St. Joseph’s Academy gathered as a school community on August 15 to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. Father Matthew Dunn, SJA’s school chaplain and parochial vicar for Christ the King Parish on LSU’s campus, was the presider.
Junior Anna Kathryn White welcomed the large gathering. “On this day, we honor Mary’s assumption into heaven, both body and soul, as a reward for her ‘yes’ to God and to God’s plans for her life,” she said.
Senior Claire Waggenspack read from the Book of Revelation. Junior Lauren Quebedeaux read from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians. Senior Audrey Rothkamm and sophomore Rachel Thompson offered the prayers of the faithful.
Faculty member Hugo Andricain is SJA’s liturgy coordinator. Danielle Laird directed the Liturgy Choir. Aimee Urdiales was the pianist. Cantors were seniors Izzy Gruner and Mary Jo Dardis.
Following mass, Principal Stacia Andricain spoke about the Academy’s ongoing commitment to helping to feed the hungry in our community through the Sticker Sacks program. The program began 10 years ago, when the SJA community read An Invisible Thread by Laura Schroff. The book details the story of Laura and Maurice, an 11-year-old homeless boy who asked her for spare change because he was hungry. A friendship was formed that has spanned three decades. Each week, the Academy community makes brown bag lunches for St. Vincent de Paul. This year’s Sticker Sacks programs kicks off in September.
Senior Alexandra Hulse closed the assembly with the singing of the alma mater.
Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Photos by Jennifer M. Fontaine