Article by Katherina Palion ’16:
On Wednesday, November 25, Kellenberg held the annual Thanksgiving Mass and Alumni Brunch for all alumni returning home for the Thanksgiving holiday. The brunch is an excellent opportunity for alumni to come back and visit Kellenberg. For many, it is the first time returning to Kellenberg since graduation day.
Alumna Mary Byrne ’15 noted, “Seeing a lot of my old classmates and alumni who graduated before me was a great experience. After seven years of seeing alumni come back for this day, I finally got to be one of them too and be a part of this day as an alumna. I enjoyed seeing many people for the first time since June.”
Underclassmen had Mass in the cafeteria and gym, but alumni were welcome to attend Mass with the upperclassmen in the auditorium. To welcome back the alumni, Fr. Albert Bertoni, S.M., did his very well-known introduction in which he asks the audience to squiggle their toes before his homily. Senior Anna DiGiuseppe noted, “As a Eucharistic Minister, I greatly enjoyed being able to connect with the alumni through the communion of prayer. The Eucharist brings us all together, regardless of where we are in life.”
Following Mass, a special brunch for alumni was held. Paul Samson ’15 stated, “As a former S.A.L.T. and S.P.I.C.E. member, I really appreciate the hard work of Mr. Karchinski and S.A.L.T. The brunch was a pleasant thank-you for the alumni who returned for this special day.”
Throughout the day, alumni were welcome to visit friends and teachers. Many students recall the “alumni day” with great fondness. Sophomore Geena Sullivan said, “Though I did not know many seniors last year, I enjoyed seeing the ones that I did know. The enthusiasm that the alumni show for this day makes me excited for when I can be a returning alumna myself someday.”
A special thanks to all those alumni who came celebrated the day at Kellenberg.