2018 Ends with Faith and Fellowship

2018 Ends with Faith and Fellowship

The students and faculty of St. Mary’s welcomed Christmas and celebrated a successful year with spirit and song, eager to share the generosity and gratitude of the season. The heartwarming gestures of students expressing appreciation for each other and working together could be seen throughout the last week of school before the holiday break.

Throughout the last week of classes, students entered into a friendly competition for the annual homeroom door decorating contest. The creativity of the students–and, not to be forgotten, their spirited teachers–was obvious in halls, now decked with colorful wrapping paper, snowmen, reindeer, candy canes, and twinkling lights. Many homerooms’ themes expressed a sense of togetherness and family. Although there were many gorgeous and festively-decorated doors, only one could be named victorious. Congratulations to Ms. Curran and homeroom 2D for their adorable Snoopy-themed door!

Various clubs also held Christmas parties, sharing food and time and exchanging gifts. The Irish Club, helmed by Ms. Eileen Mannix, embraced a selfless vision of Christmas giving, writing cards to the elderly as the main activity of their party. They were blessed with a surprise performance from Mr. Buckley, moderator of Bagpipe Club, who filled Marist Hall with the beautiful sound of the pipes.

The Campus Ministry also held their annual Christmas party for students involved in the rich faith life of the school. Students brought snacks, many of them homemade desserts, and the senior shepherds exchanged “Secret Santa” gifts. Students of all grade levels participated in gingerbread house-making, Christmas trivia, and plenty of Christmas singing, led by Mr. Larry Kupferman. It was a wonderful opportunity for the students who give so much of themselves through leadership and service to gather together in fellowship and prayer before celebrating the birth of Christ.

Finally, on Thursday, December 20th, students gathered in Marist Gymnasium for the Gael Force Pep Rally. Those students involved in activities and athletics were celebrated for their teamwork, spirit, and dedication to the school. The basketball team, fresh off their recent championship victory, shot a few hoops as the gym applauded, and the cheerleading team performed an elaborate routine. Various performing arts groups wowed with their musical talents, and the school received surprise visits from Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Grinch, and Santa Claus himself.

As we begin 2019, we are confident that the same spirit that brought our school together in anticipation of Christ’s birth will dwell within us as we welcome the start of a new year.