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A new year at St. Anselm - Vicar welcomes students, holds ‘08-‘09 opening mass

Father Michael Gelfant, parochial vicar of St. Anselm Parish, welcomed students, faculty and parents at the Opening Mass for the 2008-2009 school year.

The students participate in a school Mass once a month throughout the school year as altar servers, lectors and by presenting the gifts of bread and wine. Parents come together in unity not only to pray, but to see their children as they participate in each month’s Mass.

As a Catholic school, the priests and teachers continue to develop the students’ spiritual life in the most complete way, celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the center of prayer for Catholics.

Father Gelfant celebrated the Mass along with Monsignor Michael Phillips, this year’s Grand Marshall at the Ragamuffin Parade.

Father Gelfant explained to the children that day that it was also the birthday of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and went on to say that, “Mary did not let fear stand in the way of God’s destiny for her.”

He also told the students that they are destined to be great and to not “let fear get in the way of God’s plan” for each of them. He encouraged each child to trust in the wisdom and guidance of their teachers as they continue to help them mature and keep them on the road to greatness.

St. Anselm — the largest Catholic parochial elementary and middle school in Bay Ridge — is located at 365 83rd Street.

You can contact the school at 718-745-7643 or visiting its website at

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