To my astonishment, in the mail I found something very special that was sent to me by loyal Container Diary reader and contributer Paul K. I never had any doubt he was going to send it!
It’s a copy of the Church Bulletin from June of 1960! (He actually sent me a couple of different copies)
It is loaded with ad’s from local businesses, awesome biblical passages throughout, and best of all, the Honor Roll! (What I didn’t know is that MSGR. Francis X. Downing was not only the pastor, but he was the proud holder of a Ph.D!)
Listed in the bulletin there is an awesome essay written by Joseph P. Laruffa called, ‘WHAT AM I’? (I will post it in a later blog)
Remember the Honor Roll at school?
I’ll be honest, I never made it; sad right? Academia wasn’t first on my list of priorities.
During the 1960 school year under the Awards of Honor, from the graduating class, there are six awards;
1-The Monsignor O’Reilly Medal for GENERAL EXCELLENCE
Donald Schenk, Evelyn Jeanette Malfatone, John Nolan and Margaret Anne Whelan.
2-The Monsignor Vitta Medal for Religion
3-The Monsignor Flynn Medal for Social Studies
4-The Bishop Boardman Medal for English
5-The Margaret Desmond Medal for Mathematics
6-The Greater NY Savings Bank Medal for Citizenship
Also included is the winner of the Spelling Bee…Marie Inserra!
If I could do it all over, I’d study harder. I’d read more books, I’d write more essays, I’d listen carefully to the teacher and most of all, I would of made it a goal to be listed on the Honor Roll!
What an honor!
To conclude, on the last page of the Bulletin is a reminder labeled, ‘A Word to Parents’; the first line is as follows; Keep your children off the streets – especially at night.
The same message they were preaching 48 years ago is still going strong!