HASTINGS (SNR) – The campus ministry team of St. Cecilia High School in Hastings held a candlelight holy hour in the school courtyard Sept. 13, to kick off the school’s homecoming week.
The campus ministry team led a similar event in 2014. Then, they planned a half-hour of Adoration, which was so well attended that it stretched into an hour. The event inspired the school’s campus ministry catchphrase: AG2G (All Glory to God). The students made the phrase their own, using it as a team motto, and many students wore the phrase on wrists, hands, t-shirts and even uniforms.
With that success in mind, the campus ministry team planned a holy hour for Homecoming 2015. Father Thomas Brouillette, chief administrative officer of Hastings Catholic Schools, suggested using the courtyard, to encourage its use as “a place where students could go to feel safe and comfortable to pray.”
More than 75 students gathered with lit candles in the courtyard as Jesus in the Eucharist entered from the school chapel. Father Brouillette spoke to the student body before confessions were made available. A cappella music was sung while everyone was given time in Adoration. Students were also asked to keep the administration, faculty, staff, and students of Pius X High School in Lincoln in their prayers, and especially to pray for the repose of the soul of Justice Coleman, a junior at Pius who had died that morning in a car accident.
St. Cecilia High School serves 145 students in grades 9-12.
The campus ministry team, led by Father Adam Sughroue and Sara LeDuc, also organizes weekly holy hours, middle school and high school retreats, service learning days, penance services and other confession times and Catholic Schools Week events, and coordinates with the diocese for traveling to the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C.