Monday, November 28, 2011

Penance, Service, Advent Preparation

On this, the first school day of Advent, as is our tradition, the school community gathered for a Reconciliation Service, and then in the period of time needed to make individual confessions available to all students, the class rotated through various presentations.

Below is pictured the presentation of the great outcomes that flowed from the Haunted House, with checks presented to two worthwhile causes; updates and reflections on the NHS Thanksgiving Food Drive and the Service Club Thanksgiving Dinner.

In the cafeteria, students reviewed a variety of way that they can get involved in service during the Advent and Christmas season. Of special focus this year was the presentation by Rosemary Reilly, '84, on the various works of the local Salvation Army.

In the auditorium, the international students were given a more formal opportunity to introduce themselves and the culture from which they come.

I want to take the chance to offer special thanks to the eight priests who came to assist with individual confessions today. Their support of CMH and our students is greatly appreciated.

Monsignor Ross Shecterle, Temporary administrator, St. Mary Visitation, Elm Grove

Fr. Ralph Gross, pastor, St. Bruno, Dousman

Fr. Dick Robinson, pastor, St. Joseph, Big Bend

Fr. Ken Knueppel, pastor, St. John Vianney, Brookfield

Fr. Phil Bogacki, associate pastor, St. John Vianney (also a member of the CMH Board and chaplain to the Pro-Life Club)

Fr. Erich Weiss, associate pastor, St. Jerome, Oconomowoc (and chaplain to the Hockey team)

Fr. Kevin Barnekow, associate pastor, St. William, Waukesha (and chaplain to the Basketball teams)

Fr. Chuck Wrobel, associate pastor, Holy Apostles, New Berlin

The prayer service began at 9:30am this morning and all nine priests were consistently busy hearing individual confessions until just after noon. I am proud of all of our students who take the Sacrament of Reconciliation so seriously.

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