Seniors at Gross Catholic are finishing up their last few days of high school. It is a bitter-sweet time for them because they are feeling nostalgic about leaving the Land of the Cougars, but are anticipating many adventures as they move into the next stage of their lives.
While we at Gross Catholic have been trying to ready them for adulthood since they walked through our doors as freshmen, what are we doing now as “crunch time” ensues?
Although academic and social growth will surely continue as our students enter college, the workforce, and beyond, one might wonder about their faith life? Our prayer at Gross Catholic is that our students’ faith life will not only continue, but that it will thrive as they move into the “real world.”
Senior Theology students have recently been working on their final project which looks back at their faith formation, where they are now with Jesus and the Catholic Church, and how they will continue to strengthen and enrich that relationship as they move on to the next stage of their lives. These students have researched where they can attend Mass and serve others if they are leaving home for college. They have also recently looked at the sacrament of marriage and the true definition of love, which St. Thomas Aquinas defines as “willing the good of the other.”
Theology teacher, Mrs. Tracey Brousek, has been working all year to ready our soon-to-be-alums for the challenges that lie ahead of them. She explains, “Having a moral compass is so important. Our students are so fortunate to attend a school where the practice of treating everyone with authentic human dignity is the model for citizenship. As students venture out into the world, we want to help them understand how they can impact our future by using their God-given gifts and talents to support our community. Helping students cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus and Mary, and then establishing ways to act upon it, is at the core of what we do.”
Additionally, senior Olivia Watson shares, “I have grown as a leader since freshman year by not being afraid to give my opinions and speak my voice, and I will carry that with me my whole life.”
We at Gross Catholic are very proud of the Class of 2017, and we will continue to pray for them as the leave the Cougar den.