Let There Be Peace on Earth
Fairfield — The joy and Christmas spirit was everywhere as the students presented “Jesus our Light” on December 23rd at Saint Catherine Academy. With a standing room only crowd, the students shared the story of the birth of Jesus with a moving introduction from Jesus as an adult, played by Anthony.
This year’s production was written by Sr. Eileen Boffa, RSM and directed by Saint Catherine’s own Sr. Cheryl Driscoll, RSM. Each student is involved in the pageant. This year, Mary was played by Natalie and Joseph by Angel. At times, the stage was filled with angels and shepherds as well as a beautiful dramatization of the arrival of the Three Wise Men to the music of “We Three Kings of Orient Are.”
Before the Pageant began, Helen Burland welcomed the audience with special acknowledgment to the “Pageant Groupies”, those who have become regular attendees to this annual event. Bishop Caggiano, Sr. Mary Grace Walsh and Monsignor Thomas Powers, Vicar general of the Diocese were recognized.
Ms. Burland was joined by Charles Chiusano, Chair of the Board of Directors as they thanked Al Barber and Sr. Mary Grace for their service to the Board. Both have step down from their Board positions. The audience showed their appreciation for their commitment to the mission of Saint Catherine Center for Special Needs with a warm round of applause.
Then the show began. Throughout the pageant, the audience was asked to join the cast in song. When the students began “This Little Light of Mine” and each had a candle that lit the stage, the audience was spellbound. When the cast and audience sang “Let There be Peace on Earth”, the power of the Christmas spirit was felt by all in attendance.
Bishop Caggiano applauded the students and staff and announced “that I am now ready for Christmas!”