First Days of School

September 3 & 4, 2019
Another school year has begun at 1127 Dewey Avenue.

On Tuesday, September 3, Aquinas' 6th, 7th and 9th graders and their families, joined faculty and staff for a mass to welcome them to the new school year before heading off to classes. Father Mannara, CSB '81 prayed a blessing over both the students and the parents who attended the morning mass.

All students in grades 6-12 were in attendance on Wednesday, September 4. 

Blessing of 6th, 7th and 9th graders
Loving God, we ask your blessing upon these students this day. You have gifted each one of them in a special way.

May they come to know their giftedness as they discover your living and active presence in their lives.

Be with them as they grow in their faith and discern your call in their lives.

Bless their openness and enthusiasm and allow their questions to both enliven and challenge us. Strengthen and support the good works that they do.

Guide and sustain them along the exciting journey that awaits them.

We ask this blessing upon each of them, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.


Blessing of the Parents

Creator God, We ask You, the source and sustainer of all life, to bless these parents in the role you have set before them.

Gift them with the wisdom to speak the truth so it can be heard and with the sensitivity to listen to the spoken as well as unspoken needs of their children.

Gift them with a steadfast faith that shows your intimate presence in their life. Gift them with patience and understanding to handle the changing needs and demands that are placed before them each day.

Grace them with the eagerness to seek out, to reconcile and to console during times of conflict and pain. Be with them each day as they continue to witness your steadfast love and compassion to their children.
We ask this blessing upon each of them, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.


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