Saint Margaret Mary, RC Church
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Staten Island, New York   10306
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75th Diamond Anniversary Celebration; Page 1 of 6
On Sunday, October 16th, 2011 we celebrated the Feast Day of St. Margaret Mary and the 75th anniversary
of the dedication of our church building, completed in 1936 in its present structure and architecture, including
the addition of our bell tower.

There was a solemn Anniversary Mass of Thanksgiving at 12 noon with Reverend Monsignor James Dorney
(Vicar for Staten Island) as the principal celebrant. Concelebrating with the Monsignor was
Reverend Erno Diaz, Deacon Patrick Graham, Reverend Hyungsang Sung (Korean Apostolate) and prior pastors
Reverend Thomas Mullin and Reverend Robert Navins.
It was a joyous celebration highlighted with the Knights of Columbus (Manressa Council) Color Guard,
entrance Procession, Monsignor Dorney's heartfelt Homely, multilingual Petitions, Symbolic Gifts Offering,
and a presentation of flowers to St. Margaret Mary from the children. The St. Margaret Mary and
Korean Choirs made the celebration even richer.  
Click here to view the Mass Program.

An International Food Tasting Luncheon was held at the Olympia Activity Center immediately after the Mass.
This admission event featured a menu of foods from around the world donated by restaurants:
♦  Baskin Robbins        ♦  Hillside Market
♦  Go Go Souvlaki       ♦  Sudety Delicatessen
and delicious home made trays by:
♦  our Korean Parishioners
♦  Sister Amelia Cueva, Sister Norieta Tusi and Sister Mary Crucifix; Sisters of St John the Baptist
There was live music from Ziwoo Park (singer), Francesca Han (jazz pianist).  Other entertainment was provided by Stephan Park (sang)
and Father Diaz with our Philippines parishioners (danced).
We were honored to have Sisters and prior parishioners that hold a special place in
St. Margaret Mary’s history:
♦  Sister Barbara Heclo, Sr. of the Presentation; School Principal 2000 - 2006
♦  Sister Janet Dunn, Sr. of the Presentation
♦  Sister  Jane Wagner, Sr. of the Presentation
♦  Sister Rosemary Ward, Sr. of the Presentation
♦  Thomas Kneeshaw; the first child registered in the new school on September 14th, 1925
♦  Anne Kneeshaw-Mensing and Julia Kneeshaw-Hayesbeing; one of the first children
Baptized in the original Church.
Each attendee received a
Saint Margaret Mary Church 75th Diamond Anniversary Journal.

We would like to thank the 75th Anniversary Committee:
♦  Reverend Erno Diaz        ♦  Jerry LePre
♦  Bob Dennis                     ♦  Staci Memmesheimer
♦  Linda Clemenza               ♦  Stephan Park
♦  Joe Funk                         ♦  Peggy Rybarczyk
♦  Debbie Leone
and all the many volunteers that made these events such a success.
Thanks to all!

Enjoy the next few pages of pictures from the events. These pages have a number of images
and may take a moment to load and display

Here's a link to the Staten Island Advance ( reporting.

Note: Our celebration wasn't only fun and well received, it was very profitable.  As a result of the generosity of our parishioners and
those businesses that donated food, we were able to make a profit of $12,192.11; total collected (Journal Ads, Admission Tickets
and 50/50 Raffle) $19,005.00 - expenses of $6,812.89.
Offertory & Symbolic Gifts
St. Margaret Mary Choir; Barbara Regan - Music Minister, Peter
Leone, Rosa Romer, Kristin Reierson and Margaret R. Ellengold
75th Anniversary Banner
Patricia Seblano, Leader of Song
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Korean Parishioners Choir
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