Young royalty gather for faith and fun
The following video is a very small snippet from the day-long celebration, which focused on vocations. The gathering included several guest speakers, a Mass celebrated by the Most Rev. John B. Brungardt, and a lot of fun, as shown below. The Dodge City diocese seminarians hosting the great shoe relay are Tylan Ricketts, Juan Salas, and Jacob Schneider.
“Did you know that you’re a princess?” asked Dodge City native, Sister Mary Barbara Keiser, OP, of a young Catholic school student at the annual Catholic Schools Day gathering at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
The theme of the day, which was open to 5th and 6th grader students, was “vocations.” Guest speakers included Sisters Mary Barbara and Mary Joseph of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, and Sisters Mary Grace and Mary Guadalupe of the Immaculate Heart of Mary order in Wichita.
“When you look in the mirror what do you see?” Sister Mary Barbara asked. “You see an image of you, right? Every single human is made in the image and likeness of God. ... When people see us they should see by the way we act and the way we are, that we are images of God!”
Because you are children of God, she said, “you are princes and princesses of the Kingdom of God. ... Did you know that? That’s amazing! Who’s the king? Jesus! And who’s the queen? Mary, his mother!”
The day included a presentation by Superintendent of Schools Trina Delgado, who emceed the day. Also speaking was Fathers Wesley Schawe and Ted Stoecklein. Jesse and Janeé Bernal gave an entertaining presentation on the vocation of marriage. Dodge City seminarians Jacob Schneider, Juan Salas and Tylan Ricketts led the children in a rousing game that exercised their knowledge and shoe-finding ability. Before a lunch of pizza, the seminarians had the children throw their shoes into the middle of the room. They separated into teams, and as soon as students answered correctly a question, they retrieved their shoes. While the race to answer the questions was fun, it was the shower of shoes in the beginning that proved most impressive [see the video at dcdiocese.org/register].
During morning Mass, Bishop John B. Brungardt told the children that it was important not just to be holy on the surface, but to be holy on the outside and inside.
“We want to be holy with God’s help and grace. ... Jesus loves you more than you can ask or imagine.”
Sister Mary Guadalupe spoke to the girls gathered about the four ingredients to religious life: vows, prayer, community life, and apostolate.
“How many days does a bride wear her wedding veil?” she asked while discussing vows. “Once! What is this?” she asked, motioning to her long, black veil. “Unlike the normal bride, I get to wear mine the rest of my life!”