Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta

Kennesaw

At St. Catherine’s, students rally in faith, honor patron saint

Published May 12, 2016

KENNESAW—Students, teachers and parents of St. Catherine of Siena School in Kennesaw participated in Faith Rally 2016 on April 29.

Eighth-grade cross bearer Alex Lambie and a contingent of altar servers lead a procession from St. Catherine of Siena Church to the school gymnasium, as they are immediately followed by Deacon Stephen Ponichtera carrying the monstrance, containing the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The school’s 427 students, faculty, staff, preschool students and parents participated in the Eucharistic procession during the school’s 2016 Faith Rally on the feast of St. Catherine of Siena. Photo By Michael Alexander

Eighth-grade cross bearer Alex Lambie and a contingent of altar servers lead a procession from St. Catherine of Siena Church to the school gymnasium, as they are immediately followed by Deacon Stephen Ponichtera carrying the monstrance, containing the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. The school’s 427 students, faculty, staff, preschool students and parents participated in the Eucharistic procession during the school’s 2016 Faith Rally on the feast of St. Catherine of Siena. Photo By Michael Alexander

The rally, commemorating the feast day of St. Catherine of Siena, included a Mass, Eucharistic procession and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in the gymnasium, where adoration was held.

Bishop Luis R. Zarama celebrated Mass at the church, delivering a homily on Jesus’ command to love one another. At the end of Mass, the preschool students processed into the sanctuary with flowers for St. Catherine. Then, all 427 students participated in a Eucharistic procession from the church to the gymnasium.

Deacon Stephen Ponichtera provided a reflection on the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.

The school’s praise band performed worship songs in the parking lot, and all students enjoyed a picnic lunch of hot dogs, chips and Italian ice.

Bishop Zarama visited students in their classrooms. St. Catherine and Blessed Raymond of Capua, the saint’s spiritual advisor and confessor, also made special appearances throughout Faith Rally day.