Weekly Reflection from Father John...
Time to Decide!
In this past Sunday’s first reading and the gospel, people were faced with difficult choices. They could embrace hard teachings and a high moral code, or they could do the easy thing and walk away. Thankfully in the first reading the Israelites followed Joshua as he proclaimed that he and his household would serve the Lord. The disciples recognized that even though Jesus’ teachings may be difficult, He is the Holy One of God and has the words of eternal life.
In a similar way at this time of year, we are faced with making a decision. We have to go back to school and work. This is not a decision it is a fact. The decision is to choose how we engage in this school year. We can let the wheels of time turn without engaging, experiencing and participating. We can seek to avoid interaction, fight the turn of time, or give in to the negativity that can surround us. Or we can embrace the coming school year making the best of what God has laid out before us. This year’s theme is “Find the Joy!” It may not always be easy to see or readily at our fingertips; however, God promises to the one who seeks that He will find. As we make the last minute preparations for next week and buy the last odds and ends, let us take a quiet moment with God and ask him to help us make the decision and joyfully engage in the 2018-19 school year.
Please know of my prayers for each of you.
Every morning before we start the school day, we pray together for the intentions of our students, staff and community. If you have an intention please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sacrifice of the Mass is offered daily at 7:15 a.m. in the chapel. Everyone in the O'Hara community is invited and encouraged to participate.
All School Mass
The Eucharistic is the center of our Catholic Identity. We gather as a school once a month to celebrate Mass together and worship the Lord in song and prayer.
Penance Services and Confession
School wide penance services are held four times a year for our students, faculty and staff. Local pastors and parochial vicars from the Archdiocese join our own priests to offer the sacrament at these services. The school minister is also available at any time to hear confessions.
Retreats are offered once a year for every class. They are designed to give students the opportunity to renew their relationship with God and deepen their faith through meaningful talks, prayer, song, and silence.
Altar Serving and Lector Training
Students are encouraged to participate in school liturgies by becoming lectors and altar servers. Students may sign up in the Campus Ministry Office. Training will be provided.
Twice a year we have special weeks where we offer the students a chance to adore Christ in the Eucharist.