On Friday evening, May 5, we gathered one last time as campus family for a meal in Carlin Hall (at the Church downtown), before coming together to celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at the Campus Religious Center. Seven of our graduates were able to join us. As they have done during their years with us, they served each other, and their families, as lectors, Eucharistic ministers, and gift bearers. Father Paul, the pastor of Holy Redeemer, and Father Matt, the Chaplain at SMSU, concelebrated, so the students were able to spend this final Mass with both of the priests who have served here.
Dr. Dwight Watson, Provost and Vice-President of Student and Academic Affairs, started us off with a message from the school, challenging the students to take what they learned and experienced here out in to the world with them, to make the world a better place. During his homily, Father reminded the graduates to rely on the Lord to prepare for what lies before them. Our paths are not always what we expect. For our communion meditation, we watched a presentation about the graduates, their future plans and what the CRC has meant to them during their time at SMSU. After the Mass concluded, we had an opportunity for fellowship in the gathering space before everyone went home to prepare for commencement the next morning.
It has been a beautiful year together. Our prayers go with them as they go forth from here, to do as the Lord has called them to do.