St. Joseph’s Academy gathered as a school community on December 4 for mass. The Eucharistic celebration focused on the gift of creation and our role as its caretakers. The presider was SJA’s chaplain, Father Miles Walsh, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish.
Senior Addison Bruce welcomed the large gathering in the Academy Student Center. “We join in the generous promise of the Congregation of St. Joseph to strengthen, heal and renew the face of the earth,” she said.
Senior Eden Landry read from the book of Genesis. Freshman Daniela Latil and junior Anna Barreneche led the prayers of the faithful.
Aimee Cronan directed the Liturgy Choir. Junior Caroline Feduccia and senior Maddie Blouin were the cantors. Martha O’Hara played the piano. Katie Potts led the fifth- and sixth-period choirs in singing Christmas Lullaby, which will be performed during the Candlelight Christmas Concert on Friday, December 7, at the LSU Union Theater beginning at 7 p.m.
Following mass, SJA President Jan Rhorer Breen commended the students on the ways in which they integrate environmental stewardship into their daily activities. “As we preserve our environment, we are also called to experience the beauty of our earth,” she said. “… Earth is one of God’s gifts to us. Preserve it, enjoy it and share it. Live each day in celebration of one of the greatest gifts given to us. Continue to care for creation in all that you do, in who you are and how you care for your dear neighbor. You are a model of one of the core values of the Sisters of St. Joseph.”
Seniors Hannah Mistric and Skylar Mancuso shared information about the Justice for All Ball which they are coordinating along with seniors Corrine Hutchinson and Catherine Cangelosi. This special evening for disabled young adults will take place on January 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Mother Alice Hall. “We hope to produce a night of joy and fun for everyone in attendance,” Mistric said. “This ball truly will be an amazing event and will hopefully help those who sometimes are overlooked by society feel special and appreciated.”
Principal Stacia Andricain thanked those who planned the mass, including the Liturgy Team, Liturgy Choir, musicians and Father Miles. Senior Aalaurian Martin closed the assembly with the singing of the alma mater.
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Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine