By Vita Barretto

Our class motto, “Noblesse Oblige”, taught us to honor God in everything we say and do. It instructed us to bear in mind that every privilege we were blessed with came with a corresponding responsibility. Over the past 60 years, we have kept that mandate in mind, as we have taken care of our families, and shared with them a Love of God, as we shared our blessings with the less fortunate ones. At all times, we kept in mind the knowledge that we had to praise our Lord as we loved and took care of our families and the less fortunate. Life was very normal. Back then.

We are now confronted by a much more challenging world, the “New Normal”. A worldwide, deadly disease has gripped the entire world, and millions are dying from it. The pandemic is neither gender specific nor color specific. It just attacks. It is in the air, on the items we touch, in hugs from others. Do we pull away and isolate? What does God want us to do? We isolated for a short while, but when relatives and others were in great need, we responded, in a pandemic-restricted way. We found ourselves praising God and praying to Him more and more, as we asked Him to stay by our side as we tried to help others.

What happens next? We do not know. What we do know is that whatever happens, the Assumption Class of 1961 will rise to the occasion to meet the challenge, for our Lord.


The Diamond Reunion Celebration brought us all back together from all over the world for a fun and joyful gathering made possible by modern technology.  It is as if no time has passed as we connect and reconnect with childhood friends.  Like diamonds, our class is beautiful, rare, valuable and marked by forever friendships. –MaryLou S. Veloso-Tioseco