St. Blaise blessings
Father Brandon Moravitz, pastor of Marquette School in Virginia, visited each classroom of the school Feb. 5 and blessed everyone’s throat. Feb. 3 is the feast day for St. Blaise, the patron saint of throat ailments. The blessing of St. Blaise: “Through the intercession of St. Blaise’s, bishop and martyr, may God deliver you from ailments of the throat and from every other evil. In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”
Middle school elective offers performance opportunity
Nineteen seventh- and eighth-grade Holy Rosary School students staged an audience interactive murder mystery, “Ax of Murder,” by Pat Cook at Teatro Zuccone in downtown Duluth. The performance was a scary success and included technical effects from lightning and thunder to spooky musical cues and vanishing weapons. During the semester, the drama students worked on many different aspects of theatre arts including makeup design and application, basic acting techniques, spatial and physical awareness, line memorization, improvisation for the hands-on experience of performing for the public.
Holy Rosary alums gather
In January, a group of 50 alumni returned to be a part of Holy Rosary School in Duluth and reminisce. Students primarily from the more recent high school classes in the area schools were joined by school board members and several parishioners in enjoying a hot breakfast and royal donuts (blue and white in the school colors). The high school students joined middle school homeroom classes to share their recommendations for success in high school and how Holy Rosary School set them up to be good students.
Altar servers commissioned
Altar servers from Holy Rosary School received a blessing and a certificate from Father Peter Muhich at the Catholic Schools Week kickoff Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth. Forty-five students have completed this new program and have made a commitment to be of greater service to the liturgy in how they serve the priest, the faithful and Jesus himself. The faithful will see changes in how altar servers carry themselves, how they dress according to levels of ministry and how they add reverence to the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. Altar servers completing this program have learned that in serving the priest at the altar for the faithful, they draw the attention of the faithful to serving Jesus, who is the primary author and celebrant for every sacrament. Father Eli Eieske, associate pastor at the Cathedral, created this new training program for the altar servers.
Marquette students show science projects
At Marquette Catholic School in Virginia, students brought life to science by sharing hands-on projects with visitors and fellow students alike. Third-grade students, led by teacher Jill Papin, created and tested scientific hypothesis and displayed their results in a science fair setting during Catholic Schools Week. Viewers could see and feel the wonders of the physical world and witness engineering on a conceivable scale.
Second-graders ‘perform’ wax museum
Second-grade teacher Kathy Belobaba helped prepare the second-grade students at Marquette School in Virginia for the school’s annual wax museum, in which parents, students and guests could witness pint-sized versions of our nation’s heroes and read reports written by the students detailing the icons’ positive influence on our lives. Historical figures that were portrayed included Betsy Ross, Babe Ruth and John Glenn. The wax museum was “performed” during Catholic Schools Week and the local paper, Mesabi Daily News, highlighted the project in the Pulse section.