St. William the Abbot School in Seaford recently held its annual Mission Mass as a tribute to charitable work undertaken by the Catholic Church.
Each year, St. Williams the Abbot first graders dress in different outfits that represent their culture and heritage. The mass was dedicated to the mission of St. Williams the Abbot Church and for their continued missionary work. The day of the mass also happened to be the feast day of St. Anthony Mary Claret.
During the homily, Father Bob Hayden, pastor of St. William the Abbot Church in Seaford, spoke directly to the children of the school and explained to them all about St. Anthony, who was a part of the apostolic missionary and spread the word by creating books and pamphlets for people throughout Spain. After the mass, the first graders sang “Kum Ba Yah.” Then the children went all around the altar and were then inducted into the Holy Childhood Association.
As they were inducted, the first graders promised to pray, treat others with kindness and help others. The mass is a long tradition in St. Williams the Abbot School and it will continue for years to come.