Opening School Mass Celebrated by Alumnus Fr. Ryan Saunders
Kristin Hanke

At Cardinal Gibbons, it is a blessing to live our faith as we worship together each month. After more than a year of hybrid and virtual instruction, this blessing was amplified Wednesday, August 25, when students, faculty, staff, and administrators joined CGHS alumnus Fr. Ryan Saunders, Class of 2002, in the gym for the first school Masses of the 2021-22 school year. 

Following CGHS tradition, members of athletic teams and school clubs marked the occasion by selecting items to represent their God-given gifts, processing in, and placing the items in front of the altar. Running shoes (Cross Country), a plant (Bio Club), a graduation cap (Career Club), and a calculator (Mu Alpha Theta) were among the many symbols chosen. Items remained in place for both Masses, which were held back-to-back to allow for greater distancing. 

As we look forward to celebrating the liturgy as one campus community in the future, we are thankful for the continued support of Fr. Saunders and all who gave of their time and talents to organize this prayerful start to the school year on the feast day of St. Joseph Calasanz, the patron saint of the Piarist oder, one of our two founding orders of Cardinal Gibbons.