Bishop, St. Paul students record Rosary CD

By EmmaLee Italia | Trenton Monitor Correspondent

Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., was recently invited by St. Paul School, Princeton, to record a Rosary CD with the students.

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The Bishop met seven of the school’s fourth- through seventh-graders in the St. Paul Parish Mercy Chapel the morning of June 8 for a recording session, facilitated by the diocesan Office of Communication and Media’s Department of Multimedia Production.

Formerly the convent chapel for the Sisters of Mercy in St. Paul Parish, who retired June 2016, the space was renovated for use by both parish and school for various spiritual activities. Just before recording began, St. Paul School principal Dr. Ryan Killeen received a message from Sister of Mercy Terena Gentilli; when he returned her call and told her of how the sisters’ former chapel was being utilized that day, she was ecstatic. “That’s the Mercy Spirit at work!” she exclaimed.

Bishop O’Connell joked with the students about his new shoes, and asked them about school and summer vacation, putting them at ease before the recording microphones. “Don’t worry about mistakes,” he said with a smile. “If we make a mistake, we’ll just try it again.”

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, the Rosary CD project was an idea of SPS’s Catholic Identity Committee. “We saw it a chance for families to use the CD in their cars and be able to pray the Rosary together on their way to work or to school,” said Jennifer Sutter, parent representative on the committee.

Distribution details for the Rosary CD will be worked out at a later date; the school anticipates having copies for each SPS family sometime in the fall.

COLLABORATIVE EFFORT • Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., was invited to record a Rosary CD June 8 with students of St. Paul School, Princeton, in the parish’s Mercy Chapel. The CD will be made available to SPS school families in the 2017-18 school year. Rosemary Kimball photo

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