St. Joseph’s Academy celebrated the annual Unity Mass on February 9. Father Albert Blount, parochial vicar at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Prairieville, was the presider. The Eucharistic celebration was held in the Academy Student Center.
Junior Estelle LeBoeuf welcomed the large gathering. “The central charism of the Congregation of St. Joseph is ‘That All May Be One,’” she said. “This charism does not express a desire to make everyone the same; rather, it is about celebrating the many gifts we have in our diversity and bringing all of those gifts together in serving the dear neighbor. Our common bond is that we are all children of God, equally loved by our Creator and deserving of equal love from one another.”
LeBoeuf led the assembly in praying the Diocesan Prayer for Racial Harmony. Freshman Evie Martinez read from the first letter of Paul to the Corinthians.
Prayers of the faithful were offered in 12 languages representative of the SJA community. Participating students and the languages spoken were senior Kristian Reed, English; junior Mary Nguyen, Vietnamese; freshman Grace Courville, Tagalog; senior Brynn Arena, German; senior Noora Alhorr, Arabic; junior Sofia Hodgson, Spanish; junior Soo Park, Korean; junior Charlotte Alexander, American Sign Language; junior Kenzie Stentiford, Mandarin; sophomore Isabella DuBos, Latin; senior Serly Kobrossi, Italian; senior Celine Chanakian, Armenian; junior Audrey Elliott, French; and senior Neila Stone, Romanian. Junior Grace Nelson interpreted the Lord’s Prayer in American Sign Language.
Danielle Baird directed the Liturgy Choir. Cantors were seniors Julie Mistric, Kelsey Martin and Clara Cole, junior Sofia Hodgson and sophomore Grace Buras.
Members of the Praise and Worship Band also lent their musical gifts to the celebration. Vocalists were senior Anna Crasto, junior Gianna Lavastida and freshman Olivia Duncan-Ali. Senior Callie Suadi played the drums, Aimee Urdiales and Danielle Laird were the pianists and Hugo Andricain played the guitar.
After mass, Campus Minister Jade Spears shared activities planned during the Lenten season, including Stations of the Cross, Rosary and Bible study during lunch.
Principal Stacia Andricain congratulated senior Anna Guidroz, who moved from semifinalist to finalist standing in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
Senior Kelsey Martin closed the gathering by leading the singing of the alma mater.
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Photos by Sara Rounds