Robert Curis, president of Notre Dame High School in West Haven, and Sister Sheila O'Neill of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, president of Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden, react to a speaker during a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrated on Sept. 25 at St. Rita Church in Hamden.
The Mass, which drew about 400 people, was in celebration of the 70th anniversary of Sacred Heart and Notre Dame. Both schools first opened their doors in September 1946, the academy on Greene Street in the Wooster Square area of New Haven and Notre Dame in its current location.
The two schools have shared many liturgies, concerts, plays and other events over the years, and many lifelong friendships have been formed during that time. Today, students continue to act and sing together and also regularly engage in meaningful campus ministry and community service activities.
Additional joint events planned for the 2016-17 year include a student council-sponsored, ’50s- style sock hop dance; a fine arts evening that showcases the talent in both schools; and a “70 Days of Caring” initiative between the schools.