The message of the cross was shared by Father Roger Madrazo with those gathered at St. Francis de Sales School’s Opening Mass on September 14. Father Roger told his audience that the triumph of the cross is still with us today, and that the cross has as much power as it did when Jesus hung upon it.
Recognized as a symbol of our faith, many people wear a cross around their necks, and Christians are known to make the sign of the cross while at religious gatherings.
But for those who’ve been in the faith long enough, it is more than a symbol.
“The cross is so much a part of our lives, but we sometimes forget its healing power,” Father Roger pointed out. “Remember when you look at the cross, Jesus came down from heaven and accepted death on the cross, so he could be raised up for us to look upon and be saved. That’s the triumph of the cross, that’s our salvation, and that’s how the world was redeemed.”
The school choir sang a selection under the direction of Ronan Sarmiento before Principal Josephine Kumar addressed the student body. She acknowledged the presence of Claudette Rolle, director of Catholic Education; Felamease Sawyer from the Dept. of Education; Joan Hutchinson, supervisor for all guidance counselors in the Catholic School System; Principal Evelyn Major along with her staff members and students; and parents.
Mrs. Kumar said it was a blessed day, and she was pleased that Ms. Rolle was in attendance for the first time in all of their opening masses. Ms. Rolle also visited the campus of Every Child Counts. Kumar thanked Father Roger for a good message that set the tone for the school year as well as her staff and students for a wonderful job of putting the program together.
In her remarks, Ms. Rolle commended the students on their participation in the mass and was impressed with the commentators, readers and the choir.
“You made my heart glad. You did an awesome job, and I have to find a way to get my New Providence and Grand Bahama people to hear the premiere choir in the Catholic School System – St. Francis de Sales,” Ms. Rolle said.
She added that there are several initiatives for the year, which she would share as she visited each classroom. Ms. Rolle said this year’s theme is to “Be a Living Witness,” which can happen when they raise the standards of Catholic schools by being a living witness.
“Instead of talking religion, we are going to walk religion.”
She admonished them to follow the Scripture that was cited in their reflection during the service. In Micah 6:8, we are called to “Do the right, love goodness; and walk humbly.”