Kenmore school selects 'Have Mercy' as theme
KENMORE — "Have Mercy" was unveiled as the liturgical theme for the upcoming year to the students of St. John the Baptist School during the first Mass of the new school year.
Aligned with Pope Francis' "Holy Year of Mercy" that runs from Dec. 8 through November 2016, the theme is intended to broaden students' minds and connect them with the larger Church and Jesus' teachings.
Various activities will focus on the idea of mercy - both giving and receiving it - as it relates to "Welcome, Love, Forgive, Include and Pray," the five ideals of the mercy campaign. By the end of the year, each child will understand what it is to be a person of mercy and ways to be examples to their classmates, family and world.
"Each year, we seek a theme that will embody not only our Catholic faith, but also allow for us to put our faith in action in concrete ways, which is quite a challenge," said Cynthia Jacobs, principal.
"Compounding that task is the fact that because we have students who range from 3-year-olds in pre-K to young women and men in eighth grade, it needs to be flexible and fluid enough to be meaningful at varying levels," said Father Michael Parker, pastor, who presided at the opening Mass welcoming students and families. "Pope Francis' emphasis on mercy includes embracing what it truly means to forgive and empathize, as well as the corporal and spiritual works of mercy such as feeding the hungry, bringing comfort to the afflicted, to bear wrongs patiently, and so on."