Wednesday, December 21, 2022, the students at St. John Chrysostom school sang, acted, proclaimed, and danced their way into the heart of Christmas. Principal, Sister Mary Elizabeth Mooney, the students, and the staff presented an amazing and enjoyable pageant. Thanks to transportation arranged by Sister Mary Elizabeth, the Sisters residing in Dominican Convent and Rockland county came to celebrate with the vibrant Catholic school community in the Bronx. Those Sisters and Associates who were unable to attend in person were able to enjoy the show via Zoom. What an inclusive plan!
Sister Gloria Lowe, a former St. John’s teacher, was able to attend the pageant. She writes:
Oh, happy day! When we arrived at our destination and the doors of the school opened, we were met with smiles, hugs, and greetings of welcome from eighth graders, teachers, and our very own Sister Mary Elizabeth. As I stood in the auditorium, I could feel the presence of so many who went before me. This school is a special place where all are welcomed and treated with respect, dignity, and love. Each class performed and entertained us—and the true stars that they are sparkled brightly. The Christmas message was read and acted out by students from different grades. As the Prophet Isaiah says, “A child will lead them.” And so, we were led by children bearing gifts of song, dance, and joy.
After the show, we were treated to a delicious lunch served by the staff, teachers, and students. As our day came to end, we left knowing that St. John’s is alive and spreading the Good News at Dominican Sisters of Sparkill Place. I felt very proud to be one of the many women who had taught for 41 years at this extraordinary place nestled in the Bronx where so much more than reading, writing, and arithmetic takes place. Once you walk through the doors you are treated like family, and you always will have a place to call home.