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Saint Mary's Academy Alumnae Association
March, 2015
 (Vol. 2, Number 12) 
Dear Alumnae:

Please enjoy a Palm Sunday reflection from our Chaplain here at Bishop Ireton.

One of the richest experiences of our faith happens annually through the celebration of Holy Week. If you have not celebrated the "whole package" you're missing out on one of the most beautiful parts of our fPalm Sundayaith and the best way to complete your annual Lenten journey. Part of what makes the suffering of Lent bearable is the promise of joy come Easter Sunday. The benefit of Holy Week is that it condenses that pilgrimage, and that promise of joy into a vivid demonstration of faith through worship. The very liturgy we celebrate is an expression of the moments where Christ meets us and shows us the depth of His love.


Consider for a moment how Jesus experiences Holy Week. He speaks to the people about "having come to fulfill the Law." In the Jewish tradition, according to the Torah, the Hebrew people were to select a lamb from the flock on the "tenth day of the month of Nisan", observe it for four days, declare it innocent, sacrifice it and celebrate the Passover Supper. Palm Sunday is the tenth of Nisan. It is the day the Passover lambs enter Jerusalem. While those lambs are being observed for four days, we see Jesus being carefully watched by the Pharisees in the Temple area. When Jesus is arrested after the Last Supper he is declared innocent by Pontius Pilate. Then-in the familiar narrative-He offers himself freely on the cross, sacrificing himself to save us from our sins. This is what is so important for us when we pray "Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world." Jesus shows himself to be the Lamb of God, the Passover sacrifice.


When you journey through Holy Week this year, walk with our Lord. Experience the joy of shouting "Hosanna!" on Palm Sunday. Walk with Jesus through the beauty of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday when Jesus establishes the Priesthood, the Eucharist, and the commandment to "Love one another". At the end of Holy Thursday, there is a beautiful tradition to make a pilgrimage to 7 churches and pray at each one before midnight. As the Church remembers via fasting and abstinence, the sadness and sorrows of Jesus' Passion, take time to visit your parish and do the Stations of the Cross, or see what other events they may be doing. I find that by spending quality time during Holy Week preparing for Easter with the Church, I avoid a lot of what disheartens people during an excessively stressful day!


Inspired by the journey of Lent, may your Easter be filled with the bright promise of joy at Christ's Resurrection!  

 Fr. Ed Bresnahan


Have a Blessed Palm Sunday, 
~Joanne Mazzarella Schiefer,'71, President
Looking for Classmates - 50th Reunion
Barbara Woodland Fleming, SMA 1965 is looking for classmates and help in putting together a 50th reunion event.  Her sister, Helen Woodland Hager, SMA 1975 is busy starting the "legwork" but could really use some help.  If you are a member of the Class of 1965 or know of any members, please have them contact Helen at hager7615@gmail.com.


Holy Cross In Loving Memory...Sister M. Edmund, CSC
(Agnes Catherine Beckerich)
Birth: November 10, 1905
Profession: August 15, 1928
Death: January 14, 2000

"Just thought I would share this update that I received about Sr. M. Edmund who provided quiet support & loving understanding through school and into the mid 70's when we lost touch. I am eternally grateful for the impact she had on my life."

Patti (Messler) Cafarella, SMA 1965 

"Hi, Patty.  Below is a short biography on Sister Edmund to let you know she has gone to her God. Even when she was retired and lived here at Saint Mary's, she became a good friend of the security personnel. They even make her an "honorary" security guard and gave her a badge to wear. She would ride around campus doing rounds with them.  A good lady!


Sister M. Edmund (Agnes Catherine Beckerich) was born in South Bend, Indiana, November 10, 1905, the daughter of Paul Beckerich and Emma Genard.  She entered the Congregation, December 27, 1922.  She received the Habit, August 15, 1923, and made Final Profession, August 15, 1928.  She died at Saint Mary's Convent, Notre Dame, Indiana, January 14, 2000, and is interred in Our Lady of Peace Cemetery, Notre Dame, Indiana.


Sister Edmund was a teacher. Following her 48 years of teaching she was an active volunteer at the University of Notre Dame Infirmary, "The Solitude" in Columba Hall, on the campus of Notre Dame, and in the nursing homes of Michiana.  She spent time in Niles, Michigan at the Paul Stephan Nursing Home.  Then she would visit Michigan Skilled Care and schools and homes in Saint Mary's Parish."


Sister Jeanette Fettig, CSC

Director of Archives & Records

101 Bertrand Hall-Saint Mary's

Notre Dame IN   46556-5000

Email: Jeanette@cscsisters.org 

Tel: 574-284-5886

Fax: 574-284-5900

Mobile:  574-274-3914

Web: www.cscsisters.org


Please visit the Sisters of the Holy Cross webpage for further information. Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of the Holy Cross Ministry With the Poor Fund, Saint Mary's, Notre Dame, IN 46556.
Please know that we have a 'home" at Bishop Ireton High School.  And, remember, keep in touch.  We would love to know what our alumnae are doing and how we can serve our alumnae in any way we can. 


Joanne Mazzarella Schiefer, '71, President(schieferj@bishopireton.org)
Sue Nelson Sargent, '72, Vice President (sgt_1976@yahoo.com)
Kay Deir Green, '82, Secretary (kaydeir@verizon.net
Nicole DiLorenzo, '89, Treasurer (DiLorenz@bishopireton.org)
Christine Stegmaier Byrnes, '71, Membership Chair (byrnesc@aol.com)

In This Issue
Alumni Bowling Night

5th Annual Bowling Night vs. Paul VI Alumni
On a chilly evening, February 12, 2015, thirty BI and SMA Alumni enjoyed a fun-filled evening with friends and fellowship at our annual bowling competition.  PVI squeaked by BI, but the camaraderie was unbeatable!  Your SMA alumnae were well represented with two members of the SMAAA board present: Joanne Mazzarella Schiefer, President; and, Christine Stegmaier Byrnes, Membership Chair, both SMA '71. Joining them was classmate, Peggy Brophy Jensen, along with other SMA alumnae Gretchen Schrote Rhedmon, '78 and  Angelita Martinez Flint, '74. 

We'll get 'em next year and bring the Bishop's Cup back home to BI!
SMA Class of '71
SMA Class of '71
Sr. Dorothy Anne


Last month's newsletter had an article about Sr. Dorothy Anne "DA".  I just wanted to share that in September of 2004, she was at our Class of 1964 40th Reunion Luncheon. She said it was the only reunion she had ever attended. Michele Valeri brought her to the event from the hospital she was working at entering records into the computer system. She was such a hit and remembered each of us by name-- I think she said we were her first class at SMA, but I'm not sure. I remember that she took us to NYC for our senior trip to see two shows on Broadway. Don't think seniors do that anymore (?)  


As Ever,

Barb Gross. '65   

September 2015 "Tea"

Mark your calendars and save the date: Sunday, September 20, 2015 at Bishop Ireton High School. Mass will be 1:00 p.m. with a high tea to follow. All are welcome. If you have new, or revised contact information, please send us an email so you will be kept up to date on all our activities.
Email Nicole DiLorenzo at:

Mary Ellen Fannon Feeney, SMA 1942, passed away peacefully in her longtime home in Alexandria, VA on March 9, 2015. A member of St. Mary's Church, she was married to William R. (Bill) Feeney and was the daughter of the late Francis H. Fannon and Dorothy Knight Fannon, SMA 1916.  She was the sister of Dorothy Fannon Markham, SMA 1948 and the loving mother of five children, including: Dorothy Feeney Arehart, SMA 1963; Jeff Feeney, BI 1969; and, Gail Feeney-Coyle, SMA 1971. Donations may be made in her name to Christ House Emergency Shelter, 131 S. West Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.


Membership Dues
Your yearly dues of $10.00 help to offset the costs of our annual event(s).  Please feel free to send in your dues at any time of the year.  Payment should be made payable to: St. Mary's Academy Alumnae Association, and mailed to: Nicole DiLorenzo, Treasurer, SMAAA, c/o Bishop Ireton High School, 201 Cambridge Road, Alexandria, VA 22314  (703) 751-7606.

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