The student body, staff and faculty joined Fr. Chris Ballard of St. James Church in Syracuse, to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the Lynch Gymnasium on Tuesday.
Senior David Polhemus read the Call to Worship.
“Many Catholics are confused about this Holy Day,” Polhemus read. “Today’s feast celebrates the fact that Mary was chosen from the moment of her own conception to be the mother of Jesus. God chose Mary and never let original sin touch her soul. As you listen to the readings today, be attentive to Mary’s response to God and how she rejoiced in being one of God’s chosen ones. What is your own response to God?”
Seniors Kate LaCasse and Brennan Carman were responsible for the readings. Senior Dana Tuohey and juniors Allison Croucher and Chiara Corey presented the general intercessions. Sophomore Daniel Polhemus, freshman Paige Alletzhauser and eighth grader Peyton Shumpert were the gift bearers. Senior Clare Pierret and junior Justin Strott were the altar servers and senior Emily Hanson carried the cross.
The “Jubilee” group, which includes both students and faculty, along with some instrumental and vocal soloists, provided the music for the Mass.
Following communion, freshman cellist Michael Geiss performed “Elegy” by Faure. Senior Nate Burns then presented this year’s Advent drive. As they have done every year, students are collecting toys and clothing for the children at the Salvation Army. Burns, along with classmates Geoff Parkes and Will Ierlan produced the following video, which was also shown at the Mass.
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