We were excited to celebrate our Opening School Mass on September 7, 2018. This mass was hosted by the eighth graders. We join Catholic schools throughout our archdiocese with our focus on this year's theme: We have Faith to Move Mountains.
1. Good morning!
Welcome to our all-school mass hosted by the eighth graders.
We welcome students, teachers, and all who have come to pray with us.
2. Today we will learn about our school theme:
Faith to Move Mountains.
We will also hear more about new and helpful friends we have in our school: our prayer partners.
3. Most important, we celebrate all God’s blessings to us: especially our faith, our families, our friends, our school and teachers, and our ability to learn.
4. This is the first All School Mass with Mr. Fornaciari. We hope our prayers and songs show our great Saint John Fisher Spirit as be begin this school year together.
5. Our gathering Song is All Things New,
Number 450, #4-5-0.
A reading from the book of Exodus:
One day Moses was taking care of his father –in-law’s sheep.
Moses led the sheep along the edge of the desert to Sinai (Sign-Eye),
the mountain of God.
Suddenly the Lord’s angel appeared to Moses from a burning bush, which was on fire, but it was not burning up.
Moses said to himself, “I will go over and see why this is happening.”
When the Lord saw Moses coming near, the Lord called out to him.
Moses answered, “Lord, I am here.”
God replied, “ Don’t come any closer. Take off your sandals, because the ground you are standing on is holy.
I am the God of your ancestors, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
I am sending you to bring my people out of this country, Egypt where they are treated unfairly.
Moses said to God, ‘Who am I to go to the King and bring your people out of Egypt?”
“I will be with you,
and you will lead my people out of Egypt.
Then you will know that I am the one who sent you,
and you will worship me on this mountain.
The Word of the Lord.
Lectionary W345, 505 Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12
A Reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew:
A man came up to Jesus, knelt down before him, and said,
"Lord, have pity on my son, who suffers severely;
often he falls into fire, and often into water.
I brought him to your disciples, but they could not cure him."
Jesus said in reply,
"O faithless generation, how long will I be with you?
How long will I endure you?
Bring the boy here to me."
Jesus rebuked him and the demon came out of him,
and from that hour the boy was cured.
Then the disciples approached Jesus in private and said,
"Why could we not drive it out?"
He said to them, "Because of your little faith.
Amen, I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed,
you will say to this mountain,
'Move from here to there,' and it will move.
Nothing will be impossible for you."
The Gospel of the Lord.
Prayer of the Faithful
1. For all students, that we grow in faith, work hard, and be helpful to one another, we pray to the Lord.
2. For our teachers, that they know God’s wisdom and courage in all they do, we pray to the Lord.
3. For all parents and family members, in thanksgiving for all the things they do each day to love and care for us, and provide the things we need, we pray to the Lord.
4. For Mr. Fornaciari, that he feels the support of students, parents and teachers as he uses his gifts to lead our school each day, we pray to the Lord.
5. For all who need extra help in our world: for the poor, the suffering and the lonely, and for all who come to their aid, we pray to the Lord.
5a. For all who work each day to keep our country and city safe, we pray to the Lord.
6. For all who are sick, and for doctors, nurses, and paramedics who help them, we pray to the Lord.
7. For all who have died, especially Father Purtell, and Mr. Bechina, and for their families and loved ones, we pray to the Lord.
8. Please add your own intentions in silence…….. we pray to the Lord.
Sign of Peace:
Explanation of theme:
After communion meditation 1:
1. Mountains are beautiful, awesome works of God. Mountains are important in the Bible because they remind us of God’s power and might.
2. Moses and Jesus would go to the mountains to learn more about God and to pray.
3. Throughout history and even today, people go to the mountain tops to see things in a whole new way – the beautiful views - and to think about what is most important.
4. We will now hear about God’s majesty and mountains. It comes from a prayer Jesus knew well: psalm 122: I will lift my eyes to the mountains.
As you listen to this prayer, think about God’s help for us in all we do.
5. Imagine someone who is about to do something very difficult: like our ancestors who traveled to this land.
6. We remember God helps us in all our joys, worries and challenges: big and small.
7. Our classmate, Manny F. of eighth grade will sing this prayer, joined by member of our eighth grade class:
I will lift my eyes, psalm 122.
After communion meditation 2: (after the song)
1. Mountains are beautiful and mountains can also be obstacles: things which get in our way. Imagine early travelers with tired horses and heavy wagons trying to cross a mountain. Imagine engineers who today build tunnels through mountains.
2. Our faith says we can move mountains: and we can do that, pebble by pebble each day.
3. Our faith can move mountains in these three ways:
- Prayer: We start with prayer as we ask for God’s mighty power.
- Action: We work hard – to figure out a plan and put it in action
- Help: We get help from teachers, family and friends:
Our eighth grade class will present some examples using words and actions.
Eighth graders, please come forward:
After communion meditation 3:
These are three examples of prayer, action and help to move mountains:
I want to stop fighting with my brothers and sisters and be kind
1. Prayer: I will ask God to help me.
2. Action: I will come up with a plan to say something nice to my brothers and sisters instead of fighting.
3. Help: I will ask my mom or dad and friends for advice.
We have Faith to move mountains
I want to wake up on time for school.
1. Prayer: I will ask God for strength and guidance.
2. Action: I will work hard by going to bed the first time my parents tell me and by not playing video games at night .
3. Help: I will ask my parents and friends advice on how they wake up on time, ask my parent if they’ll set an alarm on their cell phone, and remember my parent has breakfast waiting for me.
We have Faith to move mountains.
I want to get good grades so I can use all the gifts God has given me.
1. Prayer: I will pray and ask God for guidance.
2. Action: I will do my homework each day and be very well organized.
3. Help: I will ask my teachers, parents and friends to encourage me. I will encourage my classmates, and get extra help from my teachers if I need it.
We have Faith to move mountains.
We move mountains every day. As the Class of 2019, we present these 19 ideas:
(Pictures from practice:)
To each idea please join us by responding: Faith to move mountains.
1. I can move the mountain of doubt by praying for confidence. We have: Faith to move mountains
2. I can move the mountain of insecurity by surrounding myself with people who care for me. We have: Faith to move mountains.
3. I can move the mountain of bullying by sticking up for everyone. We have: Faith to move mountains
4.I can move the mountain of procrastination by making a list of things I need to do each day, and crossing them off as I do them. We have: Faith to move mountains
5.I can move the mountain of shyness by praying for confidence and by volunteering to speak. We have: Faith to move mountains
6.I can move the mountain of negative peer pressure by praying for right judgment and acting according to my conscience. We have: Faith to move mountains
7.I can move the mountain of selfishness by praying for generosity, and then trying to be aware of how my actions and words will affect others. We have: Faith to move mountains
8.I can move the mountain of learning math facts and spelling words by praying for wisdom and, with the help of others by practicing ten minutes every day. We have: Faith to move mountains
9.I can move the mountain of needing to listen to my parents by praying for help and by doing as my parents ask - the first time. We have: Faith to move mountains
10.I can move the mountain of dishonesty by praying for courage to tell the truth. We have: Faith to move mountains.
11.I can move the mountain of not sharing my toys by praying for kindness and trying to share 2 toys a day at home and at school. We have: Faith to move mountains
12.I can move the mountain of not fitting in by praying for confidence, making a new friend, being a good friend, and remembering I have people who love me. We have: Faith to move mountains
13.I can move the mountain of following directions at home and at school by praying to be more focused and attentive, and with the help of others, to stop what I am doing and make eye contact when people are speaking to me. We have: Faith to move mountains
14. I can move the mountain of saying unkind things by praying for respectfulness. I can decide to use encouraging words. With the help of others, I can be a good example and not talk about others. We have: Faith to move mountains
15. I can move the mountain of disappointment by praying for patience and remembering that you don’t always get what you want, and that things work out in good ways you don’t expect. We have: Faith to move mountains
16. I can move the mountain of making poor decisions by praying for good judgment. With the help of others, I can weigh the pros and cons of important decisions. We have: Faith to move mountains
17. I can move the mountain of laziness by praying for energy to do activities, and by getting off electronics and making plans with friends, or help out around the house. We have: Faith to move mountains
18. I can move the mountain of knowing which high school to choose by praying for wisdom, by learning facts and skill for the entrance exam, and shadowing at schools I am interested in, and with the help of others, talking to my parents and students I know who go to those schools. We have: Faith to move mountains
19. I can move the mountain of worry by knowing God is always with me. God gave me a good mind and many abilities. I will remember to work hard, knowing I have many supportive people to help me. We have: Faith to move mountains
Our prayer, our hard work, our family, teachers, priests, principal and friends, can help us move mountains. Let’s help one another this year.
Blessing of our school's New Principal:
Beginnings are exciting and everyone wants to do their best.
Let’s ask God to send great blessings upon Mr. Fornaciari as he leads our school each day. Please stand and raise your hands over him.
May the Lord always bless you and keep you.
May his face always shine upon you.
May you know his compassion and mercy.
May the Lord walk because you forever.
May God bless you in all that you do:
In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
8th graders with teachers: