FAIRFIELD—On Friday, December 7, Notre Dame High School in Fairfield celebrated their second annual “Our Lady Day.” This was an all-day event celebrating our Blessed Mother, after whom our school is named, and the ND mission of building character, faith and intellect. Coming a day before the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a prayerful, motivational and enjoyable day was planned for students and faculty.
The day began in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit on the Sacred Heart University campus. Father Bob Crofut, assisted by Chaplain Deacon John DiTaranto, celebrated Mass. The world-famous Whippenpoofs from Yale University performed music during Mass and at a special concert following. In addition, nearly 65 current Notre Dame mothers attended the Mass with their children.
Following Mass, Orly Wabha, the founder of Life Vest Inside and a Ted Talk presenter, spoke to the student body about the power of kindness. With the school in the midst of its 26 Acts of Kindness campaign, Wabha’s talk was very well received.
Students then worked with Rise Against Hunger to prepare nearly 15,000 meals of rice which will be shipped to Africa to support those most in need. Students also completed Christmas crafts which will be shared with residents at local nursing homes.
To close out the day, the community again gathered in the gym for a special performance by the ND band, chorus and dance classes. Students and staff also received “Marian Awards” at the closing ceremony, highlighting those who embody the spirit of Notre Dame and a commitment to their faith.