St. Justin School Celebrates Weekly All-School “Teaching” Mass
St. Justin School is celebrating a weekly all-school Mass with the parish community each Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. The first all-school Mass was held on Sept. 11 with Fr. George Mancha, Parochial Vicar, officiating. The weekly mass includes a “teaching” that focuses on the traditions and rituals of the Catholic Church. During the first Mass, Fr. George explained to the students the significance of his vestments and how it relates to our Catholic history and traditions of Jesus’ time. At another liturgy, Fr. George taught about the symbolism of candles and the ritual of lighting the small baptismal candle from the Paschal candle during the Sacrament of baptism. These weekly teachings aim to make the celebration of mass a more enriching and educational experience for the St. Justin School community.
Each week a different homeroom participates in planning the liturgy, performing the readings and petitions, and leading the school in singing hymns at Mass. Parish Music Director, Lillian Kwiatkowski, has formed a school choir for grades 3-8. The school choir participates in the music ministry with special music selections, including choir-performed songs, small groups, duets, and solos. The school choir will also join the Parish Children’s Choir on one Sunday a month at the family Mass.
This weekly all-school mass is an addition to our St. Justin School tradition that will help to build community between the school and parish, strengthen our children’s understanding of our Catholic identity, and reinforce our faith and values.