On Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, Cristo Rey St. Martin community joined schools across the country in celebrating the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit. Presided over by Fr. Jamie Mueller, associate pastor Most Blessed Trinity Church in Waukegan, the Mass called upon the Holy Spirit to bless the new academic year.
“What a great way to start the school year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit, which is a tradition throughout the U.S.,” said Preston Kendall, president. “Anytime you start something new it is important to reconnect with what is most important to you and remember that there is one God here for you always to help you meet any challenges. This year, let us remember that God is with us, God is in us and God is here every day. It is up to us to figure out how we can bring God forth into the world.”
The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition among Catholic schools, in particular, Jesuit academic institutions, dating to 1548 in which the community gathers to thank God for the gifts of creation and salvation and to seek the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit in the coming year.
At this year’s opening Mass Fr. Mueller suggested Cristo Rey students, staff, faculty and supporters be receptive to the working of the Holy Spirit – God Himself – in our minds and hearts to help us to act well.
Students and attendees prayed for and offered the Mass especially for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and our Cristo Rey brothers and sisters in Houston.