What a fabulous weekend! The Centennial Celebration began on Friday evening with over 400 people touring the school and enjoying wine and cheese, beer and munchies under the tent in the school yard. Everyone was invited to tour the school halls once again and to “Walk through the Decades” as photos and memorabilia were displayed in each of the classrooms. There was a special display in the front lobby of the school dedicated to the Morningside Bull Dogs. There were screams of “I haven’t seen you in 40 years” and hugs were plentiful.
The Jubilee Mass was celebrated on Saturday followed by dinner at the Monroeville Convention Center with more than 365 in attendance. Some of the former pastors and assistant pastors were present as well as former and current teachers and parents. Some alumni traveled in from California, Georgia, Florida and Colorado to meet with old friends and acquaintances. One very special guest was honored as she had just turned 100 years old, a graduate of the High School class of 1933. Those in attendance sang “Happy Birthday” to her. A video was shown of the history of St. Raphael School with applause heard along the way as a favorite teacher or pastor was shown. Cheers went up for certain principals. There was a photo booth available for those who wanted a free photo taken with a special friend or a former beau.
We met on Sunday morning for Danish and bagels again under the tent and again one was afforded the chance to tour their former school. Although the group was sparse due to the chilly temperatures and the rain, some faces returned for the third time in three days to search out old friends, neighbors and teachers.
As one person put it, "The love for St. Raphael School is alive and well, and many of us are still most appreciative for the knowledge, discipline and love of our faith acquired there."
At the dinner, Principal Robert Munz explained the need for continued support from the alumni, parishioners and the community at large to keep St. Raphael School alive into the next century. He showed a Centennial Plaque that will be displayed in the school lobby noting our generous donors by levels of giving. Should you like to make a contribution to St. Raphael School, please contact Robert Munz at 412-661-0288 to request a Centennial Celebration Donation card or send your check made payable to St. Raphael Alumni Association, 1154 Chislett Street, Pittsburgh PA 15206.
May St. Raphael School continue its legacy for another 100 years.
The alumni generously contributes to the St. Raphael Annual Appeal for Funds, which helps parents reduce the cost of tuition and is used for improvements or maintenance to the school.
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