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Queen of Apostles School celebrates 50th Anniversary

Queen of Apostles School celebrates 50th Anniversary

September 2014

August 23 wasn’t just an ordinary day at Queen of Apostles Church in San Jose. The campus was bustling with excitement and festivities. Parishioners, alumni and current students and their families came together to celebrate 50 years of quality Catholic education at their beloved school.
The day began with Mass presided by Diocese of San Jose Bishop Patrick J. McGrath. Fathers Thuc Si Ho and Reynaldo Sarmiento were also in attendance. Principal Marty Chargin introduced the liturgy and former principal Marianna Willis proclaimed the first reading. Parent Advisory Council President Bea Scott led the assembly in the responsorial psalm. Deacon Steven Herrera recounted his memories of the school and mentioned pastors who had supported the school. He made special mention of Father Jim Mifsud whose unrelenting support for the school helped shape it into what it is today, a community of caring Christians. Alumni students, Max Amicarelli, Jake Amicarelli, Eric Matsumoto and Lana Talaich read prayers. Students demonstrated their respect and connection with the school by wearing their uniforms to Mass.

The celebration continued immediately following Mass. Guests were invited to lunch in the courtyard where there was a DJ playing music selections past and present. There were entertaining activities for the children throughout the campus. With more than 300 guests in attendance, old and new stories were recounted and discovered. New friends were made and old friendships rekindled.
As Father Thuc recovered from his adventure on one of the Astro Jump slides, he stated “What a way to celebrate and unite people. We should do this every year!”

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