Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 22 January 2010 00:00
From Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, Catholic Schools Week will be celebrated, but there isn’t much celebration going on at the Corpus Christi School in Mineola. Monsignor Robert Coyle, pastor of the Corpus Christi Parish, recently sent home a letter to parents of students attending the school that the school will be closing at the end of this school year.
Msgr. Coyle cited the lack of enrollment as the primary reason the school will be closing. The school, for kindergarten through eighth grade students, has been in existence since 1922. The news is devastating to the Catholic school community, particularly the seventh grade class. After being together through each grade, the class won’t get to graduate Corpus Christi together.
“It is truly a sad day when things are starting to look up and the rug is still pulled out from under you anyway. This is not only a loss for the students and families of Corpus Christi, this is a loss for the community of Mineola, the Diocese and society as whole. This school was truly one of the jewels of the community,” wrote former school board president Tom Rudolph in a letter to the editor that can be found in this newspaper.
As the announcement was made that the school was closing, efforts are under way to plan the “Night on the Town,” an annual fundraising event at the Jericho Terrace to benefit the Corpus Christi and St. Aidan’s schools. According to Harry Zapiti, co-chair of the event, the fundraising event will continue since, now more than ever, it’s important to help Catholic schools.
The Night on the Town will take place Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Jericho Terrace, 249 Jericho Turnpike in Mineola. Food will be provided by many of the area’s finest restaurants and bakeries including Churrasqueira Bairrada, Cardinale Bakery, Cugini’s, Eleanor Rigby’s, Frantoni’s, Heart of Portugal, The Ivy Cottage, Jericho Terrace, Memories Pub, Paparazzi, Piccolo’s, Uncle Bacala’s, Piccola Bussola, Jonathan’s, Riverbay, La Parma, Circa, La Marmite, City Cellar, Polito Bakery, Bakers of All Nations, Kiss’o Japanese and Marzullo’s Pasticceria.
In addition, there will be music provided by Ed De Corsia’s, Joey B. and DJ music by “In the Mix.”
“The reason for this event, which has been running now for five years, is to generate money to support Catholic education. I hope, with this event, it brings awareness to the need for the community to stand behind their parish as well as their parish schools to ensure these kids are educated in the Catholic way of life,” said Zapiti.
Even with the Corpus Christi School closing at the end of the school year, monies generated from Night on the Town will still go to Corpus Christi as well as the St. Aidan’s School.
Tickets are $75 per person, $90 at the door. For reservations, call 746-1223 or send your check, payable to P.A.C.E., to the Corpus Christi Rectory, 155 Garfield Avenue, Mineola 15501. Donations are tax deductible.