The 2013-2014 school year marks the 65th Anniversary of Mother of Sorrows School, which the Sisters of Notre Dame opened in 1948.
To mark this anniversary, the Mother of Sorrows community took part in a celebration on Sunday, January 26. A Sunday Family Mass, which our 3rd grade class prepared in honor of Catholic Schools Week and the 65th Anniversary, kicked off the day’s events. Monsignor Joseph Brennan served as celebrant for the Eucharistic Celebration at Mother of Sorrows Church.
Following Mass, the congregation – comprised of students, families, alumni, faculty, staff, friends and benefactors – moved to the school yard for a special ceremony to bless our new building, The Elizabeth Ann Seton Learning Center, which is dedicated to St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, one of our Vincnentian Founders. (To learn more about this saint, educator, mother, wife, foundress, friend and volunteer, please click here.) The beautiful building will serve as a learning center and Transitional Kindergarten (TK) classroom.
A reception and open house capped off the morning’s celebration and provided an opportunity for all members of the MOS family who were present to visit with each other, tour classrooms and view student work displayed throughout the school.
We are thankful for everyone who helped to make our celebration possible as well as everyone who was able to join us for the festivities, including special friends and supporters: Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul (Sr. Chris Maggi, D.C. and Sr. Lisa Laguna, D.C.), Sisters of Notre Dame, Dorene Dominguez (Chairman of the Board of Vanir Construction Management, Inc. and Chairman of the Board of The Vanir Foundation in Memory of H. Frank Dominguez), Chad White (Sr. Construction Manager for Vanir Construction Management, Inc. and Lead Vanir Ambassador for The Vanir Foundation in Memory of H. Frank Dominguez) and Msgr. Norman Priebe (Pastor of St. Jerome Parish – sister parish to Mother of Sorrows).
In the words of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: “Blessed Guardians…be watchful. Help us to use well the grace of the moment in the care and instruction of the little ones under our charge. Watch over them with us.”
Please enjoy photos from the day, below, courtesy of Mrs. Ponce (1st grade teacher):