Thursday, February 14, 2019
Florida Catholic staff - Florida Catholic
Photography: Lenisse Komatsu Photography
PARKLAND | Anticipating by one day the first anniversary of the shooting at neighboring Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Mary Help of Christians School held a “February 14 Day of Remembrance” prayer service Feb. 13.
The event was attended by teachers, staff, students, parents, and invited guests, including Parkland Mayor Christine Hunchofsky, and the parents of Gina Montalto, a Mary Help of Christians parishioner who was killed in the tragedy, along with members of their family and friends.
The student-led event featured the school choir, God’s Hands (signing), and Student Council members paying special tribute to the 17 beautiful souls who perished on Valentine's Day 2018. The school's stagecraft classes and club students made beautiful heart-shaped wreaths - 17 wreaths for each victim and one for the Parkland community - along with angel crosses.
Msgr. Terence Hogan, Mary Help of Christians' pastor, reminded those present that Mary Help of Christians is one family, a strong faith community that unites and sustains each other, especially during difficult times.
The prayer service ended with teachers, staff, students, and parents each receiving a pink carnation which they placed in a vessel beneath the statue of the Blessed Mother.
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