Celebrating Catholic Schools Week

| February 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

A student’s reflection

On Wednesday, January 30, students from Divine Mercy Catholic School and Bethlehem Academy began their school day celebrating Mass with Archbishop [John] Nienstedt. Our entire school community, from preschool through grade twelve, gathered together in prayer showing tremendous unity as a Catholic school family. In addition, many of our parents and grandparents were able to join us too.

Being chosen as an altar server for the Mass made me feel honored and humbled. When the archbishop arrived, I was able to introduce myself to him and shake his hand. Not only did I truly feel holiness in his presence, I was amazed at how fancy and ornate his vestments were.

Because my dad had told me the archbishop often begins his homilies with a song, I was not surprised when “Like a Shepherd” flowed tunefully and confidently from his lips.

The students from Bethlehem Academy were a great example to those of us at Divine Mercy. They taught us reverence through their prayerfulness and by the way they were dressed. Yet on the other hand, we at the elementary school were able to remind our B.A. buddies what it means to sing and worship freely.

I can’t think of a better way to start a school day, especially during Catholic Schools’ Week! Celebrating the Eucharist with Archbishop Nienstedt, our two priests (Fr. Finnegan and Fr. Lundgren), classmates, and even some grandparents, kept me inspired throughout the day. We, in Faribault, were blessed to have several generations of Catholic school supporters celebrating Mass together.

Griffin Malecha
Grade 6
Divine Mercy Catholic School Faribault

Archbishop John Nienstedt greets kindergarteners Anna Tobin and Noah Casper as they bring him the gifts during a Catholic Schools Week Mass Jan. 30 at Divine Mercy in Faribault. Mitchell Malecha, a junior at Bethlehem Academy, looks on. Photo courtesy of St. Croix Catholic School

Archbishop John Nienstedt greets kindergarteners Anna Tobin and Noah Casper as they bring him the gifts during a Catholic Schools Week Mass Jan. 30 at Divine Mercy in Faribault. Mitchell Malecha, a junior at Bethlehem Academy, looks on. Photo courtesy of Divine Mercy Catholic School

St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater held its second annual day-long “Faith Rally” on Jan. 31. The day of faith started with an all-school Mass, followed by the demonstration of a living rosary, saint activities, service projects, and prayer. Above, Ben Corbid, a 7th-grader, works with kindergartener Chase Yocum to create a rosary bracelet during the service project portion of the day. Photo courtesy of St. Croix Catholic School

St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater held its second annual day-long “Faith Rally” on Jan. 31. The day of faith started with an all-school Mass, followed by the demonstration of a living rosary, saint activities, service projects, and prayer. Above, Ben Corbid, a 7th-grader, works with kindergartener Chase Yocum to create a rosary bracelet during the service project portion of the day. Photo courtesy of St. Croix Catholic School

 

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