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Monthly Reflections from President Mike Prato


This monthly Reflection Series is intended to provide readers with reflections on the Gospels that are relevant to our school events and activities and are spiritually up-lifting.

Advent, by definition, calls us to some kind of action. As Catholic Christians, it is a time to 'clean house' as the Centurion reminds us in the Gospel reading a few weeks ago; " I am not worthy that you should come under my roof...". For the Prato family, we strive for consistency in our preparation by taking part in weekly service as a family, nightly affirmations of Christ in our lives and by making reconciliation a priority. "The house needs a little tidying," my eldest daughter commented.

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Jesus said to his disciples: "Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come." As if this wasn't enough of a challenge, Jesus concludes, "Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more."

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This past month, the consultant to our international program, Mariko Fujiwara, arranged for a trip to Korea with the sole purpose of reengaging with a country that at one time was strongly represented at Kennedy Catholic.

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When I was in eighth grade, I encountered my first youth group experience led by Fr. Dick Gallagher. Fr. Gallagher was all of 28 (we thought that was super old) and newly ordained. He was St. Bernadette's first ever youth minister.

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Exodus 90 was developed at Mount St. Mary's Seminary by Fr. Brian Doerr (the former Vice Rector of Human Formation) and young seminarians who, having been raised in a society enslaved to sin, longed for a more perfect personal freedom as they anticipated service in the Church.

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