September 16, 2014

Prayer of the day

Lord,

We thank You for the gift of life - for every breath, for the food on our tables, clothes on our back, and joy we experience daily.  For these blessings we give You thanks and love.

by members of the Class of 2017

May her soul...

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Rosalee Polak, the mother of our athletic director, Mr. Chip Polak.  Mrs. Polak passed away last night in Connecticut.

May her soul, and the souls of all the faith departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

September 15, 2014

Prayer of the day

Today in the Church we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, a day in which we remember the sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary prior to the resurrection of Her son.  Today's feast has a special meaning to me as it is the patronal feast of the Congregation of Holy Cross.  I spent the 2001-2002 academic year as a postulant with Holy Cross at the University of Notre Dame and it was undoubtedly one of the greatest years of my life.  A blessed feast to all the men and women of Holy Cross.

In honor of Mary, our prayer today was the Hail Mary.

September 12, 2014

St.Timothy Award

Each year, the Diocese of Manchester presents young people with the St. Timothy Award in recognition of their faith, service, and example to others.  I am happy to announce that Liam Quinn '15 is one of the recipients for 2014.  Liam is a parishioner at St. Raphael's Parish here in Manchester and is one of my main go to people in Campus Ministry.  He also took part in our mission trip to St. Francis Inn this summer and generously gave his last $38 to one of the Franciscans, Bro. Xavier, for his subway token fund.

I could think of no better recipient than Liam and I hope to have the chance to attend the awards ceremony next month to celebrate him and the other recipients.

Prayer of the day

Dear Lord,

Help us to remember others when we complain.  The petty complaints and worries we sometimes have are selfish when others are starving, homeless, and dying.  Amen.

by a member of the Class of 2018

The Great Trinity High School Food Drive

Each September we kick off our works of mercy projects with a major food drive to benefit the New Hampshire Food Bank.  Last year our students raised an amazing 5,700 pounds of food, an accomplishment that garnered the attention of both Bishop Libasci and WMUR.  This year our goal is 5,500 pounds of food which might be tougher as our freshman class is a little smaller than normal.  But I am convinced our students will come through again, especially as there are some incentives and friendly competitions:

1. If we reach our goal of 5,500 pounds we will have a week of dress down days

The shelves are better than last year but they are still in great need
2. The top three homerooms can pick from the following prizes: no homework for a week in theology classes, buffalo wings from Billy's here in Manchester, or donuts from Top Donut in Lowell.

Yesterday I took a group of students over to the Food Bank to learn more about their work and to see who we are assisting.  Erin D'Loughy, the volunteer coordinator, gave us a wonderful tour and a good overall sense of what they do.  The Food Bank provides food to over 400 agencies in the state and last year they distributed 8.5 million pounds of food.  This year they are on track to distribute 10 million pounds.  Our students laughed saying that our 5,000 pounds or so is just a drop in the bucket but Erin said that works out to about 10,000 meals.

If you wish to help out, you can bring your items anytime to the main office.  Thanks as always for doing it for Him.

September 11, 2014

Prayer of the day

Today of course is the 13th anniversary of the attacks on New York City and Washington, DC, and the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA.  Our prayer this morning was an excerpt of the prayer Pope Benedict XVI offered when he visited Ground Zero in 2008.  Below is the prayer in its entirety:

O God of love, compassion, and healing,
look on us, people of many different faiths and traditions,
who gather today at this site,
the scene of incredible violence and pain.

We ask you in your goodness
to give eternal light and peace
to all who died here—
the heroic first-responders:
our fire fighters, police officers,
emergency service workers, and Port Authority personnel,
along with all the innocent men and women
who were victims of this tragedy
simply because their work or service
brought them here on September 11, 2001.

We ask you, in your compassion
to bring healing to those
who, because of their presence here that day,
suffer from injuries and illness.
Heal, too, the pain of still-grieving families
and all who lost loved ones in this tragedy.
Give them strength to continue their lives with courage and hope.

We are mindful as well
of those who suffered death, injury, and loss
on the same day at the Pentagon and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Our hearts are one with theirs
as our prayer embraces their pain and suffering.

God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world:
peace in the hearts of all men and women
and peace among the nations of the earth.
Turn to your way of love
those whose hearts and minds
are consumed with hatred.

God of understanding,
overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy,
we seek your light and guidance
as we confront such terrible events.
Grant that those whose lives were spared
may live so that the lives lost here
may not have been lost in vain.
Comfort and console us,
strengthen us in hope,
and give us the wisdom and courage
to work tirelessly for a world
where true peace and love reign
among nations and in the hearts of all.