From our Pastor, Rev. Aidan N. Donahue

 Dear Friends:

The 41st annual St. Mary School Basketball Tournament ran from February 26 to March 15. This year’s tournament was a great success. The crowds, both from St. Mary’s as well as from competing schools, were large and the spirit of competition and good sportsmanship was evident. Congratulations to all of the student¬athletes from our school who competed so well and played well, whether they won or lost. They are a credit to our school and our parish.

Particular congratulations are in order for our seventh and eighth grade boys' varsity team who won both the St. Mary Tournament boys' varsity title, defeating a very able team from St. Thomas Aquinas in Fairfield on Sunday, March 15. The boys also won the boys’ varsity title game against Holy Trinity in Wallingford earlier that same afternoon and are the 2015 boys’ varsity champions of the Archdiocese of Hartford. They went on last weekend to the New England championship tournament in Worcester. At the time of this writing, the results of their efforts were unknown. I also want to extend congratulations to the St. Mary boys’ junior varsity team for their success in winning the St. Mary Tournament boys’ junior varsity championship. Way to go!!! Thanks to Dennis Riordan and Diane Piechota, the chairpersons of this year’s tournament, for all of their hard work. Thanks, too, go to all the parents who assisted in running the kitchen, the raffle, the admission desk, or in any other way.

I attended many of the games during the tournament and came away with a very favorable impression of the young people who make up the student body of our school. They are good kids who get along well together. I particularly enjoyed the way the teams played well together, showing good sportsmanship and teamwork. Of note, too, is the way that whenever there was a break in the action, so many young people swarmed the court and lobbed basketballs around. It was particularly gratifying to see how the older students, even recent alumni, got out on the court and sparred playfully with much younger children. Observing all of this, I was left with a particularly strong sense of the blessing that our school is for the parish as a whole. We are indeed fortunate to have such a school. For parents who are looking for a sound alternative to public schools, I urge you to take a look at St. Mary’s School. The sacrifice involved in providing a good Catholic education for your children is well worth it.

Please note the list of Holy Week services given in this bulletin. Attend as many as you can, for this week marks the high point of our liturgical year. I would like to emphasize that there will be no vigil Mass next Saturday at 4:30. The Easter Vigil begins after nightfall, as it must, at 8:00 PM. Note, too, that the Easter Sunday Mass schedule is slightly different that our usual Sunday schedule. The morning Masses are at the usual time with an additional overflow Mass available in the school gym at 10:15. Please note that there will be no 4:30 PM Mass on Easter Sunday afternoon.

I wish you all a blessed and holy Easter!!!

Rev. Aidan N. Donahue

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