Newly-ordained Bishop Adam Parker, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, celebrated the beginning of Lent with the students, faculty and staff of Archbishop Curley High School. He presided and preached at the Mass. After his homily, he challenged those present to decide today what spiritual practice to do for Lent. He said it should be specific and realistic and above all bring us closer to Jesus. Then he blessed... ashes and began the ancient rite of distribution that marks each recipient as someone in need of forgiveness. "Repent and believe in the Gospel."
Mass continued normally, with the Curley Choir and the Praise band leading the music. After Communion, Fr. Donald thanked Bishop Parker for his presence today. Curley was the first school to be visited by the bishop since his ordination, and he said, "Why not start with the best." What evoked an even greater response from the students was the bishop's granting of a day off, the date of which to be decided by the administration.
After Mass, the bishop greeted students and faculty as they left the auditorium. He them posed with members of the FYM Flex Team.