Students, staff of Holy Family celebrate principal’s jubilee

Students and staff at Holy Family School in Fairmount celebrated the golden jubilee of their principal, Sister Christina Marie Luczynski, CSSF, June 3. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

FAIRMOUNT — The students and staff of Holy Family School celebrated a special religious jubilarian recently: their principal, Sister Christina Marie Luczynski, CSSF.

Sister Christina Marie marks 50 years of religious life this year, an occasion the Holy Family community marked June 3.

Surprising Sister Christina Marie at the close of First Friday Mass, students presented her with special gifts: a poem, cards, and yellow roses symbolizing her golden jubilee.

After Mass, as students settled on the school lawn, there were more surprise gifts: a rosary made by the fifth grade class and a “Got Pierogies?” apron nodding to her Polish heritage and cooking skills, staff member Karen Broton explained. The final gift came from the staff in a gold-wrapped box with a bobbing helium balloon: a certificate for a hot air balloon ride over Letchworth State Park. Sister Christina Marie told the Sun she’s always wanted to ride in a hot air balloon but never had the opportunity.

“I was very surprised and very touched; it brought tears to my eyes,” she said of the morning’s surprise celebrations.

Once Sister Christina Marie’s gifts were opened, there was some more fun in store: bubbles and popsicles for all!

See photos from the celebrations below.

Students and staff at Holy Family School in Fairmount celebrated the golden jubilee of their principal, Sister Christina Marie Luczynski, CSSF, June 3. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

Students and staff at Holy Family School in Fairmount celebrated the golden jubilee of their principal, Sister Christina Marie Luczynski, CSSF, June 3. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

Students and staff at Holy Family School in Fairmount celebrated the golden jubilee of their principal, Sister Christina Marie Luczynski, CSSF, June 3. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

Students and staff at Holy Family School in Fairmount celebrated the golden jubilee of their principal, Sister Christina Marie Luczynski, CSSF, June 3. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

Students and staff at Holy Family School in Fairmount celebrated the golden jubilee of their principal, Sister Christina Marie Luczynski, CSSF, June 3. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

Students and staff at Holy Family School in Fairmount celebrated the golden jubilee of their principal, Sister Christina Marie Luczynski, CSSF, June 3. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

Students and staff at Holy Family School in Fairmount celebrated the golden jubilee of their principal, Sister Christina Marie Luczynski, CSSF, June 3. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

Students and staff at Holy Family School in Fairmount celebrated the golden jubilee of their principal, Sister Christina Marie Luczynski, CSSF, June 3. (Sun photo | Katherine Long)

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