Article by Phoenix writer Cristina Palmieri ’25:
On Thursday, January 27, Father Lachlan Cameron came to Kellenberg to celebrate our annual Mass in honor of our Founders: Blessed Adele de Batz de Tranquelleon, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade, and Brother Joseph C. Fox. Father Lachlan, who works with Bishop Barres in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, told the story of how when the Bishop came to celebrate Mass on the Immaculate Conception, Fr. Tom asked Father Lachlan if he would like to return to celebrate Mass in January. Father Lachlan said he was excited to celebrate Mass with the student body because he sees the faith alive at Kellenberg.
The Gospel reading was the well-known story of the Wedding Feast at Cana, when Mary says “Do whatever He tells you.” In this story, Jesus uses the gifts that God gave to Him so that he could perform his first miracle. During the homily, Father Lachlan compared our God-given gifts, to a bagpipe he once had, saying that in order to achieve the goal we desire we must put our gifts to use. God wants to see His creation in its fullest form. Mr. O’Brien expressed his interpretation, saying, “I think Father Lachlan reminded students about all the gifts they possess whether it is service, arts, athletics, and how they can use it to better themselves, and ultimately their faith lives.” What we should take from this is that even if we have passion for something (or lack thereof) God may not have it in his plan for us.
Father Daniel Griffin, S.M. celebrated Mass for the Latin School, Juniors, and Seniors. Father Dan’s homily inspired and strengthened Latin Schoolers’ faith by teaching them about Blessed Chaminade’s work. His bravery and trust helped keep the Word of God alive. “It’s cool to see how Blessed Chaminade’s influence has lasted so many years,” says Antonio Palmieri, a sixth grade student. Overall, our celebration of our founders and of God’s graciousness was motivating for many students.