On September 22nd His Holiness, Pope Francis, arrived in the United States as part of his historic visit to the Americas. To honor and celebrate this event our parish, St. Mary Magdalen in Altamonte Springs, organized a series of events entitled, “The Welcome Week.”
Our school at St. Mary Magdalen displayed the Vatican flag visibly waving from the second floor balcony. The seventh grade students recreated the white, blue, and yellow “Love Is Our Mission” logo, displaying it at the front entrance of the school.
In our Religion class, eighth grade students researched what Pope Francis would be doing on each day of his seven day visit. We also partook in a new experience; reading and reflecting on selected articles from the Pope’s Encyclical Letter “Laudato Si.”
We learned how St. Francis of Assisi’s song “Canticle of the Sun,” became the inspiration for Our Holy Father’s much acclaimed document “On Care for Our Common Home,” the Earth.
A great tool in following the Pope’s busy agenda was the live stream coverage provided by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
I spoke with Tiffany, a sixth grade student, and asked her what she enjoyed the most from the various quotes Pope Francis is known for.
“The Holy Father, a man of God, has shown us the ways of simplicity in his apparent detachment from material possessions, and in his gentleness and kindness,” said Tiffany.
As seen through all the people who have witnessed the Pope’s visit either on TV or in person, it is apparent his mission is to spread the love of God to all.
Article written by Nikole, 8th grade student, Mary Magdalen Catholic School, Altamonte Springs