Thousands of children received blessings Wednesday morning at the Corpus Christi Cathedral, in hopes of good grades and a safe academic year.

It was a packed house as the Corpus Christi Catholic Diocese, along with students from different Catholic schools, celebrated a special back-to-school mass.

Bishop Michael Mulvey, spiritual leader of the local diocese, delivered the homily, asking for God's blessings upon all schools and students as the new year of learning begins.

More than 800 representatives from the 19 Catholic schools across the Diocese of Corpus Christi attended the event.