St. Catherine’s parishioners celebrate centennial

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano with parishoners Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley. The James and Catherine Lucey Parish Hall is named in memory of the parents of Ms. O’Malley.

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano with parishoners Mary Alice and Thomas O’Malley. The James and Catherine Lucey Parish Hall is named in memory of the parents of Ms. O’Malley.

More than 250 members of St. Catherine of Siena celebrated triple digits at the church’s 100th anniversary gala Centennial Dinner on Sept. 28.

The dinner was one of numerous activities held during the centennial year that included a Centennial Mass and reception, an interfaith panel discussion, a Mozart concert, a trip to Italy and a choral concert featuring the a cappella ensemble Chanticleer. All of the year’s events honored the diversity and breadth of the parish and its parishioners.

Billed as “An Evening in Siena,” the Centennial Dinner celebrated the beauty, pageantry and culture of Siena, Italy, birthplace of the parish patroness, St. Catherine. Guests were welcomed into an Italian courtyard, replete with a fountain, grape arbor and beds of lavender, while dinner tables were grouped into the ancient districts of Siena. Parish music director Mark Kaczmarczyk and cantor Abby Powell presented a selection of Italian arias, love songs and familiar favorites.

Aux Délices catered the Tuscan dinner and Billy and the Showmen entertained the attendees with Italian standards and dance music throughout the evening. A highlight was the staging of Il Palio, the centuries-old horse race that takes place each summer in the central Piazza of Siena.

“This was a great evening put together by a wonderfully talented team of parishioners,” said Eileen Grasso, chair of the Centennial Committee. “I think we truly captured the rich heritage and spirit of this great faith community.”

Msgr. Alan F. Detscher, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena, said, “I am proud to be the pastor of this wonderful community of people which now includes over 2,200 families. St. Catherine’s Church recently renovated and restored the spiritual home of this vibrant community. It is a place where God’s word is proclaimed, beautiful music and liturgy, intellectual challenge and personal connections nourish and inspire all who worship here.”

To learn more about the history of St. Catherine of Siena Parish and to view photos from this year’s centennial celebrations, visit Stcath.org.

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