Good morning, Padres. Please stop what you are doing and gather yourselves for prayer. Today's prayer was recited at the all-school assembly with speaker Bryan Stow. Let us silence ourselves now.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Gracious and Loving God,
As we pray today, we keep in our prayers those affected by the violence yesterday in Parkland, Florida. Please help their community heal through the kind of love and support you call us to show to others in our lives everyday.
You modeled through your son, how to love even when it is difficult. Jesus’ example of welcoming the women at the well, healing Simon’s mother-in-law, and weeping over his friend Lazarus’ death are but just a few of the reminders we have to be sensitive, caring, and inclusive young men. While this is not always easy, and our integrity is challenged each day, it remains our hope that we can put our full trust in you. Help us not to be so concerned about our own reputation that we bully others. Help us not to be so caught up in having social status that we don’t stand up for someone when they are bullied. And, help us when we live in the fear and shadow of being bullied.
In a special way today, we pray for Mr. Bryan Stow, who is with us this morning. We pray in thanksgiving for his recovery, but also for the continued strength in his journey of healing. May we today, hear with an open heart his message to us to live bully-free lives as well as empower us to stand up and change the issue of bullying in our society.
We ask this through your son Jesus.
Today's Prayer composed By Serra Faculty
Welcome to Faith & Service
At Serra, students experience spirituality and service in their daily lives—within and beyond the classroom. Our Campus Ministry program is at the heart of the school. Students plan liturgies and take part in reflective experiences such as the junior/senior Kairos retreat, which has a lifelong impact.
Serra provides a superior education that is grounded in the Catholic faith. Students don’t just learn about spirituality and service—they live it. Students deepen their spirituality not only in their theology classes, but across all program areas. By planning and participating in liturgies and prayer services, our Padres grow in their understanding of the Gospel.
Our service-learning program helps students to put their faith into action by making a difference in their local communities, nationally, and around the world. As each Serra student gives of himself in his own way, each graduating class performs tens of thousands of hours of Christian service. Serra Padres find daily opportunities to explore their faith.
At Serra, we educate the whole person—heart, mind, body and soul. Today’s teenagers are bombarded with conflicting messages about human dignity and moral values. The Serra High School community offers students a vision of faith, hope, love, mercy and justice. Based on Christ's example of servant leadership, we have committed ourselves to serving the students, faculty, and staff of the Serra community with our whole hearts.