Our Lady of Victory (OLV) School in Floral Park kicked off its Catholic Schools’ Week celebration with a standing-room only opening mass on Sunday, Jan. 25. OLV teacher and school parent, Noreen Dodson, along with OLV parent Suzanne Lynn, participated in the Liturgy of the Word by presenting the readings and current OLV students put forth the petitions.
Celebrant Father Tom Fusco’s homily emphasized the very important relationship between Our Lady of Victory Church and its parish school. He reiterated his “100 percent support” of the school as a vital ministry of the church.
Following the presentation of the gifts by the Coyne family, the Liturgy of the Eucharist took place.
The children’s choir, led by Donna Lindskog, with musical accompaniment by Rob Price, sang beautifully throughout the Mass as they do every Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. celebration.
At the conclusion of the Mass, OLV’s School Board President Kerry Boyle introduced Floral Park’s Mayor Tom Tweedy, himself a member of OLV School’s class of 1970. Tweedy presented OLV School’s Principal,
Peg Augello, with a proclamation acknowledging Catholic Schools’ Week.
Augello’s remarks emphasized how OLV’s mission is to educate “the whole child” – so that they learn, “not only about the earth’s water cycle, but about the creator who made it”.
A very spirited and bustling open house of the school followed the Mass. Current and future students, along with their families, toured the building, met with teachers, marveled at the SMARTBoards in all the classrooms and enjoyed a mini-concert by the school’s band.
The $10,000 giveaway, overseen by Kathi Insingo and Una Hayden, was drawn and the winners were announced to a hearty crowd.
The school’s thanks go out to all throughout the parish who bought raffle tickets and showed their support of the school.
HSA President, Heather McClintock, along with parent and student volunteers, helped to keep the day’s festivities on track.
In the afternoon, the school’s Drama Club, under the direction of current OLV parent Lindskog, with choreography by alumni parent Judy Brown, and set design by current parent Sheila Walsh, presented a wonderful adaptation of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Catholic Schools’ Week Sunday was, once again, a proud, vibrant day at Our Lady of Victory School.
Parents interested in registering their children for the 2015-’16 school year are encouraged to call the school at 516-352-4466.