Father Tom Dente, pastor of Notre Dame Church in North Caldwell and director of the Office of Divine Worship for the Archdiocese of Newark, celebrated the Mass in Oak Knoll’s Mother Mary Campion Center for the Performing Arts before parents, faculty and staff.
The newly commissioned ministers are: Faith Bulan ’20, Riley Campbell ’20, Megan Collins ’20, Mary Kathryn Conniff ’20, Catherine D’Alessandro ’20, Cara Feit ’20, Julianna Feit ’20, Kelly Fitzpatrick ’20, Elizabeth Gagliano ’20, Kylie Gall ’20, Olivia Gaston ’20, Ava Gordon ’20, Katherine Guido ’20, Kylie Hampton ’20, Jeanne McCormick Horsey ’20, Aine Maseker ’20, Elsa Maurizi ’20, Paige Morton ’20, Bridget Murphy ’20, Sofia Pelayo ’20, Keelin Schlageter ’20, Mary Margaret Schroeder ’20, Kaitlin Settle ’20 and Grace Treanor ’20.
In his homily, Father Dente reflected on the students answering the call to serve and describing the call as an important callback to the other sacraments, especially baptism and confirmation.
“We are meant to become the body of Christ,” Father Dente said. “Today you are installing new Eucharistic ministers in your school and it is not so much to honor them, but so that they can become servants of Christ and bring you the meal of Jesus, so they can help you encounter the risen body of Christ.
“Every time we say Amen to that bread and wine, we are renewing our faith and our baptism,” he added.
This is the largest class of commissioned juniors in school history, with only the Class of 2015 and 2017 touting an impressive 21 commissioned juniors each. The 2020 ministers represent more than a third of their class.
The program for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion was initiated at Oak Knoll in 1989. Students interested in the program may apply during the spring, submit essays on topics related to the Sacrament of Eucharist and the Ministry of Communion, and be interviewed and participate in a training program.