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All-county Mass draws 1,300 students to Elyria Catholic

News of the Diocese

February 1, 2024

All-county Mass draws 1,300 students to Elyria Catholic
All-county Mass draws 1,300 students to Elyria Catholic
All-county Mass draws 1,300 students to Elyria Catholic
All-county Mass draws 1,300 students to Elyria Catholic
All-county Mass draws 1,300 students to Elyria Catholic
All-county Mass draws 1,300 students to Elyria Catholic
All-county Mass draws 1,300 students to Elyria Catholic
All-county Mass draws 1,300 students to Elyria Catholic
All-county Mass draws 1,300 students to Elyria Catholic
All-county Mass draws 1,300 students to Elyria Catholic

Once again, Elyria Catholic High School rolled out the welcome mat for students from eight partner schools in Lorain County. About 1,300 attended the All-county Mass on Jan 26 in the school’s gymnasium, also known as the Coliseum.

Those attending were asked to donate non-perishable food items that were donated to the needy in Lorain County.

(See photo gallery above.)

Father Eric Garris, diocesan vocation director, was the celebrant.

“I came here to tell you that God’s love is real,” he told the assembled students. “Be mindful of all people who have influence,” Father Garris said, reminding the students that they are part of something much bigger than themselves, than their families, their parishes or even Elyria Catholic. They are part of the Church.

As members of the Church, they have a responsibility by virtue of baptism to bring the love of God “to the one who is lonely, who is anxious, who is making bad decisions,” he said.

“What is the call of a saint?” Father Garris asked the group. “To bring the love of God to the world. You’ve all received something today: the love of God.” He reminded them that their call to heaven was fanned into a flame today during the liturgy.

Reflecting on the end of the Mass, Father Garris told the students they don’t just leave when the liturgy ends.

“We are sent on a mission. You received God’s presence today. Now take it to someone who needs it.”

The Mass, a tradition for nearly two decades at Elyria Catholic, traditionally helps kick off the celebration of Catholic Schools Week, which takes place Jan. 28 through Feb. 4 this year.

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