Farewell to our St. Agatha Catholic School Class of 2016
Fr. Marcos, the St. Agatha Faculty & Staff and I are very proud of the Class of 2016.
Our St. Agatha pride is rooted in our school motto: Christ-centered, academic excellence.
These St. Agatha School graduates are the product of many people who believed in Christ -centered, academic excellence. I am truly thankful for the people who have labored endlessly for the academic, social, emotional, physical and most importantly spiritual development of each graduate before us today. These individuals were not motivated by reward or personal acclamation, rather by a commitment to educate these graduates and serve as model of faith.
First, I am thankful for Fr. Marcos who has provided the spiritual foundation of St. Agatha School by being a model of faith in our community. He has stated many times St. Agatha School is God's place, not ours. Fr. Marcos thank you for supporting every project aimed at the spiritual development of our students, faculty and staff.
Secondly, I am thankful for the parents who not only sought academic excellence, but sought a Christ - centered education. You have given your children a Catholic education because you affirmed that your child's spiritual development was primary. You have given your children the greatest gift: the gift of faith. You trusted our faculty and staff to help you in this endeavor.
Lastly, I am thankful for the St. Agatha Faculty & Staff. I can truly say that I witness on a daily basis a group of people who work tirelessly to form your children academically and spiritually. I am certain that from PK teachers like Ms. Diaz, to primary teachers like Ms. Lobaina, to intermediate teachers like Ms. Hiriart, to MS teachers like Ms. Delgado, to ESE teachers like Ms. Pagan, to the Special Area teachers like Mr. Bornot, to the teacher assistants, to Dr. Blanco, to the cafeteria, maintenance and the office staff all of these people cared for each graduate over many years.
Graduates, when you thought we weren't looking, we were looking and caring for you. We saw when you felt disappointed because of a bad grade or a detention or a fight with a friend or a divorce or a loss of grandparent. Behind closed doors, we spoke of you and thought of ways to help you face your challenges to become the strong person you are today. We saw when you were proud to get a good grade, help a friend, make a team , win an award, walk the runway at fashion show or do your service hours in our community. Behind closed doors, we admired your accomplishments and new God would use you to bring good to our world.
When I look at the 2016 graduating class, I see the product of Christ-centered, academic excellence. It is true. St. Agatha is God's place. I am thankful that God brought us together here to achieve His plan.
Before we conclude this ceremony: I want to remind the graduates that St. Agatha is your school and parish. We will always be your home. As you go off into the big world, remember where you came from and the values you learned here. Today you have become St. Agatha Alumni. We are proud of you and we know that you will represent St. Agatha School well.
My last wish for you is that you stay close to God and that you remember that you received the Holy Spirit this year in Confirmation.
I pray that the Holy Spirit STRENGTHENS you with four specific qualities stated in this anonymous quote:
May you have
"....eyes that see the best,
a heart that forgives the worst,
a mind that forgets the bad and
a soul that never loses faith".
Congratulations to the Class of 2016!!!!!
Patricia S. Hernandez