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Northern Cross Area Catholic Community graduates celebrated at Baccalaureate Mass in Perham

The graduates took part in a Baccalaureate Mass at the church, sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas local Court St. Rita #409 of Perham and led by Parochial Vicar Father Tom Skaja and Deacon Randy Altstadt.

The Northern Cross Area Catholic Community Class of 2022, with Court St. Rita Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke, Vice Regent Janel Altstadt, Father Tom Skaja, and Deacon Randy Altstadt.
The Northern Cross Area Catholic Community Class of 2022, with Court St. Rita Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke, Vice Regent Janel Altstadt, Father Tom Skaja, and Deacon Randy Altstadt.
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PERHAM — About a dozen Northern Cross Area Catholic Community graduates, of the Class of 2022, processed into St. Henry’s Catholic Church in Perham on Sunday, May 22, wearing their caps and gowns.

The graduates took part in a Baccalaureate Mass at the church, sponsored by the Catholic Daughters of the Americas local Court St. Rita #409 of Perham and led by Parochial Vicar Father Tom Skaja and Deacon Randy Altstadt.

Also participating in the Mass were graduating senior Austin Aanenson and his Catholic Daughter grandmother Denise Schornack as lectors. Carrying the gifts were seniors Isabella Pazdernik, Jaxson Rohde and Connor Kostynick. Communion distributors were Regent Dianne Rohde-Szarke and Vice Regent Janel Altstadt. Organist was Catholic Daughters member Gina Cavanagh.

The graduates were given a special blessing by Skaja and the parishioners, sending them off to a new beginning in their young lives. They were also presented with a gift from the Catholic Daughters.

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