Archbishop Byrnes visits Santa Barbara Catholic School

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Archbishop Michael Byrnes talked with SBCS NJHS students and Principal Sister Maria Rosario Gaite, RSM during a luncheon at the end of his visit to the school. (Photo provided by SBCS)

By Jhoanna Co
For the Umatuna Si Yu’os

Mercy Day celebration at Santa Barbara Catholic School was made more special this year with a visit from Archbishop Michael Byrnes on Friday, Sept.  22.

The archbishop presided over the morning Mass held at Santa Barbara Catholic Church. Afterwards, he went on a tour of the school with Principal Sister Maria Rosario Gaite, RSM leading with the Sisters of Mercy Traveling Museum that showcased SBCS history from 1950.

SBCS K4 students posed for a photo with, back row left to right, teacher Glorilyn Legaspi, Archbishop Byrnes, Principal Sister Maria Rosario Gaite, RSM, and teacher Jannica Manabat.(Photo provided by SBCS)

Surprise performances from the K4 and sixth grade classes came next. He also stopped by the Art Room of Mr. Julius Cena and viewed student artworks and displays.

Archbishop Byrnes then visited the Ysrael Building which houses the Computer Lab and Science Lab. He even got his turn under the digital microscope!

Archbishop Byrnes gets his skin examined under a digital microscope at the SBCS Ysrael Building Science Lab by Mrs. Lolita Limjap, Science Department Chair. (Photo provided by SBCS)

Capping the visit was a luncheon with select SBCS eighth graders, faculty & staff where the SBCS Honor Choir serenaded everyone with their version of the classic “What a Wonderful World.” Students also had a chance to ask the archbishop questions which ranged from “Do you play any sports?” and “Who influenced you to be priest?” to what his views are on climate change – all of which he gamely answered.

Santa Barbara Catholic School’s Mercy Day celebration continued throughout the day as classes engaged in community outreach activities and visited the office of Sister Maria Rosario Gaite, RSM to personally greet her “Happy Mercy Day.”