Luncheon – 2015


“I wanted to thank St. Martin’s for organizing the luncheon after the anniversary mass.  My parents have been members of St. Martin’s parish for a very long time and sent all 8 of us kids through the school there:)   It was so nice to walk to church with some of my siblings and their families and my parents, and I think we all enjoyed the time.  I appreciate the opportunity to show some support to my parents in return for all the support they gave us.  Thanks you for helping to make it all happen”
Karen Backenstose, Class of 1990
“Thank you for a lovely lunch and walk down memory lane last Sunday. I was baptized, confirmed, made first Holy Communion and graduated from St. Martins, and so did all of my 4 brothers.   It was amazing to be back in the church, I couldn’t seem to take my eyes off all of the beautiful things in the church that I still remember. The windows are amazing.”
Beth York, Class of 1964 

We were happy to welcome back 260 former students, Sisters, teachers, parishioners and friends of St. Martin of Tours School the afternoon of October 25, 2015.  Our event began with Mass at noon; concelebrants were Msgr. Michael Flood ’54, Rev. Joseph DiGregorio, Rev. John Meyers, our Pastor, and Rev. Joseph Zaleski ’88, who also was the homilist.  Mr. and Mrs. Brennan (Carol is a graduate, too) and our Children’s Choir provided the beautiful music for the liturgy.

Everyone went over to the hall/gym for a delicious luncheon provided by Chris Angeli ’87 who owns and operates The Regal Ballroom (  The luncheon menu was Chris’ donation to SMT!  We are also grateful to ShopRite and Acme, both on Oxford Ave. for their donations, as well as Oteri’s Italian Bakery who donated desserts and 4 Every Occasion who gave us a beautiful Anniversary cake!

Sister Patricia McCormack, IHM (aka Sister Kathleen Thomas – 8th grade teacher at SMT from 1977-1981) was our guest speaker.  Sister brought light-hearted stories to mind…as well as a challenge to continue to take what we have learned in our past, use it well in the present so that we have a faith-filled future to leave those who follow us!

Members of our Student Council then took groups on tours through school… another opportunity to re-kindle fond memories…many saying that “some things never change!”  So true of the SMT spirit that prevailed throughout the day!