Congratulations to all those who have or will graduate this spring from Graduate Programs, College, High School & Grade School. A special word of thanks and gratitude for our eighth-grade class this year at St. Gabriel the Archangel; may the good Lord and the gift of his Holy Spirit guide and protect you as you progress through life.
A graduation marks a wonderful accomplishment, a passage of life, and a gateway to the rest of our lives. May the knowledge you have received not be reserved just for yourself, but may it be a source of wisdom and guidance to all humankind.
Also, a special welcome home to all of our college students; I pray that this past academic year was a year of growth in both understanding and of wisdom. May God bless you, guide and protect you this summer and as you proceed through life.
My prayer and wishes for all our graduates:
While graduating classes may come and go, O almighty God, only you know all the graduates by name and have been with them their every step. Gracious and loving God, let us celebrate the gift of these young men and women and also give thanks for all the blessings you have showered upon them in their lives. The abilities to reason, to learn and to remember all demonstrate your creative genius and love for humankind. You have given to these graduates mental gifts and the physical health to achieve the goal they have reached and have blessed their efforts with success. The personal care you have shown these men and women in their parents, families, teachers and classmates is another blessing that makes them think of you with heartfelt appreciation. O God hear our prayer for these graduates watch over them guide them and protect them as they continue to grow and mature in your image. Amen.
Msgr. John Shamleffer