On Saturday, May 25, at 4 p.m. in the Byron Recreation Complex, the University will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass with the class of 2013. Rick Malloy, S.J., vice president for university mission and ministry, wrote the following invitation to the University community.
As a University community at this time of year, we join together in prayer for our graduates and their families. The Eucharist expresses who we are and who we hope to become. This prayerful act of thanksgiving unites us with our God, our brothers and sisters, and our deepest, truest selves.
The presence of those who work at the University at this Mass symbolizes the care and service you have shown our students, and the care God has shown them through you, during their time here at Scranton. Whenever you welcomed a student with a smile, or helped a young person with an administrative task, or simply listened to them when they had a problem, or opened their young hearts and heads to the joys of the life of the mind, you were showing them the Spirit of Scranton. Your presence and participation in the Baccalaureate Mass is greatly appreciated by the graduates and their families. The wearing of academic regalia is welcomed, although it is customary not to wear tams or mortarboards during the liturgy.
We are all welcome to join together in prayer during the Eucharist. For Catholics, reception of communion is a sign of belief in and commitment to the Catholic faith and way of life. Those who are not receiving communion are most welcome to come forward and receive a blessing.
We would love for you to join us on Saturday.