Serra freshmen and their moms spent Thursday morning at Mass, followed by breakfast in the cafeteria. It was a wonderful event for all, and many Madres said they were honored to be part of such a special event.
"I loved it," said Robin Casey, the mother of freshman Aidan Casey. I enjoyed listening to the student speaker's touching story and spending time with my son."
"My mom does a lot for me and she always helps to supervise my homework," Aidan said.
"My mom is always there for me," added freshman Denzel McCollum.
Freshman Evan Taylor gave a thought-provoking reflection. "Mothers, just like Hannah, you truly put your faith in Serra, hoping this would be the right school and fit for us," he noted. "It is only our fifth week, and I am already loving it here. Mothers, just as the prophet Eli taught Samuel how to become a great man, Serra will teach us how to become great men. At this school, we will become men of faith, wisdom and service. God will be with us and guide us no matter what. Just as a mother is with her child, God is with us."
Serra Chaplain Fr. Tony Vallecillo spoke about the roles of Biblical mothers - Hannah and the Virgin Mary - who are excellent examples of mothers who were dedicated to their sons and who wanted the best for them. "It was my own mother's fervent prayers when I strayed from the church that helped me to return and eventually find my vocation as a priest," Fr. Tony noted. "The mothers at Serra have that same dedication and should never cease praying for their sons. The Mother-Son Mass is so special for mothers and sons because it provides a wonderful opportunity to share their faith together."
Liturgy Coordinator Patrick Vallez-Kelly looks forward to the Freshman Mother-Son Mass each year. "This Mass is always special because the freshmen and their moms have such great enthusiasm for Serra," he explained. "The scriptures, Fr. Vallecillo and Evan Taylor, our student speaker, shared the theme of mothers entrusting their sons to God's care. I was happy for Evan - he put a lot of work into his reflection. I was also proud of the Praise Band - Joe San Filippo (organ) and Nicholas Madera (violin). Freshman Aidan Casey helped us to prepare for the Mass. The Class of 2018 has impressed me with its spirit, leadership and willingness to serve and get involved."