Prayers Louder Than Thunder
The threat of inclement weather did not deter the Plaquemine community from gathering in prayer for the Back to School Rosary.
Held last Monday at the St. John High School Grotto, the rosary was hosted by the St. John Mother's Club and led by Mother's Club President, Haley Marcantel. During the rosary, administrators, educators, and students from St. John and local public schools placed flowers at the feet of the statue of Mary, and led the prayers in each decade.
At the conclusion, Marcantel said it was beautiful to see “our community come together to pray for our little ones.”
“As I closed the last decade, it was evident the most important person was there, God,” Marcantel said. “When I asked all to stand, there was a large thunder. I believe God was saying, ‘Good job, my children.’"
This was the third year for this event, which is held each August prior to the start of the school year.
Marcantel added on her Facebook page: “I was completely humbled tonight by the attendance at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church and School Back to School Rosary. Thank you to all who attended. Thank you to St. John School and St. St John The Evangelist Catholic Church for hosting this beautiful event. Thank you for the attendance from St. John Church and School, Iberville Parish School System and other schools in our surrounding area representing such as West Baton Rouge School System and Sacred Heart Catholic School. I know His sweet mother Mary was looking down on us. The closing reflection prayer on the last joyful mystery stands out as I go to bed tonight. ‘Dear Jesus, we ask to always remember that there is no greater JOY and no greater education than to know You Jesus. Let us all remember that You gave us these precious children and it is our job to guide them along the way back to Your kingdom. Help each of us: leaders, teachers, students, support staff, parents, grandparents...help us all to be like You Jesus.’ Again, thank you for all of your support and I hope you all have a wonderful school year.”