The CBA student body, staff and faculty joined Rev. Richard Zanoni, SJ, Minister of Service at St. Andrew’s Hall (the Jesuit Novitiate, located near the Le Moyne College campus) to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit in the Lynch Gymnasium on Wednesday, Sept. 20.
The Mass was the first of the new school year for the student body.
The Peer Ministers, led by student coordinators and seniors Bridget Fallon and David Gross wore steel blue t-shirts that read, “Lift Each Other Up”, and introduced this year’s theme.
“Our theme for the year is “Lift each other up” based upon I Thessalonians 5:11:,” said Fallon. “Encourage one another and lift one another up. It is critical that we remember throughout the year the importance of speaking to one another with encouraging words. It is very easy to get down on ourselves, to have a bad day, and to lose confidence. Our words have power and we want to ensure that they are positive and uplifting, helping all to feel empowered to do their best.”
Many students participated in Mass including senior Alessandra Sommers and junior Chris Bushnell, who did the readings, and senior Claire Carpenter, who delivered the general intercessions. Gift bearers included: seniors Grace O’Connor and Jake Swanson; junior Tommy Caputo and sophomore Janelle Little.
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. Junior violinist Natalie Stopyra performed the Communion Song “Aria.”
Brothers Joseph Jozwiak and Gabe Fiumano renewed their vows, as well as Sisters Suzanne Dunn and Maryann Argus. Principal Matt Keough commissioned the senior class. The seniors were seated with their seventh grade buddy at Mass.
Following Mass, students in National Honor Society, Student Senate and Campus Ministry discussed a fundraising initiative that will take place during Homecoming Week next week, which will benefit the Lasallian Sisters whose home, school and chapel were flooded and ruined in Houston, TX due to the recent Hurricane. The Sisters, who are affiliated with the Christian Brothers and follow the same mission, originated in Southeast Asia and are located in several states in the U.S.
Beginning on Monday, eight jugs with teachers’ names on them will be placed outside the main office. The teachers were all willing to participate. Students will then donate money in the jug of the teacher they would like to see participate in a floor scooter competition with students (Hungry Hippo) during the pep assembly next Friday. The four teacher jugs with the most money in them will be chosen to compete. Money collected will benefit the Lasallian Sisters.
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