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placeholder September 19, 2011   •   VOL. 49, NO. 16   •   Oakland, CA
Mass acknowledges school leaders

At the end of this school year, seniors at the nine Catholic high schools in the Diocese of Oakland will have many opportunities to celebrate one of life’s milestones as they graduate from high school.

Rite of Passage Mass

When: 10:30 a.m. Oct. 4

Where: Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland

For: Catholic High School seniors, families, friends
But before they do that, administrators and leaders of those schools, along with Diocesan Youth Ministry Director Patti Collyer, want to be sure that a milestone along the way is not missed.

To that end, seniors at the Catholic High Schools have been invited to attend a Rite of Passage Mass, to acknowledge them, and commission them, as the leaders of their schools. The Mass, at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, will be celebrated by Father George Mockel, vicar general of the Diocese of Oakland.

“I come from a perspective that we don’t have enough of those formal experiences — to celebrate milestones, take stock of achievements,” said Jean Kuznik, assistant principal of student life at St. Joseph Notre Dame High School in Alameda.

Kuznik said the school’s 98 seniors will attend the Mass. Some schools may choose to send only campus leaders.

“Because each of the schools does service, we have added that,” she said.

The service will take the form of what Collyer is calling an “extreme drive.” The students will bring hats, socks and gloves — items of clothing to cover the extremities — to the Mass at the Cathedral. They will be collected and distributed to the poor under the supervision of students at De La Salle High School in Concord.

Each school has been asked to take part in organizing the event. Liturgy planning is being coordinated by Salesian High School, where Adrian Fulay is part of the campus ministry.

In planning the liturgy, the focus has been on involving the talents of students from many schools, in various roles, including as readers, singers and acolytes.

Fulay said he looks forward to the coming together of the students. “We’re all Catholic high schools of the diocese,” Fulay said. “Having the Mass at the Cathedral gives the sense we are part of the bigger family we call the diocese.”

With the focus on the seniors, “all the schools are working together,” he said.

Fulay noted there had been a gathering of Catholic school students a few years ago, toward the end of Catholic Schools Week, which is usually the last week of January. After a prayer service, students broke into small groups and performed service around the diocese.

“This is the first time we’ve focused on a class (seniors),” Fulay said. “It’s early enough in the year to put the rest of the year in context.”

It is a year of leadership and, ultimately, transition for the high school seniors. A celebration such as this one, Fulay said, offers the opportunity to “bless our students on their journey.”

“This is a time of transition, time for excellence,” he said. “We ask for God’s blessing on all of this.”

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