On Wednesday, December 12, we celebrated the close of our Golden Jubilee Year, along with the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, our patron saint, with our Golden Jubilee Mass and Breakfast. Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald presided over our mass, along with co-celebrants, Father John Large, Monsignor Paul Digirolamo, Father Walter Modrys, SJ, and Father Edward O’Donnell, SJ. We also welcomed several board members, current and past parents, and a few special donors who all had wonderful things to say about our school.
During our mass, a few students along with our grades six through eight Spanish and Honors Math teacher, Mrs. Pimpinella, dressed in traditional attire to celebrate their own Mexican heritage in light of Our Lady of Guadalupe's Feast Day. These students also presented Bishop Fitzgerald with beautiful books written about Juan Diego and Our Lady of Guadalupe!
Our eighth grade class' art project was also revealed at this mass, a beautiful mosaic of Our Lady. Our Lady of Guadalupe, or La Virgen de Guadalupe, appeared to an indigenous man named Juan Diego on this day in 1531. She asked that a shrine in her name be built on the spot where she appeared, atop Tepeyac Hill.
Each class presented this mural with roses representing the roses that fell out of Juan Diego's tilma, revealing the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
These roses were also represented in our students' wonderful artwork hung at the end of each pew.
After our Mass, many of our guests, along with Bishop Fitzgerald and Monsignor Digirolamo, joined us at our school for our Thank You Breakfast. Here, our guests were joined by our 8th Grade Ambassadors who offered tours of the school.
Our guests were also treated to a musical performance by our Kindergarten class, who sang two songs while also interpreting the songs into sign language, taught by Ms. Pugliese.
Our Golden Jubilee Mass and Breakfast was a beautiful celebration full of students, staff, family, and friends!
Thank you to our generous benefactors whose prayers and financial support make an outstanding Catholic education possible for the students of St. Mary Interparochial School in the heart of Philadelphia.