St Stephen High School - Reflections Yearbook (Cleveland, OH)

 - Class of 1947

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4' Q , K afpe 1 W 111, U if sac oflr gf ncfll To each ns gxven a bag of tools a book of rules and each must make ere hfe ns flown a stumblmg block or a steppmg stone These favorlte words of Father Karper take on an added meanmg now as we leave St Stephen Hngh For lookxng back we begm to reahze the valuable assistance we have recexved from him m the mouldmg of our l1ves into steppmg stones to he lven Father Karpers ready asslstance m all of our undertakmgs wnll of course never be forgotten We appreciate hxs untlrmg efforts to brmg each of us through his mstructlons a httle closer to Christ and Hrs Blessed Mother But as we think of Father Karper today the thmg which stands out ln our memorles IS that he has been a frnend to each of us Perhaps we may forget some of the mmor detanls or he has done for us But you may be sure that we shall always remember hum as A day steeped m solemnlty and tradxtnon our Commencement Day' Father a true frxend Bachman S T D graduatnon speaker helped to add a sacred note to this most lmportant occasxon the culmmatlon of four years of study at St Stephen Hrs frlendly talk remmdmg us of what we sponsxblhtnes we are now' gomg to face held a deep meamng for each of us These are two prlests to whom each of us feels deeply mdebted They have mstructed us m the of our bag of tools and book of rules They have added that final and most lmportant touch to education and to them we are eternally grateful are leavmg and the even some of the thmgs OUI' Olll' USC OUI' tk ff IV 5 7? I E Q L E f . . ' A ' ' v ' re-



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nc! X OCU OHZOTZOCU . . . Time and tide wait for no man . . , to each is given a brief span of time in which to accomplish .ts best he can that which is expected of him, I was given four years . . . millions of precious moments in which to study und to learn. Four years to prepare nivsell to greet the world and what it has to otler with the squared shoulders of truth and a glowing countenance radiant with expectaiicy. Today. my days of preptirzition :ire over . , mv time for studying has run out . , . today I must depart from the familiar halls ol' my beloved Alma Mater. the sheltering .irms of mv second home. As I slowly and thoughtfully iiiartlied down the aisle ol St. Stephen Church, gnrbed in the traditioiml white sap and gown, and carrying a bouquet ot scarlet rose-buds. l recalled mo-at clearly the words of wisdom that mv dear Nlonsignor :ind the good, patient Sisters have often whispered in my ear. I .isked my Divine Savior to bless me and to walk hand-in-hand with me forever down the aisles of uncertainty and the .avenues of hardships that eventually will lend nie to eternity. As I left my place to receive my diploma from IVIonsignor Cverz, I remembered the hours of study and the days of preparation for the time when I should be presented this white passport that would introduce me into my new life of surprises. excitement, and independence. Finally, as I reluctantly retraced my steps down the middle aisle, I thought of everyone who helped me to reach this day . . . my parents whose unseltish denial of pleasures enabled me to tinish my education in a Catholic school . . . and dear Monsignor who was always thinking of ways to make the school more pleasant and modern for me . . , my teachers who sacrificed their personal glory and desires to give me the splendid Cliristmn training that will shield me from worldly indifference Time and tide have not waited for ine . . . so with tears of grati- tude dimming my eyes and a sense of loneliness piercing my heart. I shall smile a greeting to the future, made all the brighter because as a graduate of St. Stephens my heart holds memories of past happiness and a joyful expectancy tor the future.

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