Monday, August 22, 2011

Beginning the year as we should - with the Eucharist.

In keeping with a long tradition dating from the founding of the great European universities in the Middle Ages, CMH celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the start of each academic year. During the liturgy we ask for the inspiration, guidance, and presence of God's Spirit on all of our school activities. This prayerful event gathers the entire CMH community together to rededicate ourselves to our CMH mission, to renew friendships, and to welcome new members.

Joining me in this celebration were four fine young priests who are involved at CMH in various ways. From left to right - Fr. Kevin Barnekow, the newly ordained associate pastor at St. William Parish who looks forward to being chaplain to the basketball teams; Fr. Phil Bogacki, associate pastor of St. John Vianney Parish, a new member of the CMH Board of Directors who will also be working with our CMH Pro-Life Club; Fr. Erich Weiss, associate pastor of Jerome Parish and chaplain to the hockey teams; and Fr. Sean O'Connell, associate pastor of St. Dominic who was the first associate to start working as our football chaplain two years ago.

The readings for the mass were Ezekiel 36:24-28; Ephesians 4:1-6; and Luke 4:16-22. My homily centered the community becoming one in Christ as each member grows in Faith, Maturity, Humility, Leadership and Caritas in Omnibus. An audio version of the homily should be online in a day or so.

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