St. Mary’s students form the shape of a cross to symbolize their faith in God.
ALTON — St. Mary’s students and staff on Friday, Aug. 28, held a celebration of the spirit, which is so vital to their faith in God.
Students and staff, adorned in their school spirit shirts, attended an all-school Mass. After Mass, the students were assembled into the shape of the cross to symbolize their faith in God. Afterward, they enjoyed a concert by the Karl Zimmerman Band, a spiritual group from St. Louis. Zimmerman rocked the gym with popular spiritual music, while students and staff sang, danced and prayed together.
“Yes, we have spirit, yes we do,” students and staff sang. “We have spirit for our God, it’s true.”
This school year St. Mary’s students and staff are focusing on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. They began the school year with a focus on the work of mercy, Feed the Hungry. The school and parish families are donating canned goods for Catholic Charities and eighth-grade confirmation students will visit the Ronald McDonald House to cook and serve families in need.
“St. Mary’s Catholic School exists to support the life of the Catholic church by serving all families who desire a Catholic education for their children,” a school press release states. “In collaboration with parents, parishioners and community, our pledge is to provide an education that forms Christian leaders spiritually, intellectually, morally, physically and culturally. Guided by the Gospel, students are challenged to fulfill their potential as lifelong learners committed to following Jesus’ example through worship, service and love.”