Class of 2013 celebrates Baccalaureate Mass June 1

It is the penultimate event for any senior. On the even of their graduation, Kennedy Catholic seniors and their families gather one more time in prayer for the annual Baccalaureate Mass, concelebrated by Monsignor Thomas Sandi of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.


It is the penultimate event for any senior.  On the eve of their graduation, Kennedy Catholic seniors and their families gather one more time in prayer for the annual Baccalaureate Mass, concelebrated by Monsignor Thomas Sandi of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish.  In addition to the Eucharist, a number of Gaels were also blessed to receive academic and Christian Community Service awards as detailed below.

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Father Vaillancourt spoke of the school’s namesake in his homily.  He noted how John F. Kennedy was the first Catholic President, and how much times have changed since he was in office.  Today, some 25 percent of the Senate is Catholic, along with 35 percent of the House of Representatives.  Even five of the nine Supreme Court Justices are Catholic.

Father Vaillancourt remarked how Kennedy was a practicing Catholic, one who repented before receiving the Eucharist.  When Kennedy became a World War II hero after the sinking of the PT-109, “He said it was his faith that enabled him to save his crew,” Father Vaillancourt said.

That same faith, he said, was found in an Albanian nun who came to be known as Mother Theresa.  That same faith was in Pope John Paul II.

“Jesus is the same today as he will be tomorrow.” Father Vaillancourt said.

He told the gathered seniors how unique they are, and how they have each been given a moment in time to make their mark upon the world.  That choice, he said, comes with responsibility.

“We are free to choose God,” Father Vaillancourt said of the Lord’s Providence. “All are called to live up to Christ’s call for discipleship ”

In an increasingly secular world, he said we must look in the mirror to find God. For the challenge to Catholics, the challenge that is the very mission of the school, is to spread the Good News, even to those unwilling to accept it.

“This is the great challenge of our time,” Father Vaillancourt concluded.


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Members of the class of 2013 have completed over 25,000 hours in such activities as emergency medical squads, fire department volunteers, catechetical programs, nursing homes, hospital volunteers, day care programs, Blood Drives, senior programs, Habitat-for-Humanity, Midnight run, and Special Olympics.  We proudly present certificates to the following students:

250-399 hours
Katherine Bento
Therese Bradbury
Kerri Durkin
Madison Evans
Caitlin Farrell
Christopher Gillen
Jennifer Heintz
Emily Mittelstadt
James Normile
Samantha Rienzi
Cameron Sacchet
Shannon Spillane
Justin Tinger
Victoria Towey

400-699 hours
Maureen A’Hearn
Brandi Belin
Natalie Burke
Amanda Eberle
Edward Lipowiecki
Anthony Visovsky

700 – 999 hours
Gabrielle D’Amato
Mary Espejo
Daniella Gavilanes

1000+ hours
John Davin
Dennis Devey
Anthony Torchia

Certificates of Excellence in Spanish for distinguished participation in the National Spanish Examination are presented as follows: Silver Certificate to Nicholas Morgante; Certificates of Honor to John Davin, David Gomez & Ryan L’Abbate

A Certificate of Membership in the National Art Honor Society is presented to: Brianna O’Reilly

Certificates of Honor for Superior Achievement in the Field of Art are presented to: Rachel Entwistle, Jennifer Heintz & Emily Mittelstadt

The New York State Art Teachers Association awards special recognition for outstanding achievement in the visual arts to: Madison Evans

In the American Mathematics Competition, the First Place winner, who is the top scorer in the AMC-12 competition, is: Ryan L’Abbate

The University of Alabama awards a Presidential Scholarship for Scholastic Excellence and Personal Achievement to: Brendan Clair

A certificate of Special Congressional Recognition from Nita M. Lowey, Member of Congress is presented to: John Davin




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