Alumni reminisce outside the school gates before heading into the reception. It was a day for reminiscing at St. Mary Star of the Sea last Saturday as a special mass was held in honor of its school’s alumni, lay faculty, the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brothers of the Sacred Heart and its clergy. Graduates came together to celebrate the special gifts they received as students and alumni.
“We come together today to celebrate the gift … and sacrifice of hundreds over the years who made this possible,” said the Reverend James Cunningham, St. Mary’s former pastor. “Each of us has been blessed in one way or another because we were part of this family … We will always be part of this family.”
Sister Mary Lou Tressy said, “The good the nuns did at this school [can’t be matched].”
The Diocese of Brooklyn announced the 134-year-old school would close on June 30 because of dwindling enrollment and finances.
Many stopped to have their photo taken next to the St. Mary School sign including the Devitt sisters who once lived right around the corner from the school. Seen is Peggy (Class of ’62) taking Cathy’s (Class of ’63) picture.
Alumni join Sister Mary Judith, a former principal at St. Mary, as she looks at photos of the Class of 1972.
After the mass, alumni walk through the school’s main entrance one final time for a reception.
In his homily the former pastor of St. Mary, Father James Cunningham, said a Catholic education at St. Mary was “possible because of the sisters of St. Joseph and the Brothers of the Sacred Heart who gave of themselves with love.”
“The Bells of St. Mary’s” was sung during the mass. The bells of the church also rang out the song as people filed out after the mass.
The Reverend Josephjude Gannon, the Class of 1990, presides over the renewal of wedding vows for alumni Delores and Joseph who have been married for 51 years.