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Our Lady of Fatima celebrates 25 years

Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Elementary School in Woodbridge marked its 25th anniversary with a school blessing mass celebrated by His Eminence Thomas Cardinal Collins on Tuesday, May 8, and will also host a school open house on Thursday, May 10.

Our Lady of Fatima CES originally operated out of a nearby public school, from 1984-1987. In September of 1987 the school opened at its current location at 191 Crofter’s Road, welcoming its 300 students. The principal at the time was Paul Marchesini.

Today, Our Lady of Fatima provides quality learning to approximately 600 students in a safe, fun-filled, vibrant and spiritual setting. Janet Ferlisi is the current principal, and thanks her staff who are always available for extra-curricular activities. “Many of our staff members also offer remediation and extra help on a daily basis,” says Ferlisi. “It’s a wonderful school where both staff and students pride themselves on the many diverse programs and activities offered during the school day, at lunch time and after school.”

Toronto-area, Cardinal Thomas Collins, who recently became the 16th Canadian to be elevated to the position of cardinal, was the celebrant for the school’s anniversary blessing mass on May 8. The school’s parent community was given tickets to watch a live, video or audio feed of the mass from other areas in the school.

The school is also hosting a 25th anniversary open house at the school where alumni, former staff and members of the community are invited to reminisce as they walk through the school’s classrooms, library, gym and computer lab. There will be a special presentation about The Story of Our Lady of Fatima, as well as a Crime Stoppers presentation about cyber bullying and online networks.

Our Lady of Fatima is the title for the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary as she appeared to three children at Fatima in Portugal, starting in May 1917.