For the first time since last spring – and for the first time including the Class of 2021 – Prep's full student body returned to campus Thursday morning to share in a tradition as old as Jesuit education itself: the Mass of the Holy Spirit.
The first school Mass of the year serves as a time to ask for the blessings and inspiration of the Holy Spirit as we begin new journeys. And as Fr. Boller pointed out in Thursday's homily, just as Jesus invited Peter and his fellow fishermen to try casting their nets just once more, one of the many opportunities a new school year holds is the chance to try again – to do more, to work harder, to discover something that once seemed impossible is now possible.
The Mass included several blessings for new members and new roles in the Prep community – the freshman class, the Campus Ministry Team, the new members of the faculty and staff, the new Eucharistic Ministers, and even a new altar for school Masses, built by Fr. Richard Zanoni, S.J. at Saint Andrew's Hall, the Jesuit novitiate in Syracuse, New York. It also included a blessing for members of the Class of 1947, who gathered to celebrate their 70th reunion lunch afterward.
View the video stream from the Mass, produced by the Prep TV Studio, below...