By Lorynn Coulon, Contributing Writer
Photos Courtesy of Academy of Our Lady
Academy of Our Lady students attended the first Mass of the school year on Aug. 15 – just three days after the start of the academic year – and witnessed the induction of several classmates as extraordinary ministers of holy Communion.
The Mass coincided with the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. The liturgical ministers for the Mass were organized by the Peer Ministry team.
The celebrant of the Mass was a face new to the Academy of Our Lady campus, Father Colm Cahill, who is currently director of vocations for the Archdiocese of New Orleans.
In his homily, he reflected on the fact that Mary is always near to the students, and the students of Academy of Our Lady belong to her and honor her name.
A ‘cool’ priest
Father Colm’s energy appealed to the students of Academy of Our Lady.
Lindsey Ferguson, a senior from Marrero, said, “The priest was really cool, and his homily was very good for younger students to relate to.”
The Peer Ministry team also put a tremendous amount of effort into the Mass, working to assure the beauty of the celebration.
“The young people knew their responsibility, and everything flowed very well,” said Doris Bridges, religion department head.
Prior to Communion, the eucharistic ministers were inducted by Salesian Sister Michelle Geiger, principal, and Father Cahill. They were given pins blessed with holy water and were even able to offer communion to the student body for the first time as ministers.
The peer ministers were also acknowledged at the end of the Mass and were given pins to represent their leadership position in the student body. Their hard work and dedication to religious services was very evident in this Mass.
Lorynn Coulon is a senior at Academy of Our Lady in Marrero.