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Brunswick students watch Pope's historic address

Posted: 8:12 PM, Sep 24, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-24 20:12:20-04

We've all had generational moments where as kids we remember watching historic moments with others in school.

The first man to walk on the moon, 9/11, the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion or the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to name a few.

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For Catholic school students, the election of a pope or his visit to the United States often fell into that category.

At St. Ambrose in Brunswick, 8th-grade students and some of their parents gathered to watch the address of Pope Francis to a joint session of Congress, creating new memories and bringing back old ones.

"I remember being a kid myself remembering great events that were on TV," said parent Michelle Schafer. "We were all forced to sit and watch them."

"I remember that was historic and this is historic," she said.

Seeing the first leader of the Catholic Church speaking to Congress, a body that's roughly 30 percent Catholic, was a moment that carried for students an important life lesson and set an example.

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"To be a moral leader, it's a great thing," said Pastor Fr. Bob Stec. "We lift up in our world moral leaders and hopefully as they see these images, remember gathering with their class it will bring them back to life shaping memories that will guide them forever."

Fr. Stec will be at the Pope's mass at Madison Square Garden on Friday and asked the students to take time out to write down on pieces of paper a special intention.

"A hope, a prayer, a dream that they have for themselves, their family for our world and I'm going to literally carry that with me tomorrow as I get to experience this historic mass," he said.

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