On November 21, Saint Clare School hosted approximately 200 V.I.P. guests. Grandparents, Godparents, parents, alumni, and mentors all gathered in the church, excited to sit next to their student. Saint Clare School was honored to have Bishop Oscar Cantú preside over the Mass. At the end of the Mass, Bishop Cantú gave a special blessing to all V.I.P.s.
A reception was held after Mass. Bishop Cantú welcomed all guests and relayed the importance of and support for Catholic education. During the reception, guests were treated to a singing performance by the Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten classes. Cecile Mantecón, Saint Clare School Principal, also welcomed special guests; some of whom were visiting from Mexico, the East Coast and even Canada. Mrs. Mantecón discovered one of the eldest V.I.P. alumni attendees: Kathleen Ravizza-Kowal, graduated from Saint Clare School in 1953. Mrs. Kowal’s deceased mother, Elva Josephine Cabral-Ravizza, also graduated from Saint Clare School in 1924. The Catholic family tradition continues with Mrs. Kowal’s twin granddaughters currently attending Saint Clare School.
Following the reception, the V.I.P.s were escorted to respective classrooms, where they interacted with students. In conclusion of the day, the V.I.P.s were presented with a handmade lantern of appreciation in reflection of, “Come, live in the light of Christ!” This is the Saint Clare School theme for the 2019-2020 school year.