The CBA student body, staff and faculty joined Rev. Ken Kirkman ’05, Parochial Vicar of St. Mary’s Church and St. Anthony of Padua Cortland, to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit in the Lynch Gymnasium on Wednesday, Sept. 21.
The Mass was the first of the new school year for the student body.
The Peer Ministers, led by student coordinators and seniors Alison Croucher and Jace Whelan wore bright pink t-shirts, that read, “Make Your Mark” on the front of them and “God Gave You A Fingerprint That No One Else Has, So You Can Leave An Imprint That No One Else Can” on the backside, and introduced this year’s theme.
“Our theme this year emphasizes the uniqueness of each one of us,” Croucher shared. “He has gifted each of us with a uniqueness all our own. This uniqueness is most obvious in our fingerprint. No two people have the same fingerprint. Just as God has designed us with a fingerprint all our own, He has also left His fingerprint throughout all of creation.”
Before the liturgy, a video was shown, which illustrated the mark left by our creator.
Many students participated in Mass including senior Jack Carpenter and junior Marina Hatem, who did the readings, and senior Emily Rivito and juniors Katie Toole and Meghan McKeen who delivered the general intercessions. Gift bearers included: Christian Longo (seventh grade); Annie Toole (eighth grade); Anthony Caputo (ninth grade); SirVocea Dennis (eleventh grade) and TJ LaDuca (twelfth grade).
The orchestra and the Jubilee Chorus, which includes both students and faculty, along with some instrumental and vocal soloists, provided the music for the Mass.
Brothers Joseph Jozwiak and Gabe Fiumano renewed their vows, as well as Sisters Suzanne Dunn and Maryann Argus. Principal Matt Keough followed by commissioning the senior class. The seniors were seated with their seventh grade buddy at Mass.
Seniors Molly Oyer, Jack Sheridan, Jack Carpenter, Mickey Pirro, Cydavia Patterson, and junior Marina Hatem, talked about how they “made their mark” this past summer at various camps, including Camp Sunshine and the Romero Center, the importance of community service and the many opportunities that are available for students to take part in.
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