Bishop Frank J. Dewane greets one of the grandparents following Mass at St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples on Nov. 7.

Grandparents honored at St. John Neumann

Naples | Grandparents, a vital link to the past — most importantly the faith — were welcomed to St. John Neumann Catholic High School in Naples for a special celebration Nov. 7.

That celebration opened with a Mass celebrated by Bishop Frank J. Dewane as students sat with their grandparents in the Our Lady of the Angels Chapel. Afterwards, everyone went to the Student Life Center for a luncheon.

During the Mass, Bishop Dewane spoke about the wisdom and knowledge of the faith older people can share with the young. “Those of you who are blessed to still have your grandparents in your lives must take advantage of this,” the Bishop said. “Learn from them. Learn about how the Lord has shaped their lives.”

The Bishop also encouraged the grandparents to impart their wisdom through love and tenderness. “You as grandparents are a connection to Jesus Christ that the young people need. You are the example for them to follow.”

Several grandparents and their grandchildren complimented the Bishop for speaking so clearly about their respective roles in the Church —one as mentor and example, the other as respectful listener and observer.

Following the Mass, one grandparent noted that he is proud his grandchildren attend a Catholic high school. “My grandson is getting the best education. I tried to pass the faith along to my own children and grandchildren,” he said. “It is rewarding to see that lesson is being passed down to my grandchildren and enhanced here at St. John Neumann.”

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