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PHOTO: Third grader Natalina Leite offers prayers for Pope Benedict during Adoration today.

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Students at Mother Teresa Regional School in Atlantic Highlands spent an hour today in Adoration of the Eucharist.  Their prayers were offered for Pope Benedict XVI and the church at this historic time.

“Our lives as Catholics are centered around the Eucharist and today was a way for us to offer our prayers to God for the Pope and the church” noted principal Melissa Whelan Wisk.  Students listened as Fr. William Dunlap explained the Benediction and offered prayers for the Pope who has resigned.  “This is definitely a teachable moment” Mrs. Wisk went on to say, “Our students will remember this time. Our 8th grade was in Kindergarten when Pope Benedict was elected, now they are graduating and we will have a new Pope.”

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Fr. William Dunlap raises the Eucharist during the Benediction.

Mother Teresa Regional School will be following the conclave closely and will be offering a daily prayer for the church during this time of transition. In addition, arrangements are being made to Skype with students from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame who are in Rome for a Study Abroad program. “As a graduate of Saint Mary’s, I reached out to them and we are working out details so the students get to speak to someone who is in Rome during this time.  I would love to be there myself but for now will settle with using Skype” explained Mrs. Wisk.

For more information on Mother Teresa Regional School and their activities during the transition to a new Pope visit mtregional.com.