Eucharistic Procession Marks Closure and New Beginning

Moving Heelan Ceremony Includes Prayer and Song
Posted on 12/20/2017

Students and faculty at Bishop Heelan High School participated in a once in a lifetime ceremony Dec. 18 when they solemnly walked in a Eucharistic procession that transferred the Blessed Sacrament from old Heelan to the New Heelan High School, signaling the closing of Heelan classrooms and the opening of a new state-of the art school.

Students first gathered in the gym for a prayer service led by Father Shane Deman, Heelan chaplain. During his homily he talked to students about starting a new chapter in Heelan’s history.

“We have the chance to write the first pages of the new school, which will last for generations to come,” he said.  “To begin this transition we are asking the Lord to lead us. We are about to carry Christ, in his Eucharistic presence here in this tabernacle, into the new halls of the school…May our efforts create a worthy home for Him where all visitors and guests know His presence is to be found whenever they enter the halls of the new Bishop Heelan.”

A procession of priests, altar servers, Knights of Columbus, students, teachers and staff then processed out the lower level door and over to the new Heelan High School, through its halls and into the Fine Arts Auditorium where the ceremony concluded.