The second- and third-grade classes from St. Michael’s School in Newark took a field trip to Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester May 16.
The students learned a lot about the cathedral during their trip, said Connor McKechney, who will start fourth grade in September. The children particularly enjoyed looking at the eucharistic chapel’s ceiling, which is painted to look like the night sky of March 3, 1868, the date the Diocese of Rochester was officially founded. They also found the story of Father George J. Weinmann and Sister Lilian Marie McLaughlin, SSND, especially memorable. Father Weinmann and Sister McLaughlin died while trying to save the Blessed Sacrament from a fire at St. Philip Neri Church in Rochester. The tabernacle at Sacred Heart includes parts from this historic tabernacle.
The students were also impressed with the “incredible” statue of Mary and the “huge” baptismal font, Connor said. The Bible stories depicted on stained-glass windows were also very popular with the students, he said.
After checking out the 167 angels and numerous shields in the cathedral, the students enjoyed lunch and a little bit of playtime at Egypt Park in Perinton.
“(We) had a great time,” Connor said.