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Class of 2016 celebrates Mass with archbishop

SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral is Downtown Indianapolis was full of students from the Class of 2016 from the archdiocese high schools, as well as from independent Catholic high schools.

Scecina's seniors attended the Mass along Principal John Hegarty (right, front row) and other seniors from Indianapolis' Catholic high schools. Archbishop Tobin implored the students to "be  a gift to your schools. Be a gift to your family."

By Beth Murphy

Scecina’s seniors carried on an Indiana church tradition when they attended the Annual Archdiocesan High School Senior Mass, celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph W. Tobin, the archbishop of Indianapolis. SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Downtown Indianapolis was full of the young people from Indianapolis’ Catholic high schools’ Class of 2016 singing and celebrating the Eucharist and their faith. The Mass took place on Wednesday, Dec. 2.

Scecina’s seniors thought it was quite meaningful to worship together in the majestic setting along with their cohorts from the other Catholic schools.

“I really liked it,” said Christa Ewing. “I know some of these people or have seen them from the other schools, but we’ve never been together like this.”

“I think we should all graduate together!” exclaimed Emura Paschall, who really enjoyed coming together as one with the archdiocese’s Class of 2016.

The archbishop started his homily by telling the group that he had something “outrageous” to share with them.

“Let me share something really outrageous. You, the Class of 2016, and I grew up together,” he said.

Despite the obvious age difference, he explained that what he meant was that he started his work as leader of the Indianapolis Catholic Church the same year that the members of the Class of 2016 were beginning their high school lives as freshmen.

“I don’t know about you, but I’ve learned a lot of stuff. I’ve learned that the word ‘Hoosier’ is a good thing,” joked the archbishop, who is a native of Michigan.

He also said he wondered when he first came to Indianapolis why the Senior Mass was held in December, several months before the class would actually graduate from high school. Now, he said, that makes sense to him as we celebrate Advent in December and the “joyous anticipation of the coming of the Lord.”

“It’s like the beginning of your birthday, six months in advance!”

The archbishop ended his homily by telling the students: “Be a gift to your school. Be a gift to your family. And be a gift to your faith.”

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