Student government leaders were introduced to the student body and installed by our principal and pastor after the mass on Grandparents's Day.
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Whenever the class who is preparing to receive First Eucharist gathers for a daily mass in the morning, they participate eagerly in all they can do (except, of course receive communion). That means they answer the prayers, pray the Our Father and usually help me with my homily. We also ask one of the children who has attended Sunday mass to ring the bells for the consecration.
This year's class seems to have developed an exuberant and inclusive "Sign of Peace" ritual which takes quite a bit longer than the cursory nod or glance most adults are accustomed to exchange.
It is well they remind us of the importance of the entire mass - especially the significance of the Sign of Peace wherein we recognize and respect the presence of Christ in each other and Christ's Lordship over us all.
Thank you to all who came and prayed the rosary with our school children this afternoon for our 2018 Living Rosary. The weather was warm (and the sunshine hot!) and the children prayed reverently in our Prayer Garden honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Today we celebrated the first school mass of the academic year with Holy Cross students, faculty and staff. Several of our school children helped us open the doors to the triptych and reveal the new painting for the reredos Risen Christ With Cross installed just yesterday. The paint is still wet!
The painting will be blessed at tomorrow's 10:30 AM mass when the parish family celebrates our patronal feast.
Our painting completes the story told by the art in the church nave itself. The crucifixion of Christ on the cross, its rediscovery by St. Helena shown in one of our original stained glass windows now in choir loft and the new painting. It will inspire us to understand that Christ's sufferings and our own do not end in despair or death, but are the pathways to glory and victory over sin, suffering and death.
Captain Jack from Jenkinson's Aquarium visited the Holy Cross School students on the last day of school. Doesn't the last day of school say "penguin" to you?
The end of the year school mass at Holy Cross School ended with the best "Lift High the Cross" singing by the students I have ever heard! The air was filled with reverence and enthusiasm...what a great combination. May our students be the salt and light of the earth this summer and may God protect them during their waking and their sleeping.
Thank you to all their teachers, the faculty and administration for a great year.
Have a Blessed Summer!
Many blessings on you and your families. The faculty, principal and myself are proud of the Christian way you treated each other this year and were happy to have the year end on an optimistic and enthusiastic note!
Holy Cross School 8th Grade Graduation and Baccalaureate Mass Tonight June 8, 2018 at 5 PM in Holy Cross Church
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We prayed Mass with our parish community this morning and were joined by the Holy Cross School students to mark this Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. Immediately following mass we prayed Day Five of the Nine Day Novena For Life. Today's intention was "May each person suffering from the loss of a child through abortion find hope & healing in Christ."
who held the best attendance record for Sunday masses from Holy Cross School,
for six consecutive weeks.
Everybody's praying about Mary this month! One of our First Grade Classes drew their homages to Mary. It's always interesting to listen to the explanations of their drawings.
Here are more photos of the Living Rosary which give a different perspective of the liturgy itself. The children group into five decades and each wears a distinctive color chosen for that particular decade. There are usually several children making up each "bead." The framework of the rosary is a plastic chain with the appropriately colored beads, consisting of plastic hoops.
A group of 8th grade boys carry the cross to each "bead" along with a microphone which transmits the beginning of their prayer over an outdoor speaker system to enable the other children to know when to join in with the second part of the Hail Mary, The Our Father, or the Glory Be.
It has been a tradition at Holy Cross to pray a rosary outdoors during the month of October, Mary's month. This year's Living Rosary was prayed in our prayer garden during a beautiful, sunny, summer-like afternoon. The children were reverent and well prepared. The support of their teachers and parents helped make the day especially prayerful. Thanks to the photos from Teresa Makin, our school's Director of Public Relations.