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Cheverus Celebrates Grandparents Day

November 07, 2018
By Office of Communications

There are so many wonderful traditions at Cheverus, but one tradition that is especially moving is Grandparents Day. This celebration coincides with the Feast of All Saints and offers the community an opportunity to celebrate the saints among us. This year, we also recognized veterans as we approach Veterans Day.

Over 220 grandparents, special seniors, and veterans filled the gym last Thursday for Mass. Fr. Robert Pecoraro, S.J. was the celebrant. He recognized the important and impactful role grandparents and special seniors have in the lives of our students. Fr. Bob spoke about his own close relationship with his grandfather and how working in his grandfather’s restaurant inspired him to start a career in the restaurant and food service business which ultimately led to his vocation as a Jesuit. He also remembered his grandfather’s service to our nation during WWII and thanked all veterans for their service. Father reminded the congregation that “every Saint has a past, and every sinner has a future,” and encouraged all to look to the Beatitudes for guidance on how to live a good life.

At the end of Mass students offered a special blessing on their grandparents and grandparents did the same for their grandchildren. Participants processed out to a spirited rendition of “When The Saints Go Marching In.”

After Mass, students had the opportunity to have their picture taken with their grandparents.  An email will be sent to all attendees to access these photos. If you do not receive the email, please contact for more information.

During the month of November, the Catholic church remembers those loved ones who have died. The Cheverus Book of Remembrance is inscribed with names of loved ones who have passed. Grandparents Day attendees were able to write names of loved ones in the book - including many grandparents - which was brought to the altar during Mass. The persons listed in the book will be remembered at all campus Masses throughout November. If you would like to add the name of a loved one to the Cheverus Book of Remembrance, please click here