CJ Community Celebrates Eucharist Together

Fr. Matt Robben has a message he’d like all members of the CJ community -- parents, students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends -- to hear: “Come join us to celebrate the Eucharist.”

In his second year as chaplain at CJ, Fr. Matt is once again encouraging all to deepen their faith together at monthly all-school Mass in Emmanuel Catholic Church and at daily Mass in the Our Lady Queen of the Apostles Chapel located in CJ’s annex building.

“The doors are are always open and I am always looking for people interested in being readers or servers,” he said. This school year there are a total of 12 monthly liturgies and daily liturgy Monday through Friday, before and after school. View the full schedule below.

Senior Kaitlyn Cartone said she appreciates having the option of attending Mass every single day, adding that a majority of students will attend at least one of the before- and after-school services at some point during the school year with a sports team, group or club. She competes on the women’s golf team and also helps plan liturgies as a member of FLIGHT.

“I think it is an honor and a privilege to be able to help plan all-school Masses where we bring our community together,” she said. The seniors of FLIGHT ‘14 meet during Period 1 to lend a helping hand in planning all of the school’s ministry and service activities.

The office of ministry and service has also implemented special whole class liturgies at CJ. All students attend an additional two Masses with fellow members of their graduating class during homeroom time -- once in the fall and once in the spring -- with Fr. Matt serving as celebrant.

“We’re varying the ways students go to Mass to allow different atmospheres for experiencing the Eucharist,” Fr. Matt said. Students perform readings, serve as Eucharistic Ministers and help select music for whole class liturgies which encourages more intimate participation.

Students also have the opportunity to get closer to God with private prayer and reflection each Friday in the CJ chapel. There, individuals are welcomed to participate in quiet adoration or the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The idea to open the chapel during Friday homeroom periods was initiated last school year by a small group of students, said Fr. Matt.

“When you have teenagers coming up and talking to you like that it feels awesome,” he said, “because that means that they are interested in deepening their relationship with the Lord.”