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December News and Updates from the Office of Alumnae Relations
Letter from the President

Dear Alumna,

As I reflect on this season of giving, I am overwhelmed with your generosity and support of our beloved school. On November 30, our alumnae and the Catholic High community helped us exceed our National #GivingTuesday fundraising goal for the third year in a row! Earlier this month, students, faculty, staff, and alumnae donated toys, coats, and non-perishable items for two Belair-Edison community organizations. With your help, we have been able to assist over 50 families this Christmas season.

May you continue to bring joy to those you encounter and to embrace our Franciscan values. I encourage you to read through our Alumnae Update to catch up on the many activities that took place in December, and as always, I welcome you back to Catholic High.

I wish you and your loved ones a Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Lux Tua Luceat,
Barbara D. Nazelrod, Ph.D. '68
From the Archives
Catholic High's 1977 Christmas Concert
This month's edition of From the Archives features our Christmas Concert in 1977! Under the supervision of Glee Club Director, Sr. Andrea and Orchestra Director, Mr. Christopher McNealy, the Glee Club and Orchestra had a beautiful performance.

Our current Visual and Performing Arts Department held their Christmas Concert last Friday, December 17. Members of the choir, band, and new Dance Company were happy to perform in-person this Christmas season.
Currently at Catholic High
Cubs in the Parades
It was a proud moment in Catholic High history when our Marching Band performed publicly for the very first time on December 4. The band marched around The AVENUE during the annual White Marsh Christmas Parade playing marching songs, Christmas songs, and Viva Catholic High!

On Sunday, December 5, our Cheerleading Team performed at the Mayor's Christmas Parade in Hampden. Our Cubs cheered loud and proud which earned them 1st Place in the Cheer Category of the parade! Way to go, Ladies!
Feast of the Immaculate Conception
On December 8, Catholic High celebrated the Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception. Father Brian Nolan, pastor of St. Issac Jogues parish, reminded us of Mary's beauty and how she, without sin, radiates holiness. May we always look to the Virgin Mary in times of trouble, for she will bring light to our world!

We invite you to join us at our school masses during the school year. Please visit our online school calendar for scheduled Mass dates. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, space is limited. If you wish to attend, please email Sr. Ann Dutrow, OSF at to reserve a space.
Choir Performs at Stella Maris
Catholic High's Choir traveled to Stella Maris on December 13 to bring some holiday cheer to the residents! Thank you to our Choir Director, Mrs. Jane G. Brown, for organizing this performance!
Alumnae News and Events
Alumnae Ugly Christmas Sweater Social Success
On Wednesday, December 15, Catholic High hosted our Alumnae Ugly Christmas Sweater Social at Jerry D's Restaurant! We had over 50 alumnae in attendance representing the classes from 1962 - 2020!

Congratulations to our Ugly Christmas Sweater winners who are pictured with Dr. Nazelrod!

1st Place - Donna Kozera '77
2nd Place - Joyce McNicholas Eierman '65
3rd Place - Virginia Lanasa Giordano '69
Pictured Left to Right: Donna Kozera '77, Joyce McNicholas Eierman '65, Virginia Lanasa Giordano '69, Dr. Barbara D. Nazelrod '68
Class of 1973 Outings
Alumnae are not lying when they say "You'll have Catholic High sisters for life!" This holds true for the Class of 1973 who get together for monthly lunches!

Earlier in December, the Class of '73 met for their Christmas luncheon at the Silver Spring Mining Company in Perry Hall, MD. They were joined by an alumna from '75 (far right) who was filling for her sister and an alumna from '47 (middle) who came over to introduce herself after she heard the Class of '73 singing Catholic High's Alma Mater!

In November, the ladies got together for lunch at Bowleys on the Bay in Middle River, MD. Mrs. Carol Ciarapica Toth kindly asked her classmates to bring non-perishable items for families in need in the area. Her classmates filled 15 bags of groceries which were then delivered to Seneca Elementary School. Mrs. Toth reported that Seneca's Guidance Counselor was thrilled to pass along the bounty of food on to the community!
NEHI Holiday Event on Campus
Thanks to our amazing school community, Catholic High assisted NEHI with their second annual Holiday Event held on our campus! Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae donated toys, coats, gift cards, and non-perishable items that filled our hallways before the event on Saturday, December 18. We filled 50 bags for those in our neighboring community this Christmas season. Children were also able to pick a toy of their choice for Christmas! Thank you, alumnae, for your generous donations to make this another successful event!
Lacrosse Alumnae Game
During Coach Bo Morris' tenure as the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Coach at Catholic High from 2010-2021, he began the tradition of an annual Indoor Lacrosse Alumnae Game.

On Sunday, December 19, we were happy to welcome back 15 of our lacrosse alumnae! Thank you to our alumnae who came out to play against our current students. Catholic High would also like to give a special "Thank You" to Coach Morris for joining the lacrosse athletes for the game!
The Alumnae Giving Project
The Alumnae Giving Project volunteers are still filling bags for 91 children from needy families at two Title 1 schools. They are also collecting 50 gift bags for senior citizens who have no living relatives and reside at the Jenkins Center. The bags will be delivered during the week leading up to Christmas. "We couldn’t have done it without the help we get every year from the Catholic High Alumnae," says Bonnie Lee '60. "Thank you so much for your awesome support!"

If you meant to send in a donation but time got away from you, the Giving Project can still use your help as they shop all year long! Please send your checks to Bonita Lee (address below) and make your check payable to Bonnie Lee or to TCHS Alumnae Christmas Project.

Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year!

Bonita (Bonnie) Lee '60
1781 Brookview Road
Dundalk, MD 21222
The Prayer Corner
The Prayer Corner is open on our website and ready to welcome your prayer intentions. All intentions should be emailed to our Director of Mission, Sr. Ann Dutrow, OSF:

Planning a Reunion?
If you are having a class reunion or planning a class reunion, please contact Beth Frevel with the Chair names of the your Reunion Committee at Please include the date, time, and place in your email. If you wish to have your reunion at Catholic High, please call Mrs. Frevel (410.732.6200 ext. 1215) in order to coordinate with the school calendar. Thank you!
Seeking Class Ambassadors!
Catholic High is seeking Class Ambassadors to keep your fellow classmates up-to-date with reunions, events, and more! If you are interested in becoming a Class Ambassador, please contact Beth Frevel at
Support Catholic High
National #GivingTuesday Goal Reached!

Tuesday, November 30 was an eventful day for Catholic High as we exceeded our $15,000 goal on #GivingTuesday! With the help of many alumnae, Catholic High raised a total of $18,395 in tuition assistance and scholarships for the incoming freshman Class of 2026!
Join the Alumnae Association Executive Board

The Alumnae Association is responsible for planning Alumnae Socials throughout the year, promoting the school, volunteering at events, and much more! The Executive Board holds meetings at The Bowman Restaurant in Parkville, when possible, or virtually.

Our next Alumnae Association meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 25 at the Bowman at 6:00 p.m If you would like to join the Board, please contact Beth Frevel or visit the Alumnae page for more information.
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