The Spanish I and II classes celebrated Dia de Muertos, a holiday observed in Mexico and in various cultures. The holiday is a gathering of family and friends to pray for and remember loved ones who have died. A traditional aspect of the holiday is the building of private altars that are covered with trinkets, flowers, and the favorite foods and beverages of the deceased.
For the third year in a row, BDHS students were participants in a NET (National Evangelization Team) Retreat (netusa.org). On October 28, 2014 the Freshman and Sophomore classes prayed, played, and worshipped together under the leadership of the NET team. Then the next day, on October 29, 2014, it was the Junior’s and Senior’s turn. The themes for each NET Retreat were ‘Why Catholic’ for the underclassmen and ‘Reality Check’ for the upperclassmen. The Chapel of Mary and Joseph on the campus of Wheeling Jesuit University was once again the gracious host-site for the event. Bishop Donahue students not only participated in the Net Retreat, but also 5 BD families opened their hearts and homes as hospitable host families to the NET Team members for the 3 nights that they were in McMechen. The NET team members are young men and women who hail from all corners of the USA. The NET Team encouraged the BD students to develop a relationship of friendship with Jesus and to love as Jesus loves. They did this by way of songs, skits, dramas, witness talks, both public & private prayer, small group discussions, and the celebration of the Eucharist. The NET Retreat served as an experience that will not soon be forgotten by the students.