Reunion takes place for Rochester Catholic school - Catholic Courier
Members of Holy Cross School’s Class of 1956 gather for a reunion each year, with the most recent one taking place July 25. (Photo courtesy of Carol Sharpe) Members of Holy Cross School’s Class of 1956 gather for a reunion each year, with the most recent one taking place July 25. (Photo courtesy of Carol Sharpe)

Reunion takes place for Rochester Catholic school

Continuing a tradition of reunions that has increased in recent years, the Class of 1956 from Holy Cross School in Rochester/Charlotte recently gathered for its 65-year reunion.

On July 25, 16 classmates and their spouses met up for an afternoon get-together at Bill Gray’s Restaurant on North Greece Road in Greece. The class had gathered every 10 years for a dinner-dance on Saturday evening and Mass at Holy Cross Church on Sunday; however, upon the occasion of the 50th reunion in 2006, “we decided that we needed to get together every year,” according to Beverly Anne DiPietro Carpenter, a class member who has arranged the reunions.

She noted that the classmates have gathered every summer since 2006 with the exception of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The reunions have drawn classmates from Florida, Tennessee, Texas, California, Virginia, Nevada, Georgia and Ohio.

“We are truly blessed that our classmates have the desire to be together yearly and continue to do so faithfully,” she stated.

Carpenter added that reunions also took place among snowbirds in Florida, in honor of the March 3 birthday of Sister Annunciata — their first-grade teacher from Holy Cross School — until she passed away in December 2019 at age 98.

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