Louise Catania '77C

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Thank you to Chaplain Bonner-Stewart for asking me to give the word of the day during the season of Advent. As the daughter of an Episcopal minister, it brings me great joy to speak to you from the pulpit. I want to start with the legend of La Befana. She is the Italian Christmas witch. She is like our Santa Claus. I had never heard of her until I married Papa Joe Catania. As you know he is of Italian descent. Here's her story.

La Befana was at home one day, cooking and cleaning when she heard a knock at the door and when she opened it there stood three kings. Behind them was a large group of villagers who had joined the wise men along their journey to find the Christ child and worship him. The kings invited her as well to follow the star and seek the Christ with them so that they can worship him and give him gifts, but she declined because she had too much cooking and housework to do. And she shut the door.

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Corina Argiry '20

I was nervously anticipating this moment at the District C Pitch Night – our recommendations could either strike the right chord with the company or go horribly wrong. Critiquing an established company in front of their managing director was a challenging task, especially when providing honest feedback about how they could improve.

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Maddison Wooten '19 and Dora Yang '19

In Saint Mary's School Thanksgiving Chapel on November 13, seniors Maddison Wooten and Dora Yang reflected on what they are grateful for this Thanksgiving season.

Maddison: Reflecting on our shared memories over the years, from the first time we met each other, to now, and everything in between, we realized that we oftentimes forget to intentionally appreciate these experiences. Additionally, in reflection, we have recognized how our experiences come together and make us into the people we are now. And for that, we are grateful. So, as we approach Thanksgiving, we thought we'd share some stories of our experiences and our gratefulness with you all today.

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Rim Metina-Belknap '19

I am so excited to welcome you to the 80th Anniversary Orchesis Dance Theatre Concert being performed on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2 p.m. Our Saturday performance includes a one-of-a-kind celebratory reunion piece featuring not only current Orchesis Dance Theatre members but Orchesis Dance Theatre alumnae as well!

We have 14 dancers who are currently members of the Orchesis Dance Theatre company. I would like to recognize as first-time Orchesis members Cokie Daniel '22, Rebekah Elam '22, Riley English '21, Chloe Lias '22, and Sims Roberson '21.

We are extremely excited about Orchesis Dance Theatre alumnae joining us in concert! Orchesis alumnae have helped build and transform Orchesis over the years and continue to support the company. We are truly thankful for and indebted to you for your constant support. Thank you!

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Wilder Semans '20 and Annabel Semans '22

On Thursday, October 25, 2018, a group of Saint Mary's students attended a book talk about Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement, written by the founders of the March for Our Lives movement. Two of the authors, Delaney Tarr '18 and Sarah Chadwick '19, of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., spoke on a panel moderated by North Carolina State University professor Rupert Nacoste.

In their book, Glimmer of Hope, each member of the organization speaks on a different aspect of their journey. This approach allows the unique voices of each activist to be heard and appreciated. As Sarah and Delaney, both survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, clearly expressed, this is important because it takes a group of passionate and diverse people to create a movement. Both girls emphasized to the audience that they were simply ordinary teenagers who had gone through a terrible ordeal and decided to do something about it. In fact, the March for Our Lives movement started with 25 teenagers sitting on a living room floor. Any one of us with a drive for justice could do the same.

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