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Jocelyn Brenot, 6, prays during Mass at John XXIII Catholic Elementary in Middletown Friday, April 25, 2014. The school held a special Mass to recognize the upcoming canonization of the school's namesake, Pope John Paul XXIII.
Jocelyn Brenot, 6, prays during Mass at John XXIII Catholic Elementary in Middletown Friday, April 25, 2014. The school held a special Mass to recognize the upcoming canonization of the school's namesake, Pope John XXIII. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)

Staff Report

The John XXIII school community came together for a special Mass on April 24, after which students donned their “Follow us to Sainthood T-shirts for the school’s first walk-a-thon to raise funds in support of good works in the spirit of Blessed John XXIII. 

Students at John XXIII Catholic Elementary in Middletown receive ribbons for each lap they complete during a walk-a-thon at the school Friday, April 25, 2014. The school held the walk-a-thon and a special Mass to recognize the upcoming canonization of the school's namesake, Pope John XXIII. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Students at John XXIII Catholic Elementary in Middletown receive ribbons for each lap they complete during a walk-a-thon at the school Friday, April 25, 2014. The school held the walk-a-thon and a special Mass to recognize the upcoming canonization of the school's namesake, Pope John XXIII. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, a real teachable moment in history,” said Dawn Pickerill, principal. “It’s a chance for the students, for all of us, to learn more about what John XXIII did in his lifetime that led to his becoming pope, what we can take away from his example and incorporate into our own lives.”

The students were also to take part in a writing project based on a quote from the pope’s autobiography, Journey of a Soul: “I will not forget that I am never alone, even when I am by myself…”

John XXIII school came into existence in June of 1973 with the consolidation of three other Middletown Catholic schools — Holy Trinity, St. Mary and St. John — into one. The school was named after the former pontiff almost 10 years to the day after his death.

Father John Civille welcomes the students and visitors to John XXIII Catholic Elementary in Middletown for Mass Friday, April 25, 2014. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
Father John Civille welcomes the students and visitors to John XXIII Catholic Elementary in Middletown for Mass Friday, April 25, 2014. (CT Photo/E.L. Hubbard)
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