St. Mary’s students excelled during bishop’s Easter mass
Two hundred students of St. Mary’s Institute in Amsterdam descended on St. Mary’s Church to participate in a Eucharistic celebration led by Howard J. Hubbard, bishop of Albany, on March 12.
The beautifully decorated church hosted a taping of the Mass that will air on Easter Sunday so that the homebound and others can share in this most special celebration within the Catholic Church, the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
I am sure Bishop Hubbard was pleased and thankful to see so many future church followers and leaders in the pews. The students from grades kindergarten through eight were marvelously well-behaved and reverent throughout the celebration. They were well-represented in the modern chorus led by Rachelle Cotugno, and four students performed the altar service duties during the procession and Mass. Bishop Hubbard must certainly be appreciative of their efforts and the example they set.
Hats off to Giovanni Virgiglio, principal at St. Mary’s, and to the teachers who shepherded the students to and from church. Those present witnessed the fruits of their hard work, not only in the planning and preparation of this event, but the values imbued in each student at St. Mary’s Institute.
‘March Madness’ showed true school spirit
I attended the March Madness Teacher vs. Teacher basketball tournament at Scotia-Glenville High School on March 8, put on by the district’s Parent and Teacher Association.
I just wanted to say how wonderful it was to see parents, teachers, faculty and staff united in such a great event for all of the elementary schools in our district. Playing basketball together in a competitive, yet fun, tournament was a pleasure to see.
In these days of financial stress for all school districts, its easy to lose sight of the basics of our community: friends and neighbors coming together to support their schools. Nice job, Scotia-Glenville!
The writer is a village trustee.