Graduation Thoughts from Parents

In the Baptismal Ritual of the Catholic Church, and just before the priest pours the water over the child’s forehead, he stops and says the following to the parents: “Parents, on your part you must make it your constant care to bring this child up in the practice of the faith. See that the Divine life which God gives him grows stronger in his heart. May the Lord bless these parents, for they will be the first teachers of their child in the ways of the faith. May they also be the best of teachers, bearing witness to the faith by what they say and do.”
Below are some yearbook thoughts from the parents of the graduates of my parish school. These parents obviously listened well to those words from their child’s baptism. I am proud of these graduates, but perhaps even more proud of their parents who have lived their faith and made sacrifices of which their children will never know.
“Dear Nicky, you were a prayer we wanted for a long time, and then God blessed us with you. We are so proud of the man you are becoming. You put your heart into everything you do. May your journey in life always bring you blessings.”“Our dearest Robert. We wish you the strength to face any challenge with confidence, to always lead with your heart, yet with wisdom. To keep God as your priority in this new journey, and may you always stop to help someone along the way.”

“Dearest Arielle. When I think of God’s blessings, life’s treasures, I see your face.”

“My son, Delfie. The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.”

“Dear Chesley. We are so humble that God gave us a wonderful child like you.”

“Dear Camille. It fills us with immense pride and joy as you graduate. As you begin this new chapter of your life, always remember God first, and everything else will follow.”

graduationFr. Gerard Gordon