SAN BERNARDINO—Holy Week is one of the main reasons parents choose Catholic School. Children at Our Lady of the Assumption School are prime examples of students taking full advantage of the many opportunities for worship and celebration that Holy Week provides.
Junior High began this holiest of weeks by leading the entire OLA congregation in 10 a.m. Palm Sunday Mass. Father Rogelio González, Pastor, led the Hosanna procession into Mass, beginning in the school courtyard and concluding in the church as the school choir led participants in song.
Students proclaimed the Mass Readings and served as Narrator.
“It’s never too early for children to begin training in ministry,” remarked OLA Music Ministry Coordinator Kathleen Estrella.
Monday saw second grade teacher Jennifer Houghton incorporating student Mission boxes into her money-counting math lessons, and first and fifth graders buddied up for the Stations of the Cross. Fourth grade teacher Heather Guereca hosted a Seder meal for her students on the floor of their classroom, commemorating this holy event with an art project of the Last Supper for students to take home and share with their families.
Then on Tuesday the entire school gathered in the church for the annual Passion Play. Deacon Gino Galley, soon to be ordained a priest, commented on the care and preparation the OLA Student Council displayed, saying, “It’s clear the students worked extremely hard to make the Passion of Christ come alive for their peers.”
Spy Wednesday provided all students with an opportunity to attend morning Mass together. The following day, kindergarten teacher Manel McMillan hosted the final celebration of an Outdoor Stations of the Cross, held on the OLA School field, as the concluding school event for Holy Thursday, ensuring students left school for their vacation with a renewed sense of appreciation and reverence for Holy Week, 2019.