Let Us Rejoice

You are precious in His eyes

Picture19The students and staff of SCCS were treated to a very special liturgical service this January. On January 15th, Fr. Michael Kwiatkowski came to celebrate a Ukrainian rite Mass with the school. Fr. Michael was assisted by Fr. Deacon Myron Tracz and four parishioners from Holy Eucharist.

In addition, several Ukrainian rite students and their parents joined the parishioners to form a choir and together they led those present through a liturgy that was part sung part spoken. Another Ukrainian rite student, Jack H. trained a buddy Josh G., and together they served as altar servers.

Fr. Michael began the service with a brief overview of what the participants would encounter including an explanation of the purpose of the petition “Lord, have mercy” and a description of Holy Communion bread. His sermon was a reflection on the theme for the Mass: People are precious. As one staff member said, “Fr. spoke so warmly and with such kindness during the sermon, that we truly felt precious in the eyes of God”.

The morning concluded with the choir singing “This is the day the Lord has made – let us rejoice and be glad in it!” An appropriate ending to a very special service!


Thanks be to God!

Daily Mass


SCCS Altar Servers enjoying a special opportunity with Fr. Paul to learn more about Father’s vocation and the Mass.

The staff and students are being treated to intimate class Masses on Tuesdays and Thursdays this year, thanks to Fr. Paul.

The practice of having Masses at school began 5 years ago with Fr. Glofcheski. At first, masses were offered in the school chapel and then changed to the practice of celebrating Masses in classrooms. Staff, students and Pastor alike found these intimate settings to be highly rewarding and an opportunity to grow in community and faith. Even the altar servers were treated to a special Mass of their own after which they were able to have a Q & A session with Father about his vocation, parts of the Mass, symbolism, and a sharing of why they wanted to become altar servers!

Fr. Paul is using the book “Fifty Masses with Children” by Sister Francesca Kelly as he travels through the school. This book is also being used for school-wide Masses this year. Published in Ireland, it can be obtained through Amazon.uk.