HASTINGS (SNR) – Members of Ferrum Fratres “Iron Brothers,” a bible study for middle school altar servers in Hastings, held an “Israelite Walk” April 22.
Ferrum Fratres is based on the verse Proverbs 27:17— “Iron is sharpened by iron; one person sharpens another.” The group meets once or twice a month for Bible study, games, and fellowship. There are about 18 boys involved, with 10 high school leaders and half a dozen dads actively involved. The chaplain is Father Jonathan Haschke, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Roseland and Assumption in Juniata.
The April 22 walk spanned approximately 7 miles from the home of leader Paul Rodriguez to St. Michael Church in Hastings.
The high school leaders constructed an Ark of the Covenant, based on the book of Exodus. Inside the Ark were placed a jar of manna, the Word of God, and a budding staff. Members took turns carrying the ark with two poles the entire trip.
The walk included readings from Scripture, prayer, hymns, sacred silence, and acting out parts of the Exodus/desert wandering. Father Haschke, Father Jeremy Hazuka, pastor of St. Michael Parish in Hastings, and five members of the Knights of the Holy Eucharist participated, as well as several fathers and a grandfather. Halfway through the trip, the group had a minimal snack of water and “manna” (bread).
The walk concluded with Mass in St. Michael Church at 5 p.m., followed by a reception for families.