The CBA student body, staff and faculty joined Rev. Ken Kirkman ‘05, Parochial Vicar at St. Mary’s Church and St. Anthony of Padua Church in Cortland, to celebrate the new semester and kickoff Catholic Schools week on Monday, Jan. 29.
Senior Peer Minister Leader David Gross read the Call to Worship.
“We come together at the beginning of our second semester,” Gross said. “It is good to seek God’s direction and guidance in all that we do throughout these weeks and months ahead of us. Let us continue to focus on “Lifting One Another up” so that each of us can develop into the best version of ourselves.
“Yesterday (Jan. 28) began National Catholic Schools Week,” he added. “As a Catholic Lasallian school, we take great pride in the formation we receive here at Christian Brothers Academy. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed.” At CBA, we receive a holistic education intended to allow us to learn valuable lessons, serve those less fortunate than ourselves, lead through positive decision making, and succeed in developing the skills we need to become productive members of society.
Senior Jake Swanson did the reading. Juniors Chirs Bushnell and Phylicia Latorre were responsible for the general intercessions. The gift bearers were President Brother Joseph Jozwiak; Principal Matt Keough and Assistant Principals Debbie Brillante, Sister Suzanne Dunn, and Mark Person.
The “Jubilee” group, which includes both students and faculty, along with some instrumental and vocal soloists, as well as members of the junior high chorus provided the music for the Mass.
Following communion, Gross discussed a new initiative where each month there will be a dress down day (the first Friday of the month). Students will select a different cause or organization each month. The money raised on the monthly dress down day will go toward the chosen organization.
“One of the jobs Social Justice has in Peer Ministry is to plan the different drives we do throughout the year,” Gross said. “ In the past we have done a Lent drive that has limited us to supporting only one group. This year we hope to extend our service and decided to try something new that gets more people involved and gives more people a voice in our fundraising efforts.”
The first dress down day will be this Friday, Feb. 2. Funds raised will go towards buying supplies that students will being to El Salvador during their winter break trip.
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