On the Feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary on First Friday, October 7th – 2011. over one million Catholic school Children from around the world, including the three campuses of Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School, came before the Most Blessed Sacrament.
“We were united with all the children of the world, along with those gathered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.,” said Deacon Jim Labadie, who teaches at the high school campus. “Having Adoration brought an added dimension to our weekly school Mass, reminding us that no matter where we are, in or outside of Mass, Jesus Christ is truly present in the Eucharist,” commented junior David Norris. The Chapel at Montgomery Catholic’s Middle/High School Campus, and St. Bede’s Church, St. Bede Campus, were used for the event, which also included a Procession of the Blessed Sacrament.
All 797 students at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School participated in the day dedicated to praying for a deepened awareness of Christ’s presence in the Eucharist, an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and a reawakening of the vocation of Marriage and the family. “The fact is we are suffering from a crisis of vocation across the board, marriage, priesthood and religious life. Going before the Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament makes us aware of His presence in the midst of our circumstances. Being in His presence provokes an experience that helps us rediscover our desire for the infinite, the living God who makes Himself known in the face of Jesus Christ,” said Tom Riello, religion teacher.
“I have been exposed to Adoration quite a bit in Montgomery with the various parishes offering the opportunity to adore the Lord. To have that same opportunity offered where I go to school is amazing, it is special. What we do at Montgomery Catholic is related to what is done in our parishes,” remarked sophomore Andrea Hayes.
Pictured: The Eucharistic procession at Montgomery Catholic Preparatory School’s Middle/High School Campus.