A little bit of luck and a whole lot of the Holy Spirit were on the organizers’ side Oct. 14, as nary a minor mishap occurred. From the arrival of the first busload of students some two hours before 10 a.m. Mass to the last school’s departure from the Resch Center in mid-afternoon, no one could have scripted a better outcome. What could easily have been chaos on steroids turned out to be a spirited and engaging liturgy.
Credit goes to the Diocesan Association of School Administrators, who had the courage and foresight to plan a gathering that brought students from all parts of the diocese together for one day of prayer and fellowship. As Bishop David Ricken told the assembly crowded into the arena, “the Resch Center is transformed much like a cathedral … built in living stones.”
Despite what one Green Bay television station chose as its angle for covering this newsworthy event (lower enrollment in Catholic schools), everyone who witnessed the energy and enthusiasm of students recognized that they were witnessing something special: a part of history in the Diocese of Green Bay that will forever be recalled as a highpoint in the chapter of Catholic schools.
One of the liturgy organizers, Pamela Otto, principal at Holy Family School in Green Bay, said she would like to see another all-school Mass, perhaps in Appleton or Oshkosh — or maybe even Lambeau Field. This would allow not only students and faculty, but parents and families to attend.
With this group of dreamers, anything is possible.