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.
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!
St. Patrick Church Columbus Ohio.
Arriving at the church. Mark, Anna and Maura. Michael’s hiding.
Maura on the way into church.
Aunt Linda gives Maura a kiss when she arrives from Pittsburgh.
Godmother Laura With her family Pap and Grandma Marlene
Sisters-in-law Laura James and Charles Taken by a nice lady who had a camera- so I asked her if she would mind taking the whole clan.
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.
After everyone processed into the church, I stayed back and photographed the lilies on the table with the bonfire in the background.
And Donald and Marlene, Erika’s parents were inside the church a bit of a blur.
A woman in front was a blur, too.
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…..
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.
When we were walking around the Three Rivers Arts Festival, I looked up and saw this church on the top of Mount Washington.
The lighting really stands out.
Here are several views to give the perspective. St. Mary of the Mount
You’ve seen some of these if you’ve been a follower for awhile.
Some favorite reflections. The weekly challenge prompted me to continue to search the archives for a couple of reflections I wanted to share.
Swimming at Ohio State Natatorium
Blue jeans in the glass of the Penguins exhibit at the Columbus Zoo
From the subway on the way to Coney Island
Church reflection in the Thai Kitchen table- Bloomfield
Red lights reflected on the sidewalk- Market Square Downtown Pittsburgh
Me in the Mail Chute at the City County Building.
Mary in NYC with buildings in the sunglasses lenses
Jack’s reflection in a puddle.
Jack and Maura at the Columbus Zoo
Sunday morning at St.Patrick Church Columbus Ohio with the family.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Oops. Between going away for the holiday weekend and my consternation about loyal and regular followers not being able to receive the blog in email, I forgot to do last Friday’s Weekly Photo Challenge: In the Background. Tomorrow there will be another challenge so this one is in just under the wire
This challenge was just that- a challenge.
Fishmarket Chinatown NYC
A class trip picture in Central Park
Breadmaking at Eataly NYC
The horse’s eye at Booker T Washington Monument Park Virginia
From the giant Lego store- Prometheus
Chicken through the fence
Washington Square Park
(Thanks to everyone who wrote and commented about my ongoing frustration that many friends and followers can’t even subscribe to the email to receive it. What’s up with that , WordPress? I have tried to send the link or forward the post and they don’t get it either. AND from three different types of email- mac, yahoo and a virgin gmail account.)