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On Friday, October 11th, Bishop Blair came to our school to have mass and talk to the seniors. He challenged the seniors to ask provocative questions. Various seniors asked questions about different topics. There were questions about abortion, sex, the media, gay marriage, breast cancer and more. Bishop Blair explained how we would put Jesus’ method into practice and how to be a better Christian. He explained liberation theology since that is what we were learning about in class. He was very thoughtful and attentive to each question that was asked. Overall, it was a good experience for all the seniors.
Father Nathan Bockrath has started a new trend in our high school, a trend that will hopefully grow larger and larger in the coming weeks. He has started doing the holy sacrament of Reconciliation every Thursday from before school at 7:30 to whenever he feels everyone is done coming for the day. This is open to all faculty and students of St. Paul. Jesse Gross took the option to go to this sacrament. He explained it as “a nice opportunity for all students to grow in their faith every week with our new pastor Fr. Nathan.” He also said “it takes a lot of weight and stress off of my shoulders.”
On October 1st, the junior class participated in a retreat located at St. Alphonsus Church. The retreat was lead by a group of young adults in an organization called N.E.T. (National Evangelization Team). The team reaches out to young teens and individuals about the importance of being Catholic and becoming strong in faith. The team exercised ways in which everyone could participate and have a better understanding for Christ. The team revealed experiences and stories in which everyone could relate, in attempts to strengthen their own relationships with God.
Activities the juniors participated in were some team building games such as freeze tag, phantom wink, and skits. Freeze tag was to represent what life would be like with limited to no rules, showing the emotions and feelings that the chaos would bring. Phantom wink was to lighten the mood, where students would shake hands and whoever was the “phantom” and winked at the individual, the individual would then be out. The skits had important lessons to go with the topics of discussion, but were also used for entertainment. The juniors were also separated into groups called small groups, so students could open up to each about their faith and a variety of other topics.The team continued their mission the following day with the Junior High students to also further their relationships with Jesus.
Mr. Mike Wasiniak, our high school biology, marine biology, and anatomy and physiology teacher was ordained a deacon of the Toledo Diocese this past weekend. He participated in the deaconate ordination reception of holy orders and pledged obedience to Bishop Blair. Deacon Wasiniak will be assisting Father Bill Pifher at St. Alphonsus and St. Joseph parishes. Deacon Wasiniak was one of the seventeen men ordained in the Toledo Diocese. As a deacon his responsibilities consist of marrying, burying, and baptizing. His first scheduled baptism will be in October of his youngest granddaughter, Lily Grace. He will give homilies at mass, read the Gospel, and assist the priest on the altar. “Deacon Waz,” as his students call him, is looking forward to this new chapter of his life.
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