Reunion Report: Class of 1969

Central Catholic Class of 1969, celebrated its 50 year class reunion on Saturday, August 17, at the Holiday Inn, East Mountain.  During the reunion, 35 deceased classmates were memorialized. On the day of the reunion, a Mass for the intentions of the living and deceased members of the Class of 1969 was celebrated at the Church of St Ignatius, Kingston.  On June 10th, fifty years to the date of their graduation, classmates toured Good Shepherd Academy, the former Central Catholic/Bishop O’Reilly High School followed by a memorial Mass at St Ignatius.

Class of ’68 Reunion Update

The Kingston Central Catholic High School Class of 1968 is planning a 50th Class Reunion to be held July 21st 2018. The committee needs contact information for several class members. If you or someone you know has not been contacted, please call John Gildea 570-287-0168 or Patty Kondrak Kopec 570-709-7203.

What is progressive change? Central Catholic tackles the question.

Progressive change was on the minds of students, teachers, and parents throughout the 1972-1973 school year. The world was rapidly changing, and locally, Northeastern Pennsylvanians were still dealing with the aftermath of the Agnes flood. The ’73 Queen incorporated many quotes from Central Catholic teachers and administrators regarding their attitudes toward progressive change. Here’s a sampling:

In loving memory of Ian Pope

The Holy Redeemer community is deeply saddened to report the death of Ian Pope, a member of the Class of 2010.  Ian was killed on Tuesday December 23, 2008, afternoon in an automobile accident in Edwardsville. We all know how great of a person Ian was. He made every person he knew feel great. He treated his friends  like his family and he will be missed very much by us all.

For anyone who wishes to know Ian’s wake well be on Friday December 26th from 5:30 pm to 9:00 at St. Nick’s and the funeral will be Saturday December 27th at 8:30AM under St. Nicks Church for the Funeral

The school is asking for all students planning to attend the wake  and the funeral to wear their winter uniforms…please show your support and love for such a great kid like Ian Pope…! We will never forget someone as great as Ian!

Choice Melodies Accent Springtime Glee Concert

The year was 1973. The program read, Central Catholic Glee Club presents “I Believe in Music.” The cover depicted the 350 members of the Glee Club. This is how it began for an anxious audience. It ended with applause and praise for the members and their director Sister Martin Marie, I.H.M.

The 1973 spring concert highlighted individual talent both in solo and group performance. “The Gift of Song” featured a lovely melody accompanied by the beautiful strains of a flute played by Theresa Chopko. An all-female group provided a lovely rendition of “Three Hungarian Folk Songs,” and at the intermission the audience was treated to selections from “No, No, Nanette.” The strutters performed a snappy Charleston routine to “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” The final number, “Anthem for Spring,” featured a special ballet group.

Vocal soloists were Jerome Stone, Doreen Menta, and Susan Shorts. Ann Marie Zarella starred in a dance interpretation of “Born Free.” Tradition followed true to form when the senior couples waltzed to the fantasy music of “Ten Minutes Ago.” When the imaginary curtain fell, applause resounded throughout the Central Catholic auditorium in recognition of a splendid presentation.

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On a side note, the first annual Holy Redeemer Spring Concert featured a Senior Waltz, carrying on the glorious Central Catholic/Bishop O’Reilly tradition. The waltz was directed by Mr. Thomas Hanlon. If anyone has any photos to share of this year’s senior waltz or memories of school years past, please email me.