Second grade is a special sacramental year, and, during their annual mother and child retreat, Everest’s second graders and their moms had a morning to reflect on the gift of the sacraments.  The moms gathered after morning drop-off for a spiritual talk by formation director Jill Swallow during which she encouraged them to renew their own appreciation for the sacraments as “the visible presence of Christ” (St. Leo) and God’s desire to be close to and strengthen them.

Then everyone gathered in the chapel for a teaching Mass where Fr. Thomas Salazar, LC explained the significance of some of the parts of the Mass and engaged the group through an interactive homily.

The retreat closed with mother and child snack and craft time, the craft being a glittery treasure chest displaying the “treasures of reconciliation” as a visual reminder of the graces received when we avail of the Sacrament of Confession.  The entire Everest community keeps the second graders and their families in their prayers in a very special way as they prepare to receive the great gifts of Reconciliation and First Communion.