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Chatham St. Patrick Students Celebrate Holy Week in Colorful Fashion


St. Patrick School continued its annual tradition of presenting “A Way of the Cross” on Wednesday, March 28, augmented this year with the Guatemalan “carpet tradition.”

In Central American countries during Holy Week, beautiful street carpets made of sand and sawdust are created and decorated with plants and flowers, called alfombras. In Antigua, Guatemala it is custom to prepare beautifully decorated carpets to line the streets for (Semana Santa) Holy Week and Easter processions. Following this custom, seventh graders utilized colorful paper carpets to line the sidewalk of the walkway from the school to the church, enabling parishioners to experience “Alfomfras de Acerrin”. 

As visitors arrived at St. Patrick Church, they walked over brightly colored carpets to the Church door. Once they entered the church, students, parents, and parishioners joined the prayerful silence as seventh graders combined song and scripture for a most solemn reflection on Jesus’ Passion and death.  The impact of their prayerful performance lingered as, at its conclusion, those who witnessed this presentation left church in a spontaneous silent procession.  A St. Patrick parent summarized the mass, “I find the Stations of the Cross to be such a powerful experience …It was incredibly moving.”

Saint Patrick School, accredited by AdvancED, is a co-educational, parochial elementary school for students in preschool through eighth grade. The school has been nationally recognized as a United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School, and a Diocese of Paterson Star School. Saint Patrick School is also a STEM school that promotes student critical thinking and application throughout the curriculum in all grades.


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