St. Jude School in Chattanooga recently celebrated its 55th anniversary with a variety of events that reflected the spirit of its founding in 1960.
Superintendent Sister Mary Marta Abbott, RSM, joined the students for a Mass with school Mass songs from the 1960s. Students and teachers alike dressed for the decade, enjoyed a delicious cake, participated in a “Happening” and Peace Rally and concluded the afternoon with an American Bandstand Dance Contest.
Betty Anne Neal with Catholic Charities joined the students that afternoon to thank them for the collection of much-needed pantry products that was conducted as part of the celebration.
A Saturday parish Mass was dedicated to the school’s anniversary, with a potluck dinner following.
Former students, families, staff, and Father Joe Brando came back to participate in the special occasion.
The following prayer was written for the occasion: “Lord, bless the souls all of those who 55 years ago met above a drug store in Red Bank and affected the founding of St. Jude School. Bless all current and former students, faculty, staff, and families. Bless St. Jude Parish for unending support. And Lord accept our gratitude for the grace you have given all of us who have been privileged to be a part of the St. Jude School family.” ■