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14 December 9, 2016 THE U.P. CATHOLIC CATHOLIC SCHOOLS www.upcatholic.org + Bishop James Powers & the Faithful of the Diocese of Superior, WI Bishop James Garland, Happy 85th Birthday! May God bless your health and ministry! Happy Birthday, Bishop Garland, from the parish families of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton of Bark River and St. Joseph Mission Church of Foster City. May your year be blessed with His peace and joy! BY VICTORIA LAFAVE Holy Spirit Catholic School (HSCS) in Nor- way celebrated its 50th Anniversary on Oct. 15, with a special Mass at St. Mary Parish in Norway, followed by a dinner at the school. Though the event is over and the mem- orabilia that was displayed at the dinner is packed away, the spirit and dedication that has remained with Holy Spirit Catholic School throughout its 50 years of existence is still very much alive, as was evident with the multi gen- erations who attended the event, said Diane Westrich, one of the event organizers. According to Westrich, many memories were shared throughout the evenings festivities. Entertainment by the youth choir under the direction of Cathy Spice, who has 30 years at HSCS, was another highlight of the evening. Two of the sisters who taught at HSCS in its earlier years attended the event and spoke at the dinner. Sister Mary Miller (formerly Sister Andrew Marie) and Sister Judy Vallimont (formerly Sister Maryrose) spoke of their warm welcome back to the school as they were greeted by HSCS Principal Melissa Menghini, and felt at home as they viewed the mosaic artwork done by Sister Arnolda (who is now 92 years old) who was the schools art teacher for 22 years. The biggest round of applause from the audi- ence came when the sisters voiced how pleased they were that the children were still learning cursive letter writing. They mentioned how humbling it was to see the children excited to have them visit, and how interested the stu- dents were in their stories about their days as teachers at HSCS. They also spoke to the character of the com- munity, the evident faith present in the Nor- way area, and the admiration for the ongoing support throughout the years by many people. They explained that the process of going from a single building in 1966, to becoming a school to be proud of today is due largely to the dedi- cation of many people. They noted that their students from the 1960s and 1970s are now grandparents or great-grandparents of many of todays HSCS students. Also during the dinner, recognition was giv- en to former and present school board mem- bers, principals, office staff, teachers, support staff, graduates and students. Clergy present for the evening were Msgr. James Kaczmarek (Immaculate Conception, Iron Mountain) and Father Michael Woempner (St. Mary Queen of Peace, Kingsford). As well as Father Timothy Ekaitis, pastor of St. Mary, Norway and St. Barbara, Vulcan. Many teachers, volunteers, and support staff were recognized by name. Special mention for his many years of service to HSCS was Ray Gat- tra, who passed away in 2015. Renee Pollard was applauded and recognized for her years of volunteering, serving on the school board, doing fundraising, pasty sales and much more. Jack Campbell, one of the many people who were instrumental in getting the school to open in Norway, briefly spoke about the inception of HSCS, and how it has evolved over the years. Back in the 1960s, Campbell personally wrote a hundred letters to different orders across the country asking for sisters to start a Catholic school. Shortly after that, Campbell says they were blessed to get three sisters from the Mis- sionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit from Illinois. Today, the school is named in honor of the Holy Spirit Sisters. Holy Spirit Catholic School celebrates golden anniversary VICTORIA LAFAVE Current Holy Spirit Catholic School students point to stories of the school from over the years during a special Mass and dinner commemorating the 50th anniversary of the school. From left to right are, Mayah Gilroy, Emma Dube, Grace Schiltz. CONTINUED ON PAGE 15

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