On the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, February 2, Bishop Timothy Senior culminated Catholic School Week with a pastoral visit to Sacred Heart School, located on the western edge of Lancaster city. The visit was the bishop’s fifth school visit during the celebration of Catholic Schools Week across the Diocese.
After celebrating early morning Holy Mass for the students, faculty and school supporters, Bishop Senior visited the school for the first time. The students performed a living wax museum for the bishop, parents and parish faithful, in which they dressed as their favorite historical figure. Totally in character, each student fielded questions and provided biographical highlights of their figures. Twenty-six students in grades one through six participated in the project, for which they had to conduct their own research, create a biographical poster and provide the needed costume elements to accurately portray their historical figure.
Figures included St. Teresa of Calcutta, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, St. Joan of Arc, Ameila Earhart, Shakespeare and Jackie Robinson. Hundreds of parents and parish faithful participated in the tour of the living wax museum as the students’ costumes were accurately and creatively rendered, bringing an authentic feel to their figures of history.
In his homily, Bishop Senior related that it was Groundhog Day across the country, but, unlike the fury rodent who is scared of the darkness of his shadow, Catholic Christians do not banish to their holes because of darkness, because the “light of Jesus draws us to Him” and “we are to carry the presence of Jesus with us through any darkness.”
“The way we treat people shows people that we have the light of Christ,” Bishop Senior noted. “It is more important ever in the world to be the light, set a good example…. Catholic Schools help you grow, help you be light – the brightest light possible.”
(Photos by Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness.)
By Chris Heisey, The Catholic Witness