Mercy Vocational High School kicked off the Year of Mercy with a Mass at St. Martin de Porres Church on Dec. 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception. The Mass was concelebrated by Father Stephen Thorne, pastor of St. Martin de Porres, and Franciscan Father Richard Owens, alumnus of Mercy Vocational.
During his homily Father Thorne asks students, “Is it in you? You need to show it in the way you act, in the way you behave. Stand up and show up.”
Mercy Sister Rosemary Herron, president of Mercy Vocational High School, welcomes students and tells them,”Let us be true to our names as our name is Mercy.”
Mercy Sister Susan Walsh, principal of Mercy Vocational, speaks about mercy as students and staff place objects that represent mercy at the altar.
Teena Weisler, school minister, and student Diamond Vaughn lead the congregation in song.
Father Stephen Thorne, pastor of St. Martin De Porres Parish, engages students during his homily.
Tiara Robinson, English teacher Peter Ryan Tara Crews bring up the gifts during Mass which opens the Year of Mercy.
Freshman Dina Fuentes fills the church with her beautiful voice.
Franciscan Father Richard Owens, alumnus of Mercy Vocational, concelebrates Mass at St. Martin de Porres Church.
Father Owens and Father Thorne offer prayers during the Liturgy of the Eucharist.