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On September 21, the students and staff of St. James School were commissioned during the 9am Family Mass at Saint Mark’s Church (1625 Locust Street in Philadelphia).

The Reverend Sean Mullen, Rector of Saint Mark’s and Chair of the Board of Directors of St. James School, led the commissioning. Father Mullen and Saint Mark’s parishioners founded the school in 2011 after a lengthy period of hard work and determination, and a number of the school’s advisory board, board members, and volunteers are members of the parish.

Mother Marie Swayze with students and staff

Mother Marie Swayze with students and staff

During the commissioning, Father Mullen invited students, staff, and board members of Saint James School to the front of the church where he said prayers and offered a blessing on the school’s work. The new addition during this annual event was the presence of the Saint Mark’s Church Boys and Girls Choir, comprised of St. James School students and children from Saint Mark’s Church. The choir, under the direction of St. James School Music Teacher and Saint Mark’s Choir Director Dr. Darryl Roland, led the congregation in singing hymns.

Students and families enjoyed time together

Students and families enjoyed time together

Students, families and other guests enjoyed a festive refreshment hour hosted by Saint Mark’s Church at the end of Mass.