This past Monday our sophomore class gathered for their class retreat at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Manchester. Once again, Ms. Foley and Ms. Zolkos of our theology department did a brilliant job preparing and carrying out the retreat which focused on prayer. They did a funny skit where Ms. Zolkos went around critiquing people on how they are praying (some were journaling, some contemplating, etc) and she was telling them the "correct" way to pray. I then came in pretending to be God and quoted Pope Benedict who, when asked how many ways are there to pray he said, "As many as there are people."
As I've mentioned previously, our students are bringing in peanut butter throughout the year to benefit some food pantries here in Manchester. Blessed Sacrament is one of those food pantries and we
Following this we had lunch and we then watched the film "The Human Experience", a movie about a group of men who decide go on three experiences to discover the beauty of human life. They sleep on the streets of New York to experience homelessness, they work at a children's home in Peru, and they visit a leper colony in Ghana. We then moved to the church for our final prayer service where we prayed the words of Dorothy Day, listened to scripture, and I offered some final thoughts. Our final prayer was the prayer "Christ Has No Body" by St. Teresa of Avila.
Our final class retreat is a week from Monday when the juniors will gather for reflections on faith, an outdoor Mass, and a hike up Mt. Uncanoonuc in Goffstown. The senior class always gathers for their retreat on the morning of prom in May.