Salesianum Celebrates Feast of the Epiphany

Salesianum School celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany last Friday with a school-wide Mass. Rev. Mr. Michael Vogt, O.S.F.S., prepared for his upcoming ordination later this month by professing his faith before the congregation.

 

Sallies also named three students Kings for the Day, in honor of the Magi, and welcomed the second grade class from St. Mary Magdalene School.

 

The Three Kings, Michael Kelso '14, Sean Smith '13, Zachary Pollinger '12, with Rev. Michael Vogt
The Three Kings, Michael Kelso '14, Sean Smith '13, Zachary Pollinger '12, with Rev. Michael Vogt

 

 

After Rev. Michael Connolly, O.S.F.S., delivered the homily, Deacon Vogt made his Oath of Loyalty and his Profession of Faith. Both are critical steps on the road to ordination.

 

The ordination ceremony will take place at 11:30 am on January 27 in the Salesianum gymnasium.

 

Fr. Connolly focused on how the Magi searched for truth during his homily. Only the Gospel of Matthew mentions the Magi, he said. Yet for millennia artists and storytellers have filled in details—such as their names—and created legends about them.

 

We honor the Magi, Fr. Connolly said, because they were “men of intelligence” who sought truth about God. Their quest represents the struggle of mankind to find God hidden among us. In that sense, anyone who searches for truth in any field—mathematics, science, literature—is uncovering more about God.

 

“How would you approach your studies,” Fr. Connolly closed, “if you believed that by your search for truth you were closing the gap between you and your God?”

 

The Mass contained many Magi-inspired touches. The second grade class at St. Mary Magdalene joined the Sallies musicians in performing the offertory hymn, “We Three Kings”.

 

Rev. Chris Beretta, O.S.F.S., later asked three of the second graders to select three Salesianum students who would be made Kings for the Day. The principal gave them a box filled with all the students’ names on scraps of paper.

 

There were two false starts. Two youngsters selected absent students, who de facto could not be Kings for the Day.

 

Eventually the coronation was complete, with Zachary Pollinger ’12, Sean Smith ’13, and Michael Kelso ’14 crowned Magi for the Day. Fr. Beretta granted each a free lunch and one wish of the king’s choosing. “One wish,” Fr. Beretta added, “that won’t put the school into too much debt.”

SMM 2nd graders sing "We Three Kings" during the Epiphany mass.
SMM 2nd graders sing "We Three Kings" during the Epiphany mass.