Article by Lindsay Appel, Class of 2015:
The annual sodality opening prayer service marked the beginning of the year for our weekly sodality meetings. Father Chaminade started the tradition of sodalities, which we continue at Kellenberg. Every Monday from 3:00– 3:30 all other activities are put on hold so the whole school is able to meet with their groups, led by a teacher, to talk on a wide range of topics related to their Catholic faith.
The opening prayer service was lead by our school chaplain Father Thomas Cardone, S.M. The Gregorian Consortium led the students in song throughout the prayer service. The service started in the auditorium with a reading from 1 Corinthians 11:23-26, read by junior Michael Schumacher. Following the opening reading, Father Tom read from Matthew’s Gospel. In his homily Father Tom talked about three different kinds of people, “One who makes things happen, one who watches things happen, and one who wonders what happened.” He called on us to be the person who makes things happen by showing others Christ’s love and making known our Christianity. Father Tom said, “They will know we are Christians by our love.” After the homily the Eucharist was exposed on the altar, and a procession was led to our Maria Regina Chapel. The Chapel was filled to standing-room-only by all our participants in sodality. Father Tom brought the Eucharist into the silent room, and placed in on the altar. The Eucharist is exposed in the chapel every Monday from 3:00 to 5:00 PM, so students could enter and spend a few minutes with God before leaving school.
This Opening prayer service is a perfect way to kick off the Monday tradition of sodality.