On Friday, December 7, all Everest Collegiate High School & Academy students gathered together for Mass celebrated by a special visitor from the archdiocese, Father Stephen Pullis, Director of the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis, and Schools.  Also in the attendance was the Archdiocesan Superintendent of Catholic schools, Dr. Kevin Kijewski.

During Mass the traditional blessing of the Baby Jesus took place. Everest adopted this tradition that was started by Pope Paul VI in 1969 at St Peter’s Square in Rome. Families bring their figure of the Baby Jesus to be blessed by the Pope during his Sunday Angelus address and later placed in their manger scene. On Friday, siblings gathered as families at the back of the gym and processed forward with their Baby Jesus figurine.  This is one among many ways the Everest community is preparing their hearts from Christmas during this Advent season.

At the end of Mass, Father Stephen took a moment to recognize the faculty and staff for their dedication to the important task of Catholic education and asked some students what they like most about Everest.  Students shared their appreciation for the faculty and staff, the community, their friends, and the faith formation. Fr. Stephen and Dr. Kijewski met with members of the administration after Mass and discussed the archdiocesan initiative of Unleash the Gospel and the role of Catholic schools in evangelization.

Everest thanks Father Stephen and Dr. Kijewski for their visit and support!