On Sunday April 8, 2018, students at Sacred Heart Catholic School in New Smyrna Beach participated in a school-led Mass. On the second Sunday of every month, students take on the different ministry roles in the celebration of the Mass to help strengthen their understanding of the Mass and their faith. The students that participated in the April Mass came from different grade levels and led in a variety of roles.
During the Liturgy of the Word, Cori, a third-grader, read the first reading from the Old Testament at the Lectionary, the book that has all of the readings for the year. Tristan, a fifth-grader, read the second reading, which is always from the New Testament. Erin, another fifth-grader, led the Prayers of the Faithful. All the readings are read from the ambo or podium. The altar servers for the Mass were two fifth-graders, Blake and Joey. Altar servers help the priest by processing in with the cross and carrying the book or binder with prayers and instructions for the priest.
The religion teacher at Sacred Heart Catholic School, fondly called Mrs. B (Maria Bilodeau) did a wonderful job preparing the students for their participation in the celebration, and the Mass ran smoothly.
The school is very proud to be able to lead a Mass once a month, and is happy that the young students are able to be involved in the Church.
Article written by Kaileigh, seventh grade student at Sacred Heart Catholic School, New Smyrna Beach.