Weekly Reflection from Father John...
A Reading from the Book of Hot Sauce?
In our daily Mass readings this week we have been hearing wisdom from the Book of Sirach. That is pronounced SAI-rak not as some students would say Sriracha, as in the Hot Sauce. The Book of Sirach is part of the Wisdom Literature. It has been described as an encyclopedia on good religion and wise living. Throughout the book the author describes in great detail just what wisdom is; sometimes it is divine; sometimes it is a synonym for God’s law; sometimes it is human. But the author makes clear that even human wisdom, properly understood, ultimately comes from God.
One of the highlights of this week’s readings is the sayings on Friendship:
“A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth.”
“A faithful friend is a life-saving remedy.”
“Let your acquaintances be many, but one in a thousand your confidant.”
Sirach also warns against false friends, those that are only around for selfish reasons and those that leave when trials come. Let this be a reminder for us that Friendship is indeed a gift from God. It is something that should be treasured and not taken lightly. Let us thank God for the friends in our lives, hold on to them and remember to pray for them in their needs, their struggles, and their joys.
We can use this moment to check on the one person who is consistently extending his in friendship towards us, God. Jesus told his Disciples: “I no longer call you slaves but friends.” He is the best friend any of us could ask for but the one we sometimes ignore the most. So I challenge you today to spend some time renewing your Friendship with God.
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 email@example.com
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.