The real meaning of the Father-Son Mass

Jaryd Veserat, Contributor

The Father-Son Mass and Reception that took place in early February was not just any Mass. This religious event stands for something special at Jesuit High School.

“The Father-Son Mass is a celebration of the relationships between fathers and sons,” said Jesuit’s Director of Liturgy Ms. Annie Crew-Renzo.

This Father-Son Mass has been a tradition for 20 years, normally drawing around 700 parents and students to the Father Barry Gymnasium. Its main goal is to bring families together and to commemorate the special relationship between fathers and sons.

“[This mass is] a time that is marked out in a special way for […] fathers to spend time with their sons,” Ms. Crew-Renzo said .  

The Mass has become popular with the students as well as the adults. Casey Gilles ‘18 decided to attend the Father-Son Mass last year to show love and respect for his dad, and to strengthen their spiritual bond.

“My first impression was that it was a really good opportunity for my dad and I to bond at Mass, and deepen our faith in God together,” Casey said. “My favorite is seeing all of my friends’ dads, because …I have never really met [them] before.”

The Father-Son Mass is no regular mass but rather bonding time for fathers and sons, giving them an opportunity to prioritize family and spend time together in a religious and intimate environment.