Campus Ministry Reflections
Immaculate High School held a special Pastor's Luncheon on December 15 to thank our vicariate Pastors for all of their support this past year and inform them of all the new and great things going on at Immaculate. Pastors from our 18 local parishes were invited to the lunch held at Cafe on the Green. Once again, Immaculate thanks all our local pastors and their staff for their continued support of Immaculate's students and mission.
The Key Club and Campus Ministry would like to thank all students and staff who participated in the Thanksgiving Cereal Drive for the Dorothy Day Hospitality House in Danbury. Thanks to the generosity of the students and staff we collected 961 boxes of cereal, surpassing our goal of 900 boxes and shattering our old record of 778 set last year!! Dorothy Day serves breakfast to some of the neediest people in our community, and many of our students volunteer their time at the Dorothy Day House through the Morning Glory program. The generosity and giving spirit of the Immaculate family is tremendous and sincerely appreciated -- we could not have done it without the support of the Immaculate students, staff, faculty and parents!! We are truly blessed and Dorothy Day House is extremely grateful!!!
Christmas Trees of Immaculate
Immaculate High School celebrates Christmas passionately, and nearly everywhere you look this month there were decorations to emphasize that passion, some in a unique way. For example, Mr. Hall's Chemistry classroom has the Chemis-tree, Mrs. Pinckney's English classroom has a Book Tree, and Alexa Wild and Leslie Quinn designed a "Don We Now" Tree for the Learning Commons. The International Club set up its third annual Giving Tree, collecting items for Hopeline Pregnancy Resource Center -- they are accepting new, unwrapped items under the tree until December 22. The Immaculate Parents Association decorated the cafeteria, including a Santa and his snowmen to welcome and wish students a Merry Christmas and a beautiful Christmas tree with a manger scene that helps students celebrate the season of Advent and await the birth of the Christ Child. A nearly large-as-life Nativity scene graces the lobby for all visitors, staff and students to appreciate.
Religion Class Visits The Abbey of Regina Laudis
On December 11, twenty-eight seniors from Miss Donnarummo's religion classes visited the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, CT. First-semester senior year is a study of vocations and their book begins with the story of Mother Dolores Hart, a former actress who joined the Abbey 50 years ago; it was the students who asked if they could visit. At the Abbey the class attended 8am Mass in Latin (this was the first time many students had attended a Mass in Latin), listened to a talk from Sister Christopher (second year postulant), met with Mother Noella who served as tour guide around the 300 acres, and visited the creche (nativity scene) that was built in Italy in 1720 and heard of its restoration process. At the end of their pilgrimage, the class visited the 25 acre beef farm, where the students had the opportunity to feed the cows hay and bagels.