Wednesday, October 14, 2009

St. Bernard presents seniors with cross

Twenty-four seniors at St. Bernard Prep School in Cullman were honored recently during a Senior Dedication Mass in the Abbey Church. Abbot Cletus Meagher, Chairman of the Board; Fr. Marcus Voss, President; Fr. Joel Martin, Headmaster; and Fr. Bede Marcy, School Chaplain concelebrated the Mass.

Abbot Cletus defined the meaning of a Senior Dedication Mass. “Senior means elder or wisdom gained through age and life experiences. Dedication means to concentrate or set aside for a noble purpose. Our Mass is a prayer of Thanksgiving and a celebration of the mystery of salvation by God’s generosity,” Abbot Cletus said. “We celebrate with the senior class that they may all share in that which is ours in Christ, dedicated to a divine purpose, and as they dedicate themselves to the principals and beliefs on which St. Bernard was founded.”

Following the homily, the faculty and staff joined the seniors at the altar as a sign of their support and concurrence with the decision of Fr. Joel and the administration that the seniors should with receive a blessing dedicating to roles of leadership in the student body of Senior Class by St. Bernard Preparatory School.

Each senior was recognized individually and presented a Benedictine Cross which symbolized their lives of service not only in the St. Bernard community but in whatever they do “Wear your cross with pride as a reminder of the privilege and dignity that is yours as you share in Christ,” Abbot Cletus said.

The 2010 senior class at St. Bernard Prep accepted their leadership roles. Abbot Cletus concluded the blessing by saying to the class, “You have been blessed with many gifts and talents. Recognize these gifts and be a blessing to others. You stand at the head of those who have gone before you. Strive for the gifts that have lasting value; and dedicate yourselves to seeing things with the eyes of faith. Embrace life with love.”

Dr. Rebecca Whited directed the St. Bernard Choral Music group and served as organist for the ceremony. St. Bernard students Jesse Schaffer, Jonathan Gray, Sean Nowocin, Christopher Presto, and Louis YuTiamco served as Knights of the Altar.

At the conclusion of the service, the Senior Class enjoyed a nice Italian Meal with their parents in the Brahma Room.

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