Article by Phoenix writer Elizabeth Mooney ’22:
On Sunday, September 19, Kellenberg Memorial hosted a Mass and brunch in celebration of Grandparents Day, with both the Junior and Senior class sharing in this day’s festivities. The event is now becoming a time-honored KMHS tradition. This meaningful occasion commenced with a Mass in the auditorium officiated by Fr. Daniel Griffin, S.M. and accompanied by Fr. Albert Bertoni, S.M.
Fr. Dan’s deeply personal homily included a tribute to his grandmother and was extremely moving. He spoke lovingly about his grandmother whom he lost due to COVID early in 2020. Fr. Dan’s grandmother wrote the family a letter talking about how to respect our grandparents and to respect family as the elders are role models to all.
Our Senior Eucharistic Ministers were there to lead the opening procession and assist in administering the sacrament of Holy Communion. Bro. Michael Gillen, S.M. and Brother Patrick Cahill, S.M. were present along with many other KMHS faculty at this beloved event.
Following Mass our Juniors and Seniors along with their grandparents were escorted to the cafeteria for a light brunch with a delightful array of bagels, crumb cake, coffee and juice. The students were able to share this very special meal time with their grandparents, and proudly show them their school.
Mr. Brennan and our SALT volunteers were on hand to serve the brunch boxes and to assist the attendees in clearing their tables.
Senior Marc Cannella, who is a Eucharistic Minister, thoroughly enjoyed the event, saying “It was a really beautiful experience to be able to bring your grandparents to the school to have mass and show them how Kellenberg has affected you spiritually.”