SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ -- Union Catholic opened its heart and its doors to the UC Community and shared its Christmas spirit in compassionate fashion on Tuesday night when it held its annual Tree of Lights Ceremony, which was followed by a Christmas Concert that showcased the talents of several UC students.

The Tree of Lights, hosted by Union Catholic's Parent Council, represents a living memorial and a way for the UC Community to honor and remember a friend or relative who has passed away.

Each light on the Tree of Lights is representative of the life of a loved one and a season-long reminder of those who have touched our lives. The names of loved ones were printed on a dove ornament, which were decorated by UC's National Art Honor Society, and placed on the Christmas tree in the main foyer. All those names were read aloud during the service, and the doves were then claimed after the ceremony by friends and family members.

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“This is one of the events that brings the whole Union Catholic Community together,’’
said Mrs. Allison Lestarchick, the Director of UC’s Parent Relations. “It brings alumni back and brings grandparents here, so there’s young people and older people all coming together. The loss of a loved one is something everyone has in common, and at Christmas time it’s always nice to remember our loved ones and know that they are still here with us. This ceremony is unique to Union Catholic where we are fortunate enough to embrace our love of Jesus and our faith.’’ is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily paper. Sign up for our daily eNews and follow us on Facebook and twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

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