By Lois Rogers, Correspondent
The Notre Dame High School Class of 2017 marked the milestone of their graduation much the same way as they began it four years ago: with prayer, gratitude and a keen sense of expectation about the educational adventure to come.
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Ceremonies began with a Baccalaureate Mass celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell C.M., June 10, which saw the Lawrenceville landmarks’s 1,400-seat auditorium full to overflowing.
The 351 graduates in their blue and white caps and gowns shared the space with their parents and other close family members, their teachers, administrators and friends. On June 11, this time with thousands of relatives and members of the community-at-large, the school Community came together again for a graduation ceremony in Trenton’s Sun National Bank Center.
The young people – who have been awarded nearly $60 million in scholarships – participated actively in the Mass as readers, altar servers, Extraordinary Ministers of the Holy Eucharist.
In his homily, Bishop O’Connell noted the commitment to Catholic belief nurtured at home and in school and urged the class to continue to make their faith the linchpin of their lives.
Speaking directly to the students on the vigil of the Solmenity of Holy Trinity, the Bishop encouraged them to be true witnesses to Catholic teaching as it is expressed in the “central mystery of our faith: that the God to whom we pray and direct prayer is Father, Son, Spirit … one God but three persons, a Holy, Blessed Trinity.”
Notre Dame High School, the Bishop said, conveyed that faith to the students throughout their four years there. Now, said the Bishop, “you are being promoted to a new chapter, a new place in your life, a new awareness of the mysteries and you take your faith with you. Trust me, he said, sometimes your life won’t make any sense without it.”
Class president Zachary C. Schaber talked of making “amazing friendships for life.” Schaber called the atmosphere so rewarding that he focused on finding a college with the “same tight knit environment.”