving dinner for the homeless hosted by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington and Pepco. (CS photos/Andrew Biraj)
Washington Auxiliary Bishop Mario Dorsonville blesses a guest attending the Thanksgiving dinner hosted by Catholic Charities and Pepco. (CS photo/Andrew Biraj)