• “The Snow Queen” comes to Fatima School

    WILTON — For several hours this weekend, Our Lady of Fatima School will transform into a winter wonderland.

    The school is staging an old fairy tale, in which Gerda saves her friend Kai from the Snow Queen.

    The play is adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s original fairy tale written in 1844, which also inspired Disney’s popular animated film, “Frozen.”

    “The moral of this story is the power of one pure heart, that’s the name of the finale”said Joe Santaniello, the school’s drama department head, “and it being a catholic school, especially with all of the scary things that are going around this world, kind of the message that this show provides is the power of one pure heart could conquer and army, could defeat all evil in the world.”

    The school’s version was written and composed by local playwright Cheryl Kemeny, the owner of Crystal Theatre in Norwalk where Santaniello has directed plays for the past 13 years.

    Santaniello double casts the show, which runs Saturday and Sunday, so that students have the opportunity to play a lead role and a smaller role in each show. The Norwalk native said he’s tried to instill this value in the school since becoming the drama department head a year ago.

    He also directs at Ridgefield Academy and runs a private vocal studio in Norwalk.

    “I thought for an educational system, it was important that they were learning by doing rather than just watching the upperclassmen get all the spotlight,” Santaniello said.

    The cast of about 40 students have been practicing since mid-March, meeting once a week for several hours to go over their lines and to practice 24 musical numbers until perfection.

    Miranda Hancock, who plays the sorceress in one of the shows, said being a part of the play has helped her become more confident and to build stronger connections with classmates.

    And she hopes the audience will leave with the message the students are trying to portray through the play.

    “I think they should learn that innocence is important and, if you are kind, it can go a long way,” the eighth-grader said.

    Anastasiya Pshyk hopes she will help convey this message, too, as the Snow Queen in one of the shows.

    “I am most excited to play the Snow Queen to tell the message to conquer any problem that you have,” the eighth-grader said,” and this can be seen throughout the show.”

    Santaniello said another large factor of the show’s smooth progress is the community’s involvement. School parents have generously helped with “extra odds and ends” of the show, building and painting the set, and several of his high school and college students have helped run rehearsals by providing additional insight on how to sing louder, dance bigger and, most importantly, have fun.

    “It’s going to be a spectacular performance,” Santaniello said, “and it’s a wonderful show.”

    Show times are 7 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday at the school at 225 Danbury Road. Tickets are $10. The length of the show is two-and-a-half hours with a 15-minute intermission.

    For more information, visit olfcatholic.org or call 203-834-0614.



  • Wilton celebrates 100th anniversary of Fatima events

    WILTON — Alexandra Fordsman, 12, stood before a crowded room at Our Lady of Fatima Parish Saturday late afternoon.

    She raised her arms with her elbows bent and held a rosary in her left hand, as three children knelt in front of her.

    The scene, re-enacted by the parish’s youth ministry, depicted an event believed to have happened 100 years ago.

    On May 13, 1917, three shepherd children reported seeing a vision of the Virgin Mary in Fatima, Portugal, urging them to pray the rosary daily for world peace and an end to World War I.

    This was the first of six apparitions in 1917. The Roman Catholic Church officially recognized the apparitions as a miracle in 1930.

    Bishop Frank Caggiano, of the Bridgeport Diocese, joined the 100th anniversary celebration at the parish in Wilton to celebrate Mass.

    Nearly every pew was filled during the gathering, as he led prayers, recited scriptures and shared a story about the time he and his mother visited the Fatima shrine months before she died in 2011.

    “Our Lady reminds us that there is no greater good than eternal; there is no greater good than to be with her son in this life and in the life to come,” Caggiano said. “She reminded the visionaries and she reminds us that we must pray each day for the strength and courage to remain faithful to what the Lord has asked.”

    After Mass, state Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, and Selectman Lori Bufano presented the parish with an official state citation recognizing the 100th anniversary.

    “Our Lady of Fatima church has provided moral and spiritual guidance to the Wilton community and beyond,” Boucher said. “Congratulations on this celebration of Mary’s presence and maternal protection for the last 100 years.”

    Father Reggie Norman closed the celebration by presenting Caggiano with a Lady of Fatima vestment and a commemorative 100th anniversary plate. He also presented the bishop with the first annual The Most Reverend Frank Caggiano Award for outstanding service to the parish.

    The second award was given to parishioners Phil Lauria and Elaine Tai-Lauria.

    “On this 100th anniversary, we thought it would be fitting to do something that was long overdue,” Norman said.

    Caggiano responded by expressing his own thanks for Norman’s service to the parish.

    “Father Reggie, you are such an outstanding, remarkable priest and a great pastor,” he said. “And I want to say on the Feast Day in this parish, and on behalf of everyone here, thank you for your leadership, your dedication, all that you do and the love that you have in your heart.”



  • Our Lady of Fatima open house on Jan. 29

    Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church at 225 Danbury Road in Wilton will host an open house on Sunday, Jan. 29, from 10:30 to 2.

    The open house will also kick off National Catholic Schools Week, for which Our Lady of Fatima has a week’s worth of fun activities planned for its students.

    Our Lady of Fatima is a private school for children in pre-K through eighth grade that schedules projects and community events throughout the year and offers a number of extracurricular activities.

    Information: 203-762-8100, www.olfcatholic.org.



  • Our Lady of Fatima donates $1,650 to local food banks

    Our Lady of Fatima School raised more than $16,000 from its Saints Walkathon in October and donated a portion of the funds to two local food banks on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

    Students and staff presented $825 checks to representatives from the Interfaith Food Pantry in Wilton and the Open Door Shelter in Norwalk, as well as supplies the school collected over a few weeks.

    On Oct. 14, hundreds of students, staff, parents and parishioners walked 1.2 miles around the school and parish grounds of Our Lady of Fatima on Danbury Road during the fourth annual Saints Walkathon — named in honor of All Saints Day.

    To reinforce the school’s objective of “service above self,” each grade chose a saint to represent and learned about their life and good works in the weeks leading up to the walkathon.

    A majority of the proceeds from the walk went towards supporting and enhancing the nonprofit Catholic school’s academic program, and 10% went to the food banks.

    “What better way to teach ‘service above self’ to our children than to encourage them to support both their school and their community,” said walkathon chairperson Joanne Salageanu.

    Our Lady of Fatima Principal Stan Steele said the students were “so excited” to be able to help out the two food banks. “It is especially important during the holiday season, which can be so difficult for struggling families,” he said.

    For raising more than $16,000, Steele and Pastor Reggie Norman wore chicken costumes and performed the chicken dance during two lunch periods in October.



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