Throughout May—the month the church traditionally dedicates to Mary—Catholic school students across the Diocese of Rockville Centre have been assembling at special Masses and prayer services to honor the Blessed Mother.

On Wednesday, May 16, Our Lady of Mercy School, Hicksville, celebrated its patron with a two-part service that included a meditation and recitation of the rosary in the school auditorium, followed by a crowning ceremony in the parish church.

Representatives of all grades—from the nursery school program through the eighth grade—actively participated in the liturgy by presenting plants and flowers, offering reflections, reading petitions or assisting Father John McCarthy, presider and OLM pastor, as altar servers.

The highlight of the early afternoon service occurred when eighth-grader Sandhya LoGalbo placed a crown of colorful flowers atop a statue of Mary in the center of the sanctuary.

Mercy Sisters Jeannine Toppin, assistant principal, and Mary Winifred, religion coordinator, planned and directed the ceremony.

Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz