June 3, 2018
Today we said goodbye to a lovely and gracious lady who is hanging up her apron at St. Mary’s School after eight years. Mrs. Patty Merola has done more than cook and bake for your children. She has cut their pizza into bite size pieces when they were too little to pick it up themselves. She has brought a water pitcher, table to table, so that they didn’t need to go to the water fountain and wait on line. She has baked them special treats, scooped them ice cream and from time to time, felt a forehead to check for fevers, when they said their stomach didn’t feel well. In a word, she loved them. And they loved her. She was St. Mary’s School’s surrogate grandmother and she will be missed. I want to thank her personally for all she has done for our school community but most especially for the love she has shown our students and the respect she has given me.
The final two and half weeks of school will be busy and crammed with finals and regents, yearbooks and reports cards, graduations and diplomas. I’m proud of your children and their many accomplishments. I hope you feel the school year has enabled your child(ren) to reach his or her potential this year and I hope too that this school, and your experiences in it, have brought you and your family closer in faith to God. If so, we will have fulfilled our mission.
As we part ways for the summer season, I’d like to leave you with some words that resonate with me and which I intent to shape the way your summer months proceed.
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you,
and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you,
and give you peace.
Wishing you a blessed, safe and enjoyable summer.