Glory to Christ our King! Glory forever! Father Daniel Sedlacek here, Chaplain of Regis Middle School and Regis High School. I hope and pray that you are your family are experiencing the abundance of God’s grace during these first few weeks of the new school year.
Have you ever felt overwhelmed in being a parent and the primary educator of your children? Regis Catholic Schools exist to partner with you and support you in passing on faith in Jesus Christ and His Church to the next generation. This happens not only in our classrooms, but also in many other ways. This is why the High School and Middle School have a Campus Ministry office and a priest Chaplain. As Chaplain, I want to offer opportunities for you, our parents, to nurture your own faith and help you become a stronger spiritual support for your children and the entire Regis school family.
Prayer is essential to the spiritual life. For the past number of years Regis High School and Regis Middle School have offered our students a monthly opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration during the school day. Many parents of our Regis students have generously committed to spend a half-hour or an hour in prayer. This allows our students and staff greater flexibility to go to the chapel as their school schedule allows. Throughout the school year you all are welcome to stop in the school chapel at any time for prayer. However, these monthly Adoration times are special opportunities that help us make Eucharistic Adoration available and accessible for our students.
You are invited to join in the spiritual project of praying for our schools by volunteering some time for Eucharistic Adoration at the Regis Chapel, which will take place on the following dates, all on Fridays: September 20, October 11, November 22, December 13, January 17, February 14, March 13, April 17 & May 15
Barb Postl, a Regis parent, is generously volunteering her time to organize the parent “Pray-er” schedule for each month. Please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know that you would be willing to help at least once this school year. At the beginning of each month she will send a link to a Sign-Up Genius page seeking Pray-ers for that given month. The goal is to have two adorers for each half-hour time slot. We all appreciate any time you can give, and will accommodate you in any way that we are able.
Why take any time out of my busy life schedule to commit to come to school and pray? Because, quite simply, Regis Schools would not exist without the prayers of many people. Ultimately, Catholic schools are a spiritual project, and so needs to be strengthened spiritually. Prayer is needed for the whole Regis Catholic Schools system: students, parents, families, staff, alumni, administration, and volunteers.
What is Eucharistic Adoration? It is a type of prayer, specifically in the Catholic tradition, which consists of spending some time in personal prayer (reading Scripture, talking to God from your heart, devotional prayers, and whatever you usually “do” when you pray) but in the presence of the Holy Eucharist (thus, “Eucharistic” Adoration). Catholics believe that, at Mass, bread and wine are transformed into the Real Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. This Real Presence of Jesus Christ is maintained, under the form of bread, and is kept in the tabernacle, a small golden box in a Catholic church or chapel. During Eucharistic Adoration, the bread-become-Jesus, or the “Host” is brought out of the tabernacle and put in a vessel called a “monstrance” which allows one to see the Host and adore God more tangibly. This is a great gift to spend some time with Jesus Christ, who is truly Emmanuel, “God-with-us.”
Thank you for your consideration in helping Regis at the heart of its mission and purpose. If you cannot help out with our monthly Eucharistic Adoration, could you please offer this prayer or prayers in your own words every day for Regis Catholic Schools?
Parents’ Prayer for Regis Catholic Schools
God of wisdom and might, we praise you for the wonder of our being, for mind, body and spirit. Be with our children at Regis Catholic Schools. Bless them and their teachers and staff. Give them strength and grace as their bodies grow; wisdom and knowledge to their minds as they search for understanding; and peace and love to their hearts. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen