Grandparents hold special place in teens’ hearts

By Sean Hightower, Contributing writer

How often do grandparents have the opportunity to experience the daily lives of their grandchildren?  

On Oct. 12, the grandparents of more than half of St. Paul’s students immersed themselves in the unique lives of their grandsons during Grandparents’ Day.

An hour-long ceremony celebrating their relationship included a unique prayer service; a speech by Christian Brother Ray Bulliard, St. Paul’s president; and a performance by the liturgical band in the Briggs Center.

Campus minister Jeff Ramon, class of ’08, called everyone to worship and students sang “Rise Up, O Men of God” to show their grandparents their commitment to serving God’s people. 

The congregation joined in the opening prayer – a call  to Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus – to guide grandparents through their example. Following this was a reading from 1 Corinthians 13:1-7, 11-13 about love, read by senior Jacob Eilers. 

The band led the responsorial psalm, and senior  Christopher Wallace gave a memorable reflection describing how important his grandparents have been in his life. This led to the Prayers of Intercession, which were read by brothers Daniel ’22 and Thomas Bitterwolf  ’21. A closing prayer and song, “This Little Light of Mine,” concluded the event.

After the prayer service, Brother Ray reiterated St. Paul’s mission statement, outlining the school’s strong academic, athletic and extracurricular activities in a safe and disciplined environment and the commitment of students to live out the Gospel values of Jesus. Brother Ray asked students to explain to their grandparents how that mission statement is lived at St. Paul’s.

The students then led their grandparents to their classrooms, where teachers shared more about the Lasallian education they provide the boys in Covington. Grandparents Day 2018, as in past years, was sponsored by St. Paul’s Mothers’ Club.

Sean Hightower is a senior at St. Paul’s School in Covington.

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