Brandon and Ruth Wedding Sneak Peek

Brandon and Ruth got married today at Zion Apostolic Assembly in McKeesport PA.

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I had the happy task to document their wedding day. Wishing them all the best, always.

Cakes and sweets by Miss Cheryl Lewis

 

St. Joseph at St. Michael in St. Augustine

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You might remember another St. Joseph Feast Day post  Carmela baked all of these breads

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 NPR story about zeppoles (pastry) – Providence Rhode Island at LaSalle Bakery

and click to read a collection of St. Joseph Day recipes at the New York Times

Mrs. Wozniak’s Very Last Day of School

The First Grade at Sacred Heart Elementary School is going to need to fill a very big hole, left by the retirement of Mrs. Wozniak.  I had the privilege of going to photograph and document her very last day of teaching First Grade.

Our sons met at this school in 1989 and are best friends still.

I got there before the children came into the classroom and got a tour of her room.  Each classroom has a different nationality theme and her classroom is Australia.

 

 

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All of the students walked to 8:30 mass, the church is next door. Father recognized Mrs. Wozniak before his homily and the cat was let out of the bag that she is retiring as the students did not know this information prior to his announcement.  The nice part was that it gave the older students a chance to hug and appreciate her, remembering being in her class and all that they learned from her.

 

When the class returned to their room, they sat on the carpet listening to The Giving Tree and Mrs.Wozniak showed them the gorgeous ceramic farewell plate (with all their names) that they helped make ( the homeroom mother organized that effort)

Thank you for your dedication and service, Mrs. Wozniak. You will be missed!

Enjoy your retirement. You deserve it!

Maura’s First Holy Communion Day

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Arriving at the church. Mark, Anna and Maura.  Michael’s hiding.

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Godmother Laura          With her family    Pap and Grandma Marlene

Sisters-in-law                                   Laura James and Charles IMG_0048.JPGTaken by a nice lady who had a camera- so I asked her if she would mind taking the whole clan.

Lucernarium Easter Vigil St. Patrick

Columbus, Ohio.  Holiday weekend with the family.  St Patrick Church.

Easter Vigil  Saturday evening.   The first portion- the Lucernarium.

To photograph a religious ceremony or not.  That was the question.  Someone was firing off electronic flash.Ugh.

I was trying for minimal camera shake. Being unobtrusive. Limit myself to a few shots.

It was really dark.  Just candlelight.  And the light of the bonfire from which they lit the Paschal Candle.

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After everyone processed into the church, I stayed back and photographed the lilies on the table with the bonfire in the background.

Dominican Friars in Procession

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And Donald and Marlene, Erika’s parents were inside the church a bit of a blur.

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A woman in front was a blur, too.

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Granddaughter Anna coming into the pew. Then I put the camera away in my bag and zipped it so I wouldn’t try to capture the ephemeral smoke from the incense.

Seven readings and psalms and intermittent prayers after each reading, all the altar candles are lit, the lights come on and as the Gloria is sung, the church bells peal and the sanctus bells ring and ring and ring.

And that is just the beginning…..

Happy Easter.

Snowfall on St. Peter and Paul School

East Liberty, Larimer Avenue.

The empty school sits behind the twin-spired church, the one that’s closed.

I saw the architecture through the snow-

from the lot where I was parking.

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