Friday, June 13, 2014 was the Graduation Day for 17 students of the St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It was a greatly anticipated event for them. Dressed in graduations gowns they were greeted by the pastor of St. Stanislaus Kostka Fr. Marek Sobczak, at the door of the church and they processed to the altar. The ceremony started with the Mass of thanksgiving for graces received during years of study and with pleas for graces and God’s blessings for the future. Father Marek Sobczak was the celebrant of the mass.
Members of the Board of Directors of the Academy, faculty and staff, parents and guest, children’s choir and schoolmates participated in the Mass. Students read the Scripture, general intersession prayers and brought gifts to the altar. “The Star-Spangled Banner” has begun the second part of the evening. Father Marek Sobczak CM, Principal Mrs. Christina Cieloszczyk, and 8 grade teacher Ms Stephanie Duggan presided during the graduation exercises and presented graduates their diplomas and awards.
Many students received special awards from different schools, organizations or private founders. A few students received full four years scholarships from different high schools, as well as partial scholarships. Many were accepted to prestigious schools. The total scholarship our students received from different high schools was over $640,000!!!! Such a huge sum for such a small class! Congratulations !! You are great!
At the end, graduates recited their pledge and the group photos were taken. Our congratulation and best wishes to the all!
We thank all the parents who entrusted their children to the teachers of St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic Academy. They made a great decision because their children are well prepared for a new educational steps.
Part of Fr. Marek’s address to the Class 2014.
Let me begin by first expressing my congratulations to our graduates, the SSK of 2014. Also, congratulations to your teachers, your parents, Mrs. Principal and all who got you to this point in your life! Each of you have labored hard, each in your own way, to reach this moment in your lives which we now seek to commemorate in a fitting way in this liturgy.
Graduation is a time of transition. It is an ending and a beginning. With this celebration this evening, you end your elementary school education. You will all go your separate ways to pursue your different goals. Many of you will be going different ways and you may not see some of your present classmates again – at least on a regular basis. As you go through this graduation ceremony, these feelings will hit you. Some will be sad, some will be happy, some will hold it all in.
Tonight I want to give you a small special advise – stay always with God and he will always help you to find joy and happiness in your life.
Interview with God…
Imaging that it is you who ask God many questions. One of them is
what are some of life’s lessons you want me to learn?"
God replied with a smile:
"To learn that you cannot make anyone love you. What you can do is to let yourself be loved.
To learn that what is most valuable is not what you have in you life, but who you have in your life.
To learn that it is not good to compare yourself to others. All will be judged individually on their own merits, not as a group on a comparison basis!
To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most, but is one who needs the least.
To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in persons we love, and that it takes many years to heal them.
To learn to forgive by practicing forgiveness.
To learn that there are persons that love you dearly, but simply do not know how to express or show their feelings.
To learn that money can buy everything but happiness.
To learn that two people can look at the same thing and see it totally differently.
To learn that a true friend is someone who knows everything about you…and likes you anyway.
To learn that it is not always enough that you be forgiven by others, but that you have to forgive yourself."
God added – do not afraid to ask me anything, anytime. I’m here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is ask for me, and I’ll answer."
Tonight MF, I ask you to pay attention to what God wants us to do. Everything around you is not meant to be remembered. The math, the science, the English and all the other subjects are not meant to be remembered as much as who we are. And we are God’s children…
People will forget what you said.
People will forget what you did,
but people will never forget
how you made them feel.
So as you go to your new schools always remember that you are God’s children. Take the fine education you have received here at SSK and make us proud. Make your parents proud as you continue to shine the light that SSKCA gave you. But first of all, live the way God wants us to live and make people feel happy.
Remember, SSKCA will always be your home. Each of you will certainly be missed next year by each of us. And remember, with God at your side, all your dreams can come true! May God bless each and every one of you on this your graduation day.