By Maggie Deller
McNicholas is a high school deeply rooted in the Catholic faith. All-school masses occur about once a month, theology classes are required every semester, prayer is said over announcements daily, and more. For students who are looking for extra prayer opportunities, McNicholas offers both Friday morning mass and the saying of the rosary Monday through Thursday.
Friday morning mass occurs at 7 a.m. on Fridays in McNicholas’s chapel, located in the convent. It is a tradition of McNick, and is a full mass that includes the liturgy of the word and the liturgy of the Eucharist. The mass is usually held by Father Dave Endres.
“It starts the day off with thanksgiving to God and members of the McNick community to receive the Eucharist and impacts the rest of our day,” Theology teacher Teresa Davis said.
“I think it’s really a nice mass. Fr. Dave always has something very relevant in his homilies,” Theology teacher Mary Beth Sandmann said. “I encourage people to come. I think they would enjoy going.”
“It’s a way to connect with community, it’s a great way to start off your weekend, and any time chapel doors are open to the Eucharist it is a great opportunity to be a part of the universal Church and to be one with each other and to be one with God,” Davis said.
The rosary is prayed in the chapel Monday through Thursday at 7:10 until about 7:30 a.m. by McNick teachers Willy Corbett, Barb Gillming, and Jeff Mulvey.
The prayer begins with Gillming asking for intentions. “I find it to be really powerful to be able to focus on somebody else’s needs for a while,” Mulvey said.
“It takes the focus off of yourself and what worries you,” Gillming said. “It is a reminder that there are bigger things out there…and that we have a Father and Mother in heaven who love us very much.”
“It’s a very peaceful way to start your day, inviting the Lord to be a part of your day,” Mulvey said. “If you feel like you’re beginning the day walking with the Lord, you don’t have to go find Him when you need Him.”
“A family who prays together stays together,” Gillming said, “and we’re all a family here.”
McNicholas students pray in the chapel with rosaries provided by McNicholas. Friday morning mass is held in the chapel at 7 a.m. and the saying of the rosary is held in the chapel at 7:10 a.m., Monday through Thursday.