MAY 2019
Jennifer Crusco
Communications Assistant

Grandparents’ Day: Extending a Tradition of Loving Bonds

Demarest, NJ: Grandparents’ Day remains one of the best-loved of the many traditions observed at the Academy of the Holy Angels. This year, freshmen and juniors invited their esteemed relatives (or those who are like grandparents to them) to school for a morning Mass and classroom visit followed by a special luncheon.

In her words of welcome, AHA President Melinda Hanlon said, “I think it especially appropriate that as we celebrate our Easter liturgy, commemorating the ultimate act of love, that we also honor the special bond of love between grandparents and their grandchildren.”

She quoted from Saint Teresa of Calcutta, who wrote that love is to be given without conditions and expectations.

“In my experience, that kind of love is the love of a grandparent,” President Hanlon added.

Father Vincent D’Agostino of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Church in Wyckoff celebrated the Mass. During his homily, Fr. Vincent pointed out that May is the month of the Virgin Mary. While many people focus on Mary being visited by the angel Gabriel and saying “yes” to becoming the mother of Jesus, Fr. Vincent said he also likes to consider Mary’s time alone after the angel’s departure and her trip to the hill country to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, before the birth of Jesus.

“God puts wonderful people in our lives as examples,” he said, adding that there are many people who guide and inspire us, including grandparents, who offer their invaluable gifts of wisdom.

At Fr. Vincent’s request, the students and their grandparents shared loving hugs before they continued on with their visits.

Founded by the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1879, the Academy of the Holy Angels is the oldest private girls’ school in Bergen County. While AHA is steeped in Catholic tradition, this prestigious high school serves young women from a broad spectrum of cultural and religious backgrounds. Over time, thousands of women have passed through AHA’s portals. Many go on to study at some of the nation’s best universities, earning high-ranking positions in medicine, government, law, education, public service, business, arts, and athletics. The Academy’s current leaders continue to further the SSND mission to provide each student with the tools she needs to reach the fullness of her potential—spiritually, intellectually, socially, and physically, by offering a first-rate education in a nurturing environment where equal importance is placed on academic excellence, character development, moral integrity, and service to others.


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