April showers can bring Mayflowers, but for sports they bring rain and delays. This year’s Mass Under the Lights event, which usually takes place on an outdoor sports field at University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, nearly suffered the same soggy fate, but was moved indoors thanks to university unrest St. John Bosco Center team.
Members of the Catholic Campus Ministry welcomed more than 90 fellow students, alumni, athletes and coaches to the Colonnade Hall of the University Center on April 7 for the Mass in honor of the university’s athletics. The Mass began in 2017 as a way to reach varsity athletes unable to attend ministry events on campus, according to varsity chaplain Fr. Christopher Vaccaro. This year marked the first mass celebrated on campus since 2020.
During his homily, Father Vaccaro encouraged the students to exert as much effort, dedication and discipline to get to heaven as they would to reach home plate.
“Aim to be big. Aim to get home no matter the cost,” he said. “It’s the same in sports. It’s the same in life. »
More than 15 athletes attended the event along with five coaches and Director and Assistant Athletic Director, Patrick Catullo and Caitlin Moore.
Women’s field hockey coach Jaime Tierney attended mass with one of his players, rookie Ellie Helbling.
“It was my first time doing it and I really didn’t expect it to be so much about athletics,” Tierney said. “There was a moment when I really had tears in my eyes.”
She looks forward to competing again next year when he is hopefully back on the pitch.
“It was great that we had so many people since we weren’t in the field,” said Father Vaccaro. “It’s good to see that over the years we’ve made inroads with the administration to be very supportive of this event.”
After Mass, all were invited to a reception at the St. John Bosco Center across the street, where the festivities and fellowship continued late into the evening.
Kassock is a freelancer in Fredericksburg