Bishop Makes a “Thanksgiving” Visit to St. Rose of Lima School

NEWTOWN—Bishop Frank Caggiano celebrated Thanksgiving a few days early at St. Rose of Lima School.

His visit centered around the celebration of Mass, where he spoke to the children about the first Thanksgiving.

The bishop told the children that the historic moment of the first Thanksgiving teaches us “to be mindful that everything we have is a gift from God, that it is important to come together to share our gifts, and that meal times are sacred moments of giving thanks.”

“Most importantly, it is the meal we share at the Eucharistic table, the presence of Jesus in His body and blood, soul and divinity, that gives us our greatest hope,” the bishop said.

At the conclusion of Mass, Sr. Colleen Smith, ASCJ, Principal of St. Rose of Lima, shared with the Bishop the various service projects the students of St. Rose will be doing throughout the year, including visiting nursing homes and bringing homemade lap blankets, collecting for Morning Glory breakfast program for the poor in Danbury, and making sandwiches for the homeless.

After Mass, Bishop Caggiano and Dr. Steven Cheeseman, Superintendent of Schools, visited several classes at the school.

The children were excited to share about all the blessings for which they are grateful.

Bishop Caggiano’s visit to St. Rose then took him to the site of the groundbreaking for the new FAITH Food Pantry, where he blessed the building, already under construction, scheduled to open in the spring of 2018.

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Photos by Michelle Babyak

Celebration of Mass

Classroom Visit