Students and staff at Montini Catholic High School gathered for the Lasallian college preparatory high school's first Mass of the 21-22 school year on Friday, August 27th. "The last time we were able to gather in prayer in one location was over 18 months ago," said Principal Kevin Beirne. (Ash Wednesday, February 2020)
The Mass also presented an opportunity to introduce the school's new Peer Ministry Team. Montini's faith-based ministry team began in 2018 with a mission to inspire and motivate by example and to encourage students to engage in faith-based activities at school and in their communities. The students comprising this unique team were seated in the front rows during the Mass and were asked to stand and pledge their commitment to their unique purpose as student leaders.
Faculty and staff members renewed their own commitments to the students as well. As Lasallian teachers their role is to fulfill the mission set forth by founder, St. John Baptist de LaSalle, the Patron Saint of Teachers - to 'touch the hearts of students.' Lasallian schools are characterized by a 300-plus year tradition of relationship-centered education, special attention to the poor and marginalized, and devotion to the salvation of each student.
"Welcome to today! Start this year with fresh eyes and open hearts," said Principal Beirne. "This year I challenge you to expand what you 'think' you're capable of. Challenge self doubts and try something new. You may just surprise yourself and have your best year ever!"