Immaculate Heart “Rings” In New Upperclasswomen
Members of Immaculate Heart High School’s Class of 2021 recently gathered with their families and senior sisters to celebrate the Junior Ring Ceremony, the much-anticipated tradition when juniors receive their class rings and officially become upperclasswomen.
Blessed Sacrament’s Father Frank Buckley, S.J., presided over the special liturgy that accompanied the Ring Ceremony. In his sermon, he urged the juniors to see the heart emblazoned on their ring as a call to be women of great heart and right conscience and a reminder to reach out to others with compassion.
Following the service, Immaculate Heart President and alumna Maureen Diekmann, Class of 1969, explained the symbolism of the ring, which represents the passion and care of Mary, the mother of Jesus and the school’s patroness. Principal Naemah Zarif Morris, Class of 1995, then invited attending alumnae, including sisters, mothers and aunts of the assembled juniors, in blessing the rings.
One by one, the members of the junior class then came forward to accept their rings, along with a rose and a letter of encouragement from their senior sisters.
This meaningful tradition, which celebrates the continual renewal of Immaculate Heart’s values and community, perfectly capped Immaculate Heart High School’s observance of Catholic Schools Week.
“Congratulations to the Class of 2021!”
Immaculate Heart High School and Middle School, 5515 Franklin Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90028, (323) 461-3651 or visit www.immaculateheart.org.
About Immaculate Heart
Founded in 1906, Immaculate Heart High School & Middle School educates young women in grades sixth through 12th from its central location in the Los Feliz foothills near Griffith Park in Hollywood. The school has a long and distinguished history, with more than 10,000 graduates. Today’s student body of more than 700 young women is both geographically and ethnically diverse, drawing on students from throughout Los Angeles County. Last year, virtually 100 percent of Immaculate Heart graduates matriculated to colleges, including to the most prestigious schools in the country.