Weekly Reflection from Father John...
Last week we celebrated Ascension Thursday. Now we are in a situation that is “Already but Not Yet”. In the Liturgical Year we are remembering the need to pray that Jesus send from the Father the promised Advocate. However Pentecost is event in the past that has already happened. The Advocate is upon us. It has happened but we are anticipating it: “Already but Not Yet”
We find ourselves the same situation with the school year. The seniors are finishing and regular classes are closing. We feel like the end is already here. However we are Not Done Yet. We may hear the sea gulls, the oceans waves, and the rides of the board walk calling to us. But the race is not over. There is still very important work to be done.
Let’s put the two of these together. In this “Already but not quite yet” time of the year let us pray that Holy Spirit comes to us in power now. We ask the Advocate to help us finish the race we have been running since September. Before we jump on the A.C. expressway and start those Wildwood Days we need to embrace these days right in front us with perseverance, drive, and attention. We ask the Spirit to lead and guide us through these last days of exams and the school year.
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.