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Our Lady of Ransom, St. William to honor their soon-to-close schools

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Our Lady of Ransom Ro­man Cath­ol­ic Church, at 6701 Cal­vert St. in Castor Gar­dens, will hold a Mass of Thanks­giv­ing on Sunday, June 3, at 11 a.m., to hon­or the par­ish school that will close next month.

All pa­rish­ion­ers, school fam­il­ies, stu­dents, teach­ers, staff, alumni and friends are in­vited.

Fol­low­ing the Mass, there will be re­fresh­ments and tours of the school.

An Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia blue rib­bon com­mis­sion on Jan. 6 re­com­men­ded that Our Lady of Ransom close, with the stu­dents mov­ing on to Re­sur­rec­tion of Our Lord, at Castor and Shelmire av­en­ues in Rhawn­hurst. The com­mis­sion cited de­clin­ing en­roll­ment.

Re­sur­rec­tion did not ap­peal the re­com­mend­a­tion, but Our Lady of Ransom did. The ap­peal failed, and the Our Lady of Ransom stu­dents will at­tend Re­sur­rec­tion Re­gion­al Cath­ol­ic School be­gin­ning in Septem­ber.

For more in­form­a­tion on Sunday’s events, call 215-332-6166. 

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St. Wil­li­am Par­ish, at Rising Sun and Rob­bins av­en­ues in Lawndale, will hon­or the leg­acy of its school with a Mass and open house on Sunday, June 10. The Mass will be cel­eb­rated at noon, fol­lowed by the open house in both school build­ings from 1 to 4 p.m.

All alumni, friends, neigh­bors, fam­il­ies and past and present fac­ulty and pa­rish­ion­ers are in­vited to re­live memor­ies, re­con­nect with one an­oth­er and tour the school one more time.

Pic­tures and news clip­pings com­mem­or­at­ing the leg­acy will be on dis­play.

There will be a disc jockey and a Castle Bounce. Light re­fresh­ments such as hot dogs, pop­corn, cot­ton candy and soda will be for sale for at nom­in­al prices.

An Arch­diocese of Phil­adelphia blue rib­bon com­mis­sion re­com­men­ded that St. Wil­li­am close, and that its pu­pils at­tend St. Cecil­ia. St. Cecil­ia ap­pealed the re­com­mend­a­tion and won the right to re­main a par­ish school. St. Wil­li­am did not ap­peal and will close on June 15.

Pu­pils are be­ing en­cour­aged to at­tend St. Cecil­ia, Present­a­tion BVM or St. Mar­tin of Tours. After some early in­terest in Present­a­tion, most of the pu­pils have de­cided to move on to St. Cecil­ia. ••

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