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SCHOOL ANNIVERSARY STORY

Grand time at Notre Dame’s big anniversary celebration

Hundreds enjoy great food and the NDP jazz band on Oct. 20 under the big top.
Hundreds enjoy great food and the NDP jazz band
on Oct. 20 under the big top.

A weekend of celebration ended Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, as the caterer tucked away the last of the table linens for his next event. But it might be hard for his next event to top what happened at Notre Dame during the two days of its "Grand Anniversary Celebration."

NDPMA's head of school Fr. Leon Olszamowski's vision for a "grand" celebration of a number of milestones came to life October 19-20 on Notre Dame's Pontiac campus after much planning, hard work and accommodating weather. Hundreds of alumni, parents, children and staff enjoyed food, drink, music and a general good vibe on the grounds of a school that continues to flourish and grow.

The event celebrated five different important milestones in the history of Notre Dame:

  • the 150-year anniversary of the Marist Fathers Apostolate in the United States;
  • the 60-year anniversary of Notre Dame High School;
  • the 45-year anniversary of Pontiac/Oakland Catholic;
  • the 20-year anniversary of Notre Dame Preparatory School and Marist Academy; and
  • the 10-year anniversary of Notre Dame Marist Academy - Lower Division.

The two days of celebration kicked off with an alumni event Saturday night, Oct. 19, featuring a catered dinner and music supplied by a blues-rock band fronted by two Notre Dame High School alums, and an all-family Mass and pig roast on Sunday.

"Today is a day of fulfilled mystery and great joy to many, including our loving God," Olszamowski said during the Sunday celebration. "Please enjoy our Marist hospitality. We thank you all for your wonderful support of this great Catholic school founded in honor of Our Lady 20 years ago."

Please visit Notre Dame Preparatory School's Website.

Frs. Joe Hindelang and Jim Strasz concelebrated a Mass on Oct. 20 in the school gymnasium.
Frs. Joe Hindelang and Jim Strasz
concelebrated a Mass on Oct. 20
in the school gymnasium.
New Our Lady of Mercy Chapel at Newman Center in San Luis Obispo
Fresh caramel corn and kettle corn were available at the family-fun day on Sunday.

 

 

Frs. Joe Hindelang and Jim Strasz concelebrated a Mass on Oct. 20 in the school gymnasium.
Notre Dame’s Grand Anniversary Celebration
included a blessing of its new lower division facility.
Notre Dame’s “Grand Anniversary Celebration” featured a number of activities for children, including balloon “sculpturing” by two clowns.
Notre Dame's "Grand Anniversary Celebration" featured a number of activities for children, including balloon "sculpturing" by two clowns.

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