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Senior Kylie Bafus and her mother are one of the many attendees at the breakfast.

By Bella Sydenham

NDP’s Mother-Daughter Communion Breakfast and Mass was the first spiritual event in the school’s plan to provide opportunities for students and parents to grow in their faith.

James Gmelich, principal of NDP, said one of the school’s goals is to advance its spiritual program when he addressed the audience on September 13. Mothers and daughters gathered together in the transformed NDP gym for a morning filled with prayer, laughter and tears.

NDP plans to switch off every other year between a mother-daughter/father-son Communion breakfast and a father-daughter/mother-son Communion breakfast to develop spiritual growth between child and parent.

Shauna Rocha, senior at NDP, described her experience as “memorable” and said, “At first, I didn’t want to go, but I am so glad I decided to go.”

The morning started off with a mother-daughter picture and then continued with Mass in one half of the gym.

Father Parks said Mass, and in his homily reinforced the idea that serving others makes one truly happy.

In his words, translated to appeal the feminine crowd: “If you want to be happy for an hour, get a pedicure. If you want to be happy for a day, go to the spa. But, if you want to be happy for life, serve others.”

After the Mass, all the ladies moved on to the elaborately decorated gym for a buffet breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, muffins, bagels and even more snacks.

Grouped in tables of 12, the Mothers’ Guild transformed the gym by decorating the tables with a purple tablecloth and purple flower centerpieces, which one lucky attendant at each table got to take home after the breakfast.

Throughout the meal, mothers and daughters talked and laughed, enjoying the morning they had to themselves.

After everyone had finished their breakfast, Mrs. Mary Lou Lachvayder, head of the Theology Department, addressed the audience in a speech based off her own experiences with her mother.

Two points she made in her speech were to always pray when there is a problem and always ask yourself when angry: Are you going to give the devil that power?

After the talk, all daughters brought their mother a rose and gave them a special blessing.

The emotion in the room was palpable: “I feel like I got closer to my mom” said NDP freshman Abbi Wimmer, and “I would describe the experience as memorable.”

Wimmer said, “I felt like the mass and the guest speaker was inspirational and helped deepen my relationship with God and my mom; it was also great to see my friends with their moms too”.

The goal of growing as a community in spirituality started off with a morning for mothers and daughters to develop the special bond they have, and to grow as a community closer to God.

The Father-Son Communion Breakfast is planned for February 21, 2015.



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