SOMERVILLE, NJ - Immaculata High School recently hosted its first Legacy Breakfast for alumni parents and their children currently enrolled in the Immaculate Conception Parish’s K-12 school system.
Only 25 parishes nationwide have a K-12 program; the Somerville-based parish has been educating students at Immaculate Conception School since 1957 and at Immaculata High School since 1962. Nearly 100 alumni currently have students in one or both schools.
“Our Legacy Breakfast was a gesture to thank our alumni parents for their commitment to Catholic education. But it was also to recognize the value these alumni have placed on the education that they received at these two schools, so much so that they wanted their children to have the same experience,” said Stacey Mezzacca Geary’91, Advancement Associate, who coordinated the program.
“While work commitments prevented many from attending, the response was very strong for a first-time event. We started the morning in the Immaculata Chapel for Mass, followed up with a group picture, and then shared lots of memories, as we enjoyed the refreshments.”
Anna Trapani Ferreira ’80, whose daughter is a student at ICS, was pleased to attend. “When I visit Immaculata High School, I think of family and tradition. Being in the Immaculata Chapel feels like home. It makes me think of my siblings, my parents, other family members who attended IHS and the friends that I made and still have until this day.
“Having my daughter following in my footsteps is such a special feeling and I’m glad she was able to be with me for the Legacy Breakfast, she added. I hope this will be a new tradition to celebrate with my daughter and husband. I know she will experience special relationships just like I did. Friends become family at IHS.”
Kate Schmeider McCabe’92, who has children at both schools, echoed Anna’s sentiments.
“What was so poignant was the continuity of the experiences from each Spartan, the great friendships we made, the fulfilling services we accomplished, and the Spartan Spirit weeks we all enjoyed,” Schmeider said. “As we were walking out, we each said to one another ‘Yes, those were four of the greatest years of our lives and we are so grateful that we can give our kids the opportunity to experience the same!’”
Principal Jean Kline, herself an Immaculata graduate, along with her husband, two daughters, and four family members, addressed the gathering.
“There is no greater tribute to Immaculate Conception and Immaculata High School than when alumni choose to send their children to their alma mater. We take immense pride in educating generations of ICS and IHS families,” Kline said.
“It is so gratifying to hear how our graduates have embraced our school’s four pillars (faith, scholarship, service, and friendship) and how they encourage these concepts with their children. Our legacy parents are the part of the Spartan heritage and traditions that make our schools extraordinary and we look forward to seeing more legacy parents next year.”