Pupils from St. Joseph Elementary School performing a song about keeping the love of God in your heart and carrying it with you wherever you go.
ALL: CORINNE HAYHURST/SPECIAL TO THE CATHOLIC VOICE
Bishop, St. Joseph community
celebrate Feast of All Saints
Bishop Barber distributes communion.
St. Joseph Notre Dame High School welcomed Bishop Michael C. Barber, SJ, to preside at its annual All Saints Day liturgy on Nov. 1. Pupils and faculty from St. Joseph Elementary School joined SJND, along with St. Joseph Basilica parish members, as one family in SJND's Kelly Gymnasium.
SJND Theology Chair Mike Kamplain provided a brief catechesis before the Mass on the important role of the local bishop in the life of Catholic community. During the Mass, Bishop Barber shared stories about young saints, including St. Maria Goretti, St. Joan of Arc and St. Tarsicius, as examples of lives of virtue, love and forgiveness at a young age. He also reflected on his own days of teaching high school history, and emphasized during his homily that we are never too young to be inspired and to do great things. Regardless of what we become in life, the most important thing to remember is that we are sons and daughters of God.
"Being a child of God is the path to being a saint," said Deacon Matthew Murray, SJND's campus minister, after the Mass. "Every single one of our students has the potential of becoming a saint, one who does great things for God and others."
Joining the bishop and Deacon Murray at the altar were Rev. George Alengadan, St. Joseph pastor; Rev. John Carrillo, associate pastor; and Rev. Alexander Castillo, priest secretary to the bishop.
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