05 Mar 2021

CHS Hosts Racial Harmony Mass

As part of our efforts to create a sanctuary for every student at Catholic High School, our school community participated in a Mass focusing on the important aspect of Racial Harmony. Principal Lisa Harvey opened the Mass by giving thanks to the school community – students, faculty, administrators, and parents – for the ways in which everyone has come together to promote diversity and inclusion. During her remarks, Mrs. Harvey called upon the congregation to offer prayers of petition for the work that still lies ahead for us to ensure a harmonious environment for students of all races and backgrounds.

Fr. Michael Alello ’98 served as celebrant and shared a homily built around two personal stories. The first was about several of his classmates choosing to wear white shirts as a protest for a Mass on race relations when he was a senior in high school. The second was about the challenge of merging two diverse parishes together in his most recent assignment.

The intercessory prayers utilized quotes from a recent U.S. Bishops pastoral letter on racism – Open Wide Our Hearts, 2018 — members of Catholic High School’s African American Affinity group read these prayers.

As Mass concluded, CHS President Gene Tullier shared poignant remarks about a statement on Racial Harmony released by the CHS Board of Directors last year.

Catholic High School is about much more than getting a good education. What we want is to build a better world. We want to create God’s kingdom here. We want you to be formed as young men who can go forth with the cultural and spiritual confidence needed to thrive in a world that is very diverse, that is very challenging, that has hurt, that has disunity and tension. We want you to go out into that world and make the world a better place,” Tullier said.

In addition to offering moving insights on the statement, Tullier summarized elements of the action plan, specifically pointing out the formation of an advisory committee charged with addressing the matter and involving the school community in constant ongoing discussions. Tullier took the opportunity to introduce committee members to the congregation.

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