Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Youth

December 6, 2013

OA seniors attend Indianapolis Mass

Going to the only Catholic high school in the area, it’s not every day that students from Oldenburg Academy have the opportunity to connect with other Catholic high school teenagers.

For this reason, it was hard to pass up the opportunity to make the hour-and-a-half bus ride to Indianapolis to participate in the Senior Recognition Mass at Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral with 10 Indiana Catholic high schools Monday, Dec. 2.

Like any other teenager, I was not particularly looking forward to waking up early to head to Mass but decided to make the best of the situation when I realized I would have a day off school. Because I volunteered to be a gift bearer at mMass, I was able to ride up to Indianapolis early and get to know students from other schools. Together, we shared stories and traditions of our various schools, even learning that Seton Catholic High School had our class of 32 beat for the smallest senior class with only 17 students.

It was such an eye-opening experience to know that students from all over the Indianapolis Archdiocese held the same beliefs and morals that I did. I was amazed at the amount of generosity and respect all the students had for one another, regardless of their differences in background and character.

The Mass itself was especially significant. One or two students from every school were invited to participate in each aspect of the Mass, making the liturgy feel personal and memorable. We were also honored to have Archbishop Joseph Tobin lead the Mass, bringing a touch of awe and humor. The stories he told of his times in Italy gave my classmates and I a glimpse of the many adventures we have waiting for us.

I enjoyed having the opportunity to share my religion with other teenagers and am grateful for the positive experience I had.

After the Mass, the senior class joined in having a nice lunch in downtown Indianapolis before heading back home together.

Liz Siemer is a senior in Oldenburg Academy journalism class.

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