Tuesday, May 22, 2012

A Milestone Graduation

     One of the blessing of sharing in the ministry of Catholic School education is the joy of watching our young people grow and mature in a setting that allows for the expression of Faith and the developing of Gospel values.  I wish I could say that we are always successful, but I can say that we do our best and continue to provide a golden opportunity rooted in a long and venerable tradition.    Last evening we gathered in our church to celebrate the 20th Graduation Liturgy of Queen of Angels Regional Catholic School.  On a lovely evening family and friends as well as members of the staff, administration and school family gather for Mass, an awards ceremony and a great party in our social hall.

     This year we recognized fifteen 8th Grade Graduates.  They are: Rowan Noelle Alexander, Briana Boyle, Zoe L. Burns, Brendan Carmody, Claire Linda Fonzo, Claire Rebekah Jones, Aaron Knoch, Kaitlynn Alexandra McGowan, Sonnet Rose Myers, Samantha Marie Neal, Makenzie Oates, Sarah June Ryan, Gwendolyn Rygg, Jamie Rebecca Wilson, and Andrew David Yant.  Congratulations to these graduates!

     Their class motto is: "We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided." (by J.K. Rowling)

     The Presider and Homilist for the Mass was Father John Moineau, the President of the Board of Trust Administrators, and he was joined by Fathers Joseph Armamento, Kenneth Zaccagnini, John Harrold and myself, with Msgr Paul Fitzmaurice not able to be in attendance (it was also his birthday!). 

     Twenty years for Queen of Angels is a significant anniversary, but it pales in comparison to the multitude of years represented by the initial schools of Immaculate Conception, Saint Agnes and Saint Edward.  A wonderful legacy of Catholic School Education exists in this area.

     Our thanks to the administration, faculty & staff, parents and supporters of the school, and the parishes involved who make this possible through their support.

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