Marian Catholic High School celebrates first Mass of school year

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Fr. William O’Mara, Chaplain for Marian Catholic High School, is assisted by Daniel Kasperan and Kaitlyn Nichols, both sophomores from St. John, Indiana, at Marian Catholic High School’s first Mass of the school year. (Photo provided)
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First in-person Mass to start school year in two years

Information provided by Marian Catholic High School

CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (September 13, 2022) – Nearly 1,000 people gathered last Friday morning at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights to spiritually kick off the new school year and celebrate being an in-person community.

Students, parents, faculty, and staff celebrated the first Mass of the school year Friday, while nearly 50 students led all who gathered by giving reflections about the day’s Bible readings and serving as readers, ushers, Eucharistic ministers, and choir members.

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Paul Arquilla (right), a senior from Palos Park, gives Communion to Chloe Terry, a senior from Homewood, at Marian Catholic High School’s first Mass of the school year. (Photo provided)
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Members of the Marian Catholic High School Choir led the students, staff and parents in praise and worship music throughout the Mass.

“After more than two years of nothing being truly normal in our students’ lives, it’s pure joy to be able to spiritually gather as one whole community and begin a new year like we did before the pandemic began,” said Steve Tortorello, Principal of Marian Catholic High School. “Gathering for Mass and giving thanks to God creates a true sense of connectedness, something that’s been difficult to find because of COVID.”

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“Every student, no matter the grade, joining together at same time for the one purpose of celebrating our faith really builds our community,” said Peter Cavalieri, a senior at Marian Catholic who lives in Homewood. “Mass is especially important because it reminds us that, as individuals, we each have the job of serving and loving others, especially those people who are in greatest need.”

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Marian Catholic High School is located at 700 Ashland Avenue in Chicago Heights. (Photo: Josh Bootsma)

Marian Catholic High School is a Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school within the Dominican tradition of study, prayer, community, and preaching. Marian Catholic High School is located at 700 Ashland Avenue in Chicago Heights.

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