Ateneo Grade School Batch 2010 Memento

After the Thanksgiving Mass at the Blue Eagle Gym last March 19, school officials, parent representatives, Grade 7 students, and their parents, proceeded to the Chapel of the Holy Guardian Angels for the blessing of Batch 2010's memento. According to Fr. Kit Bautista, SJ, Headmaster of the Ateneo Grade School, it has been a tradition of each graduating batch to leave something behind to remember their grade school days by.

For Batch 2010, the memento was two stained glass windows at the chapel. One showed Jesus and Mary with three Jesuit saints: Berchmans, Kostka, and Gonzaga. Ateneo Grade School Chaplain (my son says Fr. Unson has been the Chaplain since my son's Prep Days - wow!), Fr. Unson, SJ, quizzed the boys about the background of the three saints so the boys can earn their merienda. The other window showed Jesus with little children and the lyrics from the song Day by Day, from the musical Godspell. Before there was the musical, however, Fr. Unson mentioned that these words were part of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

"...See You more clearly. Love You more dearly. Follow You more nearly...Day by day..."

Fr. Unson also talked about what a saint was. Looking at the stained glass window, he said that a child once defined a saint as someone who makes the light shine through.

It is my prayer then that each graduate from Batch 2010 of the Ateneo Grade School will strive to be a saint. That as they go through life, they will make God's light shine through as they touch the lives of people around them. May their individual lives be a fitting memento showcasing God's goodness and faithfulness.

Our congratulations to Batch 2010 of the Ateneo Grade School!

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[By Angelica Viloria | Sunday, March 21, 2010]

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