Mass of the Holy Spirit a Solemn Occasion for Blue Jays to Reflect
The first Mass of the new school year is the Mass of the Holy Spirit, a solemn and significant spiritual event that is as old as the Society of Jesus. The Mass has a revered place in the history of the Jesuits and Jesuit High School. All one has to do is look through some old issues of Jesuit’s student newspaper.
The Sept. 29, 1928 issue of The Blue Jay carried a brief article about the large attendance at that year’s Mass, which was held on a Saturday at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Canal Street. It was impossible to hold the Mass at the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Baronne Street because the Jesuit church had been “condemned and demolished.”
The article stated: “According to long-established custom at the Jesuit High School the first students’ Mass at every school year is dedicated to the Holy Ghost, in order to obtain His gifts to help the students in their work. The Church was packed with boys, all of whom received Communion… Fr. Walsh… exhorted the boys to pray to the Holy Ghost for courage, love, and faith, as the apostles had.”
The 1,422 Blue Jays who filled the Chapel of the North American Martyrs on Friday were encouraged by Jesuit president Fr. Anthony McGinn, S.J. to pray to be open to God’s Holy Spirit.
“Let us always remember the truth is our best friend, our advocate, the one called to stand beside us in challenging times to give us the advice that we need,” Fr. McGinn said in his homily, which also revealed to Blue Jays the “four biggest lies at Jesuit High School.”
What are the four biggest lies?