||January 23, 2012 • VOL. 50, NO. 2 • Oakland, CA|
Moreau Catholic High School photosMoreau Catholic
Students at Moreau Catholic High School in Hayward have
a new place to reflect and pray. The school community celebrated the completion
of the new Grotto to Our Lady on Dec. 8 during the Feast of the Immaculate
Conception of Mary.
The Rev. Tito Bonoan, school chaplain, blessed the grotto in front of a gathering that included the entire student body, faculty, staff, board members and parent representatives.
The design echoes the grottos at Lourdes, France, and the University of Notre Dame in Indiana. Natural stone, rock, water and floral elements are included in the design. The grotto includes 14 steps on the stone wall representing the 14 Stations of the Cross. On the wall, 12 candleholders represent the 12 apostles of Jesus. At the foot of Mary, a cross is embedded in concrete.
The addition was made possible by hundreds of students who participated in the annual student fundraiser, and by gifts from parents, alumni, alumni parents and friends. Arturo Hernandez of Hernandez Landscaping helped design and plan for this long-awaited renovation of the Marian statue that has graced the corner of the school’s Festival area for 30 years.
Moreau Catholic President Terry Lee thanked the students for their contributions to this project, their devotion to the Blessed Mother, and their desire for more spiritual and reflective spaces on campus. “This is your Grotto, a place for you to gather individually and collectively, with your class or team or club, to pray, reflect, and enjoy this beautiful new addition to our campus,” Lee said.
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