Students from St. Rose Grammar School assist in the Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop O’Connell Oct. 8.

Many school and parish communities refer to themselves as “a family” given the experiences they share resemble a familial bond.

At St. Rose Grammar School, Belmar, alumni, faculty, administrators and students all spoke of that sense of family when the school celebrated its’100th anniversary during a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., Oct. 3 in St. Rose Church.

Bishop O’Connell reflected on the legacy of St. Rose and the Gospel of Luke in his homily.

Bishop O’Connell reflected on the legacy of St. Rose and the Gospel of Luke in his homily.

“Seed,” as Luke’s Gospel explains, “that has fallen on good soil,” where this school has enabled the “word to be heard and embraced with good and generous hearts.”  St. Rose School has, indeed, and please God, will continue to “bear fruit through perseverance.”

“St. Rose has always been an integral part of my life,” said Bridget Killeen, alumna and first grade teacher.

“My mom went here in 1956 when it was just the red brick building [and] my sister, brother and I all graduated from the both elementary and the high schools. My husband and his six siblings all graduated from here and now my children are here in the grammar school.”

Colleague Cindy Fluhr attended the event with her family as both a faculty member and alumna.

“My history with St. Rose goes way back, my grandparents went here, my parents went here, my aunt went here.  My two children are here and two have graduated. And now I teach here!”

The celebration provided the opportunity to share stories from St. Rose over the years, with many attendees sharing some of their favorite memories.

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