Current and former students, administrators, faculty and staff of St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School, Westbury, packed St. Brigid Church on Saturday, Sept. 8, for a Mass marking the 100th anniversary of the founding of the school.
Bishop John Barres was the principal celebrant and homilist at a morning liturgy. Following the service, the bishop joined those gathered for the occasion in a procession from the church to the school. The Firebird Pipe Band of Kellenberg Memorial High School, Uniondale, led the group along the three-quarter mile route.
The celebration continued at the school, where participants were treated to hot dogs, hamburgers and other tasty treats. Entertainment included pony rides, an inflatable bounce castle, giant slide and face painting.
Additional photos from the day can be found on The Long Island Catholic Facebook page.
Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz
Bishop Barres greets alumna Frances Z. Smith, 94, Class of 1938, and fourth-grader Stephanie Ahee, 9, Class of 2023, before Mass.
Seventh-grader Timothy Katz leads the recitation of the responsorial psalm.
Members of the school choir sing.
Former principal Sister Leonora Tucker, a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, participates in the presentation of the gifts.
Bishop Barres concelebrates Mass with, from left, Msgr. John Bennett, Father Ralph Sommer, Father Anthony Stanganelli and Msgr. John Martin. Not pictured: Father Rony Fabien.
Principal Paul Clagnaz, left, recites the Lord's Prayer with the congregation.
Students and choir alumni lead the assembly in song.
Father Stanganelli, St. Brigid's pastor, addresses the congregation.
Bishop Barres poses with students after Mass.
Bishop Barres joins the procession from the church to the school.
The Firebird Pipe Band of Kellenberg Memorial High School leads the procession.
Students smile as they walk to the school.
Children have fun in the inflatable bounce castle.
Children have fun in an inflatable bounce castle.
Fourth-grader Jaslyn Garcia receives cotton candy from pre-kindergarten teacher Jaime Fitch.
St. Brigid/Our Lady of Hope Regional School.