It’s been almost one half century since the St. Paul Catholic High School yearbook championed their first graduating class. “They conceived a school… in a breakthrough of thought…,” reads the 1970 Kaleidoscope, “minds opened as the ground broke… and spirit grew.”
This year marks the 50 years since that group’s freshman year (1966), and the school will kick-off their 50th anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 17 with a “Welcome Home Weekend” to kick off a year-long celebration. A pre-game picnic with music provided by Cajun Ray and the Steamers, a home football game against Holy Cross High School, and guided tours of the school’s campus will take place throughout the day.
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the weekend continues with a 50th anniversary opening mass and reception, at 1 p.m., at St. Gregory the Great Church at 235 Maltby St. in Bristol with an outdoor reception to follow. Archbishop Emeritus, Henry J. Mansell will be the principal celebrant.
“In our 50th year, St. Paul is a vibrant, faith-based, college-preparatory, learning community serving 450 students from over 35 communities in central Connecticut and international countries,” officials said in a school press release. “We foster a culture defined by our five core values: faith, character, community, excellence, and service. We strive to achieve our vision to be a truly great Catholic high school every day. Convinced that greatness involves constant improvement, we consistently aim to reach new heights in academics, athletics, and the arts, while strengthening our fellowship, engaging in service to others, and cultivating our relationship with God. Our resiliency and growth along our journey is a living testament to those who genuinely care about this special place.”