Last June 21, 2021, Marist School celebrated a virtual Baccalaureate Mass for the completers and graduates for the school year 2020-2021 which was presided by Rev. Fr. Phil Estrella, OMI.

During the homily, Fr. Estrella congratulated graduates, completers, parents, and the Marist community.

“First and foremost, I would like to congratulate the students who are with us today, the parents, the families, the faculty, and the administrators,” he said. 

Fr. Estrella then spoke of three words that came into his mind when he came in, namely, persistence, perseverance, and creativity. 

“Persistence and perseverance, because you did not allow this COVID season to defeat you and you responded [to it] with creativity. In every way, you became creative,” Fr. Estrella shared. 

The mass presider also emphasized the need to clarify the Gospel because it is often misunderstood. He noted the verse where Jesus said “love one another” and “love your enemies.” His reason was that it was originally written in Greek and now it is being read in English. 

“There is a very big difference in understanding love [in English and Greek]. In English there is only one definition of love [while] in Greek there are many,“ Fr. Estrella said. 

The Baccalaureate Mass is a part of this school year’s year-end ceremonies. The 48th Grade 12 Graduation Ceremony and 6th Grade 10 Completion Ceremony are to take place on June 24, 2021 at 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM respectively. David Lumba

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