Notre Dame High School SHADES Club students participate in the Diversity Mass. Courtesy photo
Notre Dame High School SHADES Club students participate in the Diversity Mass. Courtesy photo
The students of Notre Dame High School, Lawrenceville, highlighted their differences while rejoicing in the principles they shared during the school’s Feb. 24 Diversity Mass. School chaplain, Father Jason Parzynski, was principal celebrant of the annual liturgy held during Black History Month to celebrate social justice, diversity, inclusion and the progress of people.

NDHS senior Tiera Figaro, Co-Vice President of the SHADES Club, stated the event’s purpose: “to praise God for his great gift of cultural diversity and help us discover the depth and richness of all his people of every race, culture and nation.

“May we continue to celebrate our differences and unite in our common belief to create a just, compassionate and harmonious world for all,” Figaro prayed. Fellow SHADES Club students and members of the school’s Justice Club led prayers at Mass and shared messages of inclusion from prominent African American writers while students from the world language department offered intercessions in multiple tongues.

Following the Mass, the SHADES Club sponsored a video, “Why do we celebrate Black History Month,” which explained the importance of spreading pride in African American heritage. Poetry by Maya Angelou, praise songs and a dance duet rounded out the event.