This weekend we will have a Mass and meal for the High School Graduates at Precious Blood. The tradition has gone on for years and is a way for us to honor our parishioners who are going to begin a new stage in their lives. Some will go to college; some may stay here in the area and begin work and maybe even a family; others may learn a trade; while some may decide on a life in the armed services; and some may be discerning a vocation to Priesthood or Religious Life.
This year has been unique, and many traditions have changed. Our hope is that our efforts to recognize and honor them will bring joy to each of them,. The future is ahead and filled with many different opportunities. I encourage each one to become the best version of themself and that is an authentic one, the being that God created you to be. You have certainly faced challenges already in your life and have demonstrated you have great strength.
To the parents of the graduates, teachers and all who helped educate and form these young people, I thank you from the depths of my heart and soul. The graduates this year are filled with talent and skill. They demonstrate good manners and etiquette. Several of them assist around the Altar in various ministries. We have encouraged them to get involved in their parish. We have empowered them to make a difference and they have!
We are so proud of each one of our graduates. Please join me and pray for them. Graduates keep striving, never and I mean never, accept mediocrity. Bloom where, (God) life plants you and make the most of the life given to you.
Also, this weekend Jacob Barth and Abbey Armstrong will receive the St. Maria Goretti Award. The purpose of the Goretti award is to recognize adolescents for their contribution to the life, mission, and ministry provided to their family, parish, school, and community.
The Maria Goretti Youth Award Ceremony was canceled this year and it was encouraged to celebrate the recipients at the Parish level. It was strongly recommended that those nominated be active in both religious education classes and the parish youth ministry program. Our Youth ministry program, Bosco, is a joint effort between the four area parishes. It is named after another Saint, St. John Bosco, who dedicated his life to the care, dignity and formation of the youth.
The Goretti Award recognizes the youth’s involvement in many aspects of life including family, parish, community, and school. This honor recognizes the young person’s service, leadership, and involvement in our Catholic community.
Please join me and congratulate all our High School Graduates, who are fine young men and ladies, and their families. Your Parish Family is proud of you and gives thanks for the service you continue to give to Precious Blood, the Church and our local community.