FAIRFIELD – “Now, I’m finally ready for Christmas because of what I saw here,” Bishop Frank Caggiano said to the more than 250 in attendance at the Saint Catherine Academy Christmas Pageant this morning. “That was the most authentic and moving expressions of what Christmas is that I have ever seen,” he said, with the cast of “The Christmas Message” on the stage behind him and family and friends in the audience. “The children have given us a great gift that shows how much our God loves every one of us, and that we need never be alone,” the Bishop said before joining the cast for a picture taking moment. Helen Burland, President of Saint Catherine Academy said the annual Christmas Pageant is an opportunity to show off the talents of the students who preformed, sang and narrated the play written by Sister Eileen Boffa, RSM and directed by Sister Cheryl Driscoll, RSM. The entire school staff also assisted in the production. Jonathan Teixeira narrated the pageant and read Nativity accounts from the Gospel of Luke. James Barry played Joseph and Mina Deorio represented Mary. With dramatic lighting and a bright star provided by the Quick Center of Fairfield University, the cast sang a number of songs including “Joy to the World,” “This Little Light of Mine,” and the Prayer to St. Francis, “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” During the Pageant, the children told the audience that the meaning of Christmas is that a loving, gentle and peaceful Jesus has come into their lives and will always be with them. “This is my favorite time of year,” said Burland, “because we get to give back to those of you who have been so
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(this is a test story for the front page) Fairfield---The students at Saint Catherine Academy finished their social studies unit on American Indians with a culminating activity of a trip to the Institute of American Indian Studies Museum and Research Center in Washington, CT. The students have been studying habitat, artifacts, clothing as well as the areas of the country that a particular tribe was native to. They worked in teams using books and on-line sources for their research. Each group prepared a poster that showed their research and presented their projects to their classmates. Sr. Cheryl Driscoll commented, “The students did an excellent job of working together and we all really enjoyed their presentations. I think we all learned new information through this process.” At the Institute for American Indian Studies, students saw firsthand a longhouse, wigwams, canoes as well as clothing and tools that were used by the Northeast Indian tribes. “I liked seeing the longhouse because I saw how the Native Americans lived,” reported Kelly. “I saw the wigwams and teepees. I liked the animal skins and learned that they ate buffalo and used the skin for the wigwam, “ shared Kelsey. “I loved the clothing. I wish I had clothes like that!” said Jonathan. Touring the longhouse, the students noted that there was a hole in the roof. James recalls, “it is for the smoke to leave the house while they are cooking.” Jennifer liked seeing the “mashing of corn into flour.” “The canoes are made from the bark of trees” added Josh and “they last for twenty years.” While the tour was informative, all the students agreed that the best part was the bus ride because it was a “fancy” bus with a movie and nice seats!
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