In observation of the Feast of St. Philippine Duchesne, Sacred Heart celebrated Mass in the Nims Center with the 4th, 8th and 11th grade students in attendance, and the remainder of the school community joining via livestream.
Fourth grader Abby Becker was chosen to portray St. Philippine Duchesne, and Campbell Smith was chosen to portray St. Madeleine Sophie. Abby and Campbell led the entire school in the Child of the Sacred Heart prayer at the end of the service. Behind them on the stage of the Nims Center were hundreds of items donated by the school community for the recent victims of Hurricane Eta, a demonstration of how Philippine's empathy service to those in need continues in the school today.
Due to the hybrid format of our all-school mass and social distancing guidelines, some traditions of the feast day were omitted, but new creative ones were introduced in their place.
Leading up to the Feast Day, the Kindergarten class decorated oak leaves with symbols of Philippine to honor her spirituality and service to others, and they will adorn the fence of the Mater Campus. Also new this school year, the beautiful statue of Philippine Duchesne in our Mater Campus courtyard provided the perfect setting to teach her story to our youngest students and revisit with those familiar with the foundress of Sacred Heart schools in America. The map in Philippine’s hands showing her journey to the new world, the leaf motif that winds through the courtyard pavement, the Sacred Heart history etched into a walking path; all designed with the intention to educate students on the legacy of the Sacred Heart institution where they come to school every day and whose mission they are living.
Additional pictures at: https://www.vidigami.com/ashrosary/albums/302888/media