Class of 1959

We, the Class of 1959, celebrated our 50th class reunion on April 24 and 25, 2009. This blog is about sharing memories of our class reunions and a long ago life at our Alma Mater's, S.F.X.A. and S.A.H.S. Good memories of days gone by but not forgotten! A gift to my classmates. ~Marian Love Phillips ~







Friday, September 24, 2010

Fish Fry @ KC



FISH FRY:  The Knights of Columbus Council 898 is hosting a Fish Fry on Saturday, October 2nd, beginning at 6:00pm at the KC Hall.  $8.00 a plate, $5.00 for 12 & under, $32 maximum for a family. 
All proceeds will benefit Vicksburg Catholic School's
150 yr. Celebration of Catholic Education!
Come out and enjoy a great dinner and help you school!
If you would like to volunteer to help please email Charles Hahn: cdhpc2@yahoo.com

Patty S. Mekus
Development & Alumni Affairs Director
St. Aloysius High School / St. Francis Xavier Elementary
1900 Grove Street / 1200 Hayes Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183
(601) 630-9762

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Old Jim's Prayer

A minister passing through his church
in the middle of the day,
decided to pause by the altar
and see who had come to pray.

Just then the back door opened,
a man came down the aisle.
Frowning as he saw the
man hadn't shaved in quite a while.
 
His shirt was kinda shabby
and his coat was worn and frayed.
The man knelt and bowed his head,
then rose and walked away.

In the days that followed,
each noontime came this chap.
Each time he knelt just for a moment,
a lunch pail in his lap..

Well, the minister's suspicions grew, 
with robbery a main fear.
He decided to stop the man and ask,
'What are you doing here?'

The old man said, he worked down the road.
Lunch was half an hour.
Lunchtime was his prayer time to,
for receiving strength and finding power.

'I stay only moments, see,
because the factory is so far away;
as I kneel here talking to the Lord,
this is kindawhat I say:

I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, LORD,
HOW HAPPY I HAVE BEEN,
SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHERS FRIENDSHIP
AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN.
DON'T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY,
BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY.
SO, JESUS, THIS IS JIM, CHECKING IN WITH YOU TODAY.'

The minister feeling foolish,
told Jim, that it was fine.
He told the man he was welcome
to come and pray at anytime.

Time to go, Jim smiled, said 'Thanks.'
He hurried to the door.
The minister knelt at the altar,
Like he'd never done it before.

His cold heart melted, warmed with love,
and met with Jesus there.
As the tears flowed, in his heart,
he repeated old Jim's prayer:

'I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, LORD,
HOW HAPPY I HAVE BEEN,
SINCE WE FOUND EACH OTHERS FRIENDSHIP
AND YOU TOOK AWAY MY SIN.
I DON'T KNOW MUCH OF HOW TO PRAY,
BUT I THINK ABOUT YOU EVERYDAY.
SO, JESUS, THIS IS ME CHECKING IN WITH YOU TODAY.'

Past noon one day, the minister noticed
that old Jim hadn't come.
As more days passed without Jim,
he began to worry some.

At the factory, he asked about him,
learning he was ill.
The hospital staff was worried,
But he'd given them a thrill.

The week that Jim was with them,
Brought changes in the ward.
His smiles, a joy contagious.
Changed people, was his reward.

The head nurse couldn't understand
why Jim was always so glad,
when no flowers, calls or cards came,  
Not a visitor he had.

The minister stayed by his bed,
He voiced the nurse's concern:
No friends came to show they cared.
He had nowhere to turn.

Looking surprised, old Jim spoke
up and with a winsome smile;
the nurse is wrong, she couldn't know,
that He's in here all the while 

Everyday at noon He's here,
a dear friend of mine, you see,
He sits right down, takes my hand,
Leans over and says to me:
 
'I JUST CAME AGAIN TO TELL YOU, JIM,
HOW HAPPY I HAVE BEEN,
SINCE WE FOUND THIS FRIENDSHIP,
AND I TOOK AWAY YOUR SIN.
I ALWAYS LOVE TO HEAR YOU PRAY,
I THINK ABOUT YOU EACH DAY, AND SO JIM,
THIS IS JESUS CHECKING IN WITH YOU TODAY.'

Submitted by Michael J. Hosemann, Class of 1958

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Commercial Promoting the 150th Celebration

Many of you may recall the commercials that our 1965 Alumni, Delbert Hosemann ran when he was running for Mississippi's Secretary of State position.  This is a play off of that commercial and he was so gracious to allow us to do this!  (link to view is below.)
At this point, the commercial will be alternating with the Car Raffle Commercial currently running, on WJTV, WUFX 35 & FOX 40. We are wrapping another commercial that features, the Sisters of Mercy, Brothers of the Sacred, St. Mary's Catholic School and our present day students.  That should be ready soon.
Coming up:
Friday, September 24: Mercy Day with a Mass honoring the Sisters of Mercy. 9:00 am in the St. Aloysius Gym.
September 27th - October 1st: HOMECOMING WEEK with lots of festivities. Friday evening at the Dexter Game our 50 & 25 yr graduates will be recognized.  The Class of 1990 is having there Class Reunion and will be recognized as well.
October 29th: Friday at 9:30 am, we will have a ribbon cutting and dedication of the William F. Lauderdale, Sr.  Physics and Chemistry Lab.
AND we are 7 weeks away from the Mega Reunion Week-end! 
Mark your calendars and join us when you can!
Patty


Tuesday, September 07, 2010

150th Anniversary Celebration Meeting

150th Anniversary Celebration Meeting
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
11:00 am
Courtyard Marriott by the Outlet Mall
 
We will need to discuss any areas not covered and determine if they can be covered, or if they need to be eliminated from the plan.  Things are progressing nicely and there is alot of excitement in the air!
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Brochures have been mailed.  We have mailed approximately 3,200 to date. Thank you for helping with the stuffing, sealing, stamping & sorting of this huge mail-out!
 
If you are interested in selling any of the car raffle tickets, please come by the St. Francis Office and pick up a few. 
Mrs. McMinn would be happy to have you help sell tickets!
If you would like to check with your Pastor and see if you can sell tickets after Mass that would be a great way to help as well. We can provide a large board with the raffle information on it.
 
A few reminders of upcoming dates:
Friday, September 24th - Mercy Day - A Mass celebrating the Sisters of Mercy will be held at 9:00 am in the St. Aloysius Gym. Reception following the Mass.
 
I hope you all have thought about being in the Homecoming Parade!  We are in the process of preparing letters for the former Flashettes & Cheerleaders inviting them to walk in the parade and perform the Fight Song at the Pep Rally on Thursday, September 30th!
 
Saturday, Oct. 2nd: We will have a booth at the Fall Arts & Craft Show around the Courthouse Museum and need volunteers to help at the booth! We will be selling car raffle tickets, and prints, posters, postcards of the Sisters of Mercy & Brothers of the Sacred Heart Murals. Shifts are available from 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, that day. I will be unavailable from 10:00 until about 2:00 pm that day because the Class of 1990 is having their reunion at St. Aloysius High School in the cafeteria & on the playground, and I will need to be present there with them, as a faculty member, and to give the tour, etc.
 
Sports Hall of Fame: Through last week we have had approximately 460 athletes RSVP for October 29th!
 
Former Band Members have been invited back to perform with the 2010-2011 Purple Pride Band during the Mega Reunion Week-end, October 29th! For more information contact Vickie Baker Hopkins at 601-636-2256
 
Friday, October 29th - 9:30 am - Scott Building: St. Aloysius High School will hold an unveiling, ribbon cutting & dedication of the Physics and Chemistry Lab.  The lab will be named the:
William F. Lauderdale, Sr.
Physics & Chemistry Laboratory
Join us if you can!
 
We are also researching to find all of the Valedictorians & Salutatorians to invite them back and honor them during Catholic Schools Week!  The Sisters of Mercy's Mercy Bus will be here that week also, giving our Elementary students free eye and dental exams.  Plus more....................!
 
Please pass this email along to any other Alumni or interested parties that you can think of, and help us keep the correct information out there.
 
New developments are occuring daily, so I will do my best to keep you posted.
Thank you for all of the hard work you have put into this year long celebration! 
 
Patty
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Patty S. Mekus
Development & Alumni Affairs Director
St. Aloysius High School / St. Francis Xavier Elementary
1900 Grove Street / 1200 Hayes Street
Vicksburg, MS 39183
(601) 630-9762

Saturday, September 04, 2010

St. Aloysius 12, St. Joseph, Greenville 7













Some scenes from last night St. Al's game!  
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