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Saint Lawrence Community Celebrates African Mass in the Heart of Silicon Valley

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On May 4, Saint Lawrence Elementary and Middle School community joined teamed up with Oriki Theater, a nonprofit performing arts company, to celebrate Mass in an African cultural light.
On May 4, Saint Lawrence Elementary and Middle School community joined teamed up with Oriki Theater, a nonprofit performing arts company,  to celebrate Mass in an African cultural light.
On May 4, Saint Lawrence Elementary and Middle School community joined teamed up with Oriki Theater, a nonprofit performing arts company, to celebrate Mass in an African cultural light.

As the end of the 2015-2016 school year gets closer, 8th grade students prepare for the completion of a major milestone in their lives.

The eighth grade students at Saint Lawrence Elementary and Middle School decided to leave their fellow schoolmates with a truly unique and memorable experience at our weekly school Mass.

Led by homeroom teachers Haley Hemm and Jennifer Badgley, the students teamed up with Oriki Theater and prepared for a truly one-of-a-kind celebration. Oriki Theater, a nonprofit performing arts company that brings the culture and spirit of Africa to those in our community, helped students learn traditional African songs and dance. The students, having learned about the African culture as part of their Literature and Language curriculum, collaborated with the Oriki Theater leaders and their teachers throughout the whole planning process. They immersed themselves in West African culture and led the school community in embracing a rich diversity of faith expression.

On May 4, the entire school community gathered in Church to celebrate Mass in an African cultural light. The students were dressed in traditional African clothing, danced and sang tradition African praises, and led the school community in experiencing our faith with the influence of another culture. It was an experience to remember for everyone in attendance.

Saint Lawrence sixth grader Emma said, “I think that the Mass was well prepared for the Saint Lawrence community. The experience from the Mass showed kids that people from around the world [celebrate] Mass and sang religious songs but in a different language but still has the same experience we have in Mass.”

This celebration put on by the graduating class of 2016, has truly left their mark upon our faith community by inspiring us to embrace differences, love humanity, and spread the word of God through our actions.