SAINT PETER’S HALL OF SAINTS RETURNS
By: Jane Bornhorst, Our Parish Times, December 2021 Edition
From Saint Francis of Assisi to Saint Veronica, Patron Saint of Photography, holy saints dotted the blacktop at Saint Peter’s on November 2nd, when the school held its annual Hall of Saints in-person again after a hiatus in 2020.
Fourth graders in detailed costumes stood, six feet apart, with informative poster displays they made. They gave three-minute presentations on various saints, informing and delighting parents, grandparents, and guests with tales of the holy miracle-workers.
Blessed Virgin Mary held baby Jesus in her arms, Saint John the Baptist regaled listeners with the tale of his beheading, and Saint Patrick described how he had used a shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish people.
“I was so very proud of our fourth-grade students, who brought to life the good works of so many holy men and women, each of whom they exemplify here at school every day,” said Principal Vincent Spadoni, who is in his first year serving as the head of Saint Peter’s School.
The special event was the culmination of weeks of hard work done by the fourth graders, who researched the saints, made posters, created costumes, and wrote their presentations. The speeches included tidbits such as what each child most admired about his or her saint, and a question they would ask the saint if they could.
Mindy Saia, mother of two fourth graders, Capri and Marty, said she greatly enjoyed the Hall of Saints. “We were so surprised by the format of these presentations! It was a great idea, and each child did an amazing job presenting their saint. We learned so much from each of them.”