Ascension Thursday May 24, 2017
May 23, 2017 A.D
Dear Parents and Guardians,
This Thursday is Ascension Thursday, a Holy Day of Obligation for Catholics. In this great feast we celebrate the Ascension of Our Lord into heaven, forty days after his resurrection from the dead. We hold, as Catholics, that both events truly happened and were witnessed by the Apostles, and they are core aspects of the Paschal Mystery. They are made present to us in the mystery of the Mass; as the consecrated host ascends in the hands of the priest, we are made present in the mystery of His Ascension.
For this reason, St. Peter School will be having its school Mass on Thursday at 9 AM this week, instead of Friday. I would like to invite all parents, guardians, and family members to come to the Mass as well. Additionally, St. Peter students will be engaged a few other activities for the day:
a) distribution and investiture in the brown scapular after Mass
b) grades K-4 will watch two age appropriate videos on the Resurrection and the Ascension of Jesus following Mass
c) Grades 5-8 will watch a film on Our Lady of Fatima, given the 100th year anniversary celebrated earlier this month
d) students in grades 1-8 will pray the Rosary at 1:30, reflecting on various biblical passages.
Since it is a Holy Day of Obligation, I have further asked teachers to substitute lighter activities, either fun or spiritual at other times of the school day instead of the normal regiment of school work.
Our goal is to communicate to the students the sacredness of our holy days and to reflect on the mystery of the Ascension. For those who cannot attend the 9 AM Mass at St. Peter, please click here for the parish schedule of Masses.
We hope to see you at the 9 AM Mass!