Many firsts accompany the beginning of a new academic year and at Peoria Notre Dame High School that included a visit from Coadjutor Bishop Louis Tylka on Sept. 1. Not only was it his first official visit to a Catholic school in Diocese of Peoria, but it was the first school Mass there since the students returned in mid-August.
When he arrived, Bishop Tylka found the Peoria Notre Dame Marching Band waiting for him on the lawn in front of the school. A few minutes later, he would be treated to “a warm PND welcome” with Father Corey Krengiel, chaplain, leading the freshman and seniors gathered in the Kelly Needham Gym in a round of applause.
As is tradition in Catholic schools at the start of a new year, Bishop Tylka celebrated a Mass of the Holy Spirit and said it is appropriate to invite the Holy Spirit into our lives, especially during high school.
“We invite the Spirit to be our helper and guide so that we may respond to the call of Jesus each day,” he said.