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Alumnae come home to rally fellow grads at St. Cecilia’s and Mercy, SF

04 St.Cecilia65.jpegDSC07044-1 PAGECLASS OF ’52: Classmates and spouses attended the 65th reunion of St. Cecilia School Class of 1952 Sept. 23 at Original Joe’s in Westlake. “The food was excellent and the camaraderie even better,” member of the class Marilynn Donnelly told me in a note to this column. “It was great seeing everyone and catching up. We all had such a good time that we will repeat it in three years.”

November 9, 2017
Tom Burke

04Veronica Granucci MUGVeronica Granucci jokes that she hasn’t “really left 19th Avenue.” She is a 2004 graduate of St. Cecilia School, a 2008 graduate of Mercy High School, San Francisco, and in 2013 graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in anthropology. About three years ago she took the job of Events and Communication Coordinator at St. Cecilia’s, a job that includes keeping the 3,000 active alumni on the school’s database informed about their alma mater.

Veronica is proud of the “incredible sense of pride within the alumni community at St. Cecilia” with many staying connected because it “feels so much like a family.” Many current school parents and grandparents are alumni themselves, she said. Alumni like the idea that future generations at the school are experiencing many of the same traditions that they got to enjoy when they attended including “the annual Parish Festival or the May Procession which can be traced back to the very first year the school was open in 1930,” Veronica said.

Change too is exciting for alumni including a new computer lab installed in the mid-90s. “We also, really like to show off our alumni,” Veronica said. “Every class portrait from 1933 through 2017 is hanging along the hallways and that is the first thing people gravitate to when they come back for events and reunions.”

Most alumni live in the Bay Area but are also “across the country from Hawaii to New York,” Veronica said, “with a few in Ireland and Singapore.”

Veronica, her mother, her three sisters, grandfather, brother and two cousins are all St. Cecilia graduates, and a few cousins are still students there. “I really love that I got to experience some of the same things that past and future generations of my family have at St. Cecilia. It connects us in a very special way.” www.facebook.com/stceciliaschoolsf.

Open houses at St. Cecilia are scheduled for Nov. 21 for grades k-6, and Jan. 30 for grades 1-6, www.stceciliashool.org.

04Georgia Wasley MUGGeorgia Wasley is a 2009 graduate of Mercy High School, San Francisco and as of July 1 the school’s new Alumnae Development Officer. “I’m excited to be in this new role,” Georgia told me via email.

Georgia attended San Francisco State and is a former extended care director at St. Gabriel School of which she is also a graduate. A phone call alerting her to the opening at Mercy opened the door there.

“I’m excited to strengthen our alumnae community and to reconnect Skippers who have lost contact with their school,” Georgia said. “Given that it is our 65th anniversary year, I plan to remind our alumnae of what an incredible school we were all so lucky to have been shaped by and that we have plans for our future we want our alumnae to be a part of. We wouldn’t be where we are today without them,” Georgia said. Alumnae can check in at www.mercyhs.org.


04 Emma Miller MUG04 Paulina Morearty MUGHONORED SCHOLARS: Congrats to Mercy High School, Burlingame seniors Emma Miller and Paulina Morearty, who have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship competitions. The young women placed among the top 5 percent of the more than 1.6 million entrants across the nation. “They are among about 34,000 Commended Students currently being recognized for their academic promise,” Mercy said. Karen Hanrahan, head of school, announced Emma’s and Paulina’s accomplishment at the end of the school’s Mercy Day Mass Sept. 22.


HO-HO-HO: It’s time for present buying and carol singing and, of course, awaiting the birth of the Lord. Upcoming are many parish and organization events marking the season with a smattering of them here: Nov. 11, All Souls Christmas Fair, South San Francisco, allsoulswomensclub@yahoo.com; (650) 8718944; Nov. 18, Mount Carmel Christmas Bazaar, Mill Valley, (415) 388-4332; Nov. 19, St. Dunstan Holiday Boutique, Millbrae, (650) 697-4730, secretary@saintdunstanchurch.org; Nov. 25, Holy Angels Christmas Boutique, Colma, (650) 755-0478; croller@pacbell.net. See Calendar for more.


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