Thanksgiving Prayer Service and Ring Ceremony at Lowell Catholic
Lowell Catholic students, families and staff gathered in the Keith Gymnasium for the annual ring ceremony and Thanksgiving prayer service.
As LC continues to grow and evolve, a new twist on the tradition was added to the Class of 2018's ceremony. Students were asked to have their ring turned for good luck 18 times in honor of their year of graduation, with someone special being selected to do the 18th turn to lock in the luck.
Chelsea Rafferty, adviser for the junior class, was moved by the ceremony. As an alumna of the Class of 2010, she remembered being in her students' shoes herself.
"It's such a wonderful rite of passage for the juniors to have that moment in the spotlight as a senior passes them their ring and school pin," she said. "It's as if they are passing off the torch, welcoming the junior class. I love the new tradition of the twist for good luck and was honored to be asked to be part of the tradition by several students."
The prayer service was sponsored by the junior class, and many of the class officers played a role. Celia Murphy (secretary, Lawrence) offered the first reading, Andrew O'Connor (vice president, Dracut) said the responsorial psalm, Anthony Greco (treasurer, Tewksbury) read the Prayers of the Faithful, and Andrea DiCiaccio (president, Tewksbury) offered the closing prayer.
Ariana Vitorino (Dracut), president of the senior class, offered the Senior Class Presidential Address, urging juniors to use their time wisely in high school because it goes by too fast.
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