LLOYDMINSTER - "In this Mass to begin the year 2011 as you resume the school after a short break, we the priests and parishioners of St. Anthony's Parish, Lloydminster, wish to welcome you back with joy and pray that the Lord will continue to lead you through the directions of your teachers."
Those were the words of Father Jan Sobkowicz, the pastor, to welcome the students and staff of Holy Rosary College, Lloydminster, back to school.
The Mass, celebrated Jan. 5, saw the students being brought into the church in their school buses in two batches. The Mass for the first group started at 9:30 a.m. while that of the second group began at 1:30 p.m.
The students of the school served as lectors, acolytes, and read the prayer of the faithful, while teachers helped in the distribution of Communion.
Sobkowicz was the chief celebrant and was assisted by Father Louis Fowoyo who gave the homily.
In his homily, Fowoyo encouraged the children to be prayerful and to genuinely love themselves. He reminded the students that Jesus all through his life would not do anything without consulting the Father in prayer. Prayer is the key to all that we want to be in life.
At the end of the Mass, Sobkowicz thanked the teachers for what they are doing in the life of the children and also spoke of the great work teachers are doing in all Catholic schools in the parish.
He thanked Holy Rosary College for putting on beautiful performances of Christmas Cantata the final three days of last term.
"With such brilliant performances and participation by the students there is no doubt that our children will always be fully engaged," he said.