St. Catharine School recognizes students at First Friday Mass

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St. Catharine School eighth grader, Grace Love, hugs her sister Giuliana, a kindergartener. On Friday, May 28 the school held its first and last in-person Mass of the school year, which honored the outgoing class of eighth-graders. PHOTO BY HOPE PATTI

SPRING LAKE — For St. Catharine School, Friday marked the first in-person Mass of the school year, as well as the last. 

Students, faculty and staff, and parents gathered outside in the school’s courtyard to recognize the student achievements, honor the outgoing eighth-grade class and reflect on the school year.

“Being here, all of us together, is something I have missed. I am so grateful for this day to be here, to be with all of you, to celebrate our faith and be together as a school community,” Principal Robert Dougherty said.

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“We’re going to take some time today to honor some exceptional efforts and also honor an exceptional group of students here.

“This is a bit of a bittersweet moment, particularly for our eighth-grade students. This is their last school Mass, but it’s also their first. It’s been a very unique year. Eighth grade, we’ve been fortunate to have you as members of our school as good leaders,” he said.

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