Opening the Year as a Community

Opening the Year as a Community
Debbie Higgins

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition in Catholic schools dating back to the Middle Ages. Schools around the world begin the new year with the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit, to ask for God’s blessing and guidance.  At De Smet Jesuit, the first all-school Mass of the year is always the Mass of the Holy Spirit. 

Led by our Campus Ministry team, students wore t-shirts representing their house, one of several components that form a sense of brotherhood at De Smet Jesuit.

“We ask the Holy Spirit to enflame our hearts so we might be the community God desires us to be,” said Fr. David Suwalsky, S.J., celebrant. He was joined by concelebrants Fr. Jim Burshek, S.J., Fr. Clark Philipp ’10, Fr. Zach Povis ’07, and Fr. Michael Harter, S.J.

During his homily, Fr. Suwalsky shared, “Ignatius of Loyola trusted that God’s desires for him would make him the best person possible. As we go forward into this Ignatian Year, may we trust that God’s desires for us will make us all we are supposed to be.”

Thank you to the Campus Ministry team and all who worked so hard to make the 2021 Mass of the Holy Spirit possible.


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