LINCOLN (SNR) – St. Michael Parish in Lincoln not only celebrated the patronage of St. Michael the Archangel Sept. 28, but also consecrated the school community to Mary, Seat of Wisdom, and inaugurated the first phase of perpetual adoration with Exposition.
The day began with an all-school Mass celebrated by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, followed by the communal consecration ceremony
“The school consecration,” pastor Father Kenneth Borowiak said, “is an intentional way of giving ourselves completely to Jesus through His mother, Mary, Seat of Wisdom.
“Bishop (James) Conley recently asked all diocesan schools to undergo a consecration to Mary, under her title ‘Mary, Seat of Wisdom.’ Father Borowiak continued. “We are pleased to incorporate this... into the celebration of our patron saint.”
Children placed flowers at a statue of the Blessed Mother, and miraculous medals and holy cards were distributed.
After the consecration procession, Bishop Bruskewitz led Exposition and Benediction and the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament was placed in the adoration chapel, where perpetual adoration officially began Sept. 29.
Developing a perpetual adoration program has been a long-standing goal of the parish.
“We finally set a date to expose the Blessed Sacrament for substantial periods at a time,” said Patty Marmie, perpetual adoration coordinator. “It took concerted effort to prepare the way!”
The Blessed Sacrament is exposed from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays.
The parish continues its plans to expand the adoration program to its fullest capacity.
“We won’t finish our efforts until Jesus is adored 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Marmie said.
The official celebration closed with a Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the St. Michael the Archangel song, though students had festivities throughout the day.
“We want the students, teachers, and staff to share fully in this parish celebration of developing as disciples of Jesus Christ,” said principal Denise Ray.
“As Jesus ‘grew in wisdom, age, and grace,’” noted Father Borowiak, “so, too, do we as a school and parish community want to more deeply understand and accept God’s holy will for our lives, most especially through the gentle presence of our Blessed Mother and the Eucharist.”