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Volume 2, Number 8  


First Annual STA Alumni Dance

Hosted by the Class of 1963

To benefit the Stained Glass Restoration in the church.

Date: Saturday, 10/09/04

Time: 7pm -11pm

Where: The Church Basement

Cost: $75.00 per person, check or money order

Pay to: St. Thomas Aquinas Church

Send to:

St. Thomas Aquinas Church
249 9th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Attn: Dorothy Negron


As stated in the initial newsletter, we welcome the Class of '63 and anybody else who might be checking this out. Since we started out with this web site, we have been getting some fantastic response from other years as "word of mouth" spreads. This is GREAT and we are always open to any comments and suggestions. Click here to contact me.

I have just added John's latest newsletter (10/04/04), so check out what he has to say.

We are going to be adding a few new pages soon. We have received a lot of miscellaneous pictures and news clippings related to the history of our parish and will soon be adding a page containing these items. We have also made a list of people who have sent in their payments for the reunion coming up this October. It looks like there will be a large number of people from numerous graduating classes, but we would like to have an idea of how many, so we can get the food, drinks, etc. taken care of.

Response to the new password-protected Contacts list has been very good. If you want to be added (or removed), please contact me (Jim Sanfilippo, '63) or John Rizzo, also from 1963. If you need the password, we can also supply you with it.

I look forward to seeing as many people as we can fit in the church basement. I have been getting emails from people from other years, some I knew and some I am coming to know. Lots of memories...

Thanks, also, to all the people who have offered their wishes and prayers for my recovery. I am trying to take it as easy as I can and am also taking steps to get myself better.


OK, I have included the latest from John below.


Take care,


Jim Sanfilippo




Dear Classmates, Alumni, Teachers, Family & Friends of St. Thomas,

Sister Mary Consuela taught at St. Thomas during the 50's. Unfortunately, she won't be attending the reunion, but she told us that she would love to hear from her former students. You may contact her at:


Sister Mary Consuela, CSJ

Maria Regina Residence

1725 Brentwood Road

Brentwood, NY 11717


Also, if anyone knows the whereabouts of Father Wallace, please e-mail me with his contact information.


We Have…

458 Confirmed Attendees


More coming in every day!

Check the list of confirmed attendees on the website
to see who will be there.

5 Days


Counting Down Fast!

Don’t miss this opportunity to get together with family & friends.


Once again, here’s the information for the event:

First Annual
St. Thomas Aquinas Alumni Reunion
Dinner & Dance

Date: Saturday, October 9, 2004
Time: 5:30pm - Mass




Big Surprise at Mass

Don’t miss it

6:30pm - School walk-though
7pm to 11pm - Alumni Dance
Where: The Church Basement

We will be setting up in the back of the church

Starting at 4:30pm

to hand out nametags, so come early, and hang out with your friends before mass.

You remember those days – don’t cha?

There have been many different questions that have come our way regarding seating, parking, dress code, etc. I hope this next section will help to answer these and any other questions you may have.






  • Please take a taxi, car service, or public transportation if you can. The upside is that you won’t have to worry about how much you drink.

  • If you have to drive, please car pool with friends, come early and try to find a space on the street.

If you drive and cannot find a parking space


  • There will be parking available in the schoolyard - entrance on the 7th Street side. We can accommodate approximately 80 cars, which is not a lot considering the number of attendees. The cost will be five dollars ($5) per car to cover the cost of the parking attendants. It will be a park and lock situation. The attendants will stay there to keep watch on the cars in the lot.


The Dinner/Dance



  • There will be no assigned seating. However we will designate Class Years at the tables so you know where to meet your friends.

  • We will have nametags for everyone in attendance.
  • The church basement will be decorated and set up like a School Dance
  • There is no mandatory dress code. I will be coming in a suit and tie and I know many others who will be getting dressed up, but what you wear is entirely up to you.

  • There will be a Buffet set up on both the top and bottom levels of the basement, as well as tables and chairs for seating
  • The bar – beer, wine, soda and water – will be on the top level
  • We will also have an area set up in the parking way on 8th Street, for those of you who want to get some fresh air and/or catch a smoke
  • We will have music provided by our DJ, Tony Carbone.
  • We will have a table set up in the basement to sell the raffle tickets.

The raffle will be to raise additional

money for the church and school

We now have two Grand Prizes

3 days and 2 nights


Harrah’s of Las Vegas


2 tickets to the Clint Holmes Show


A weeks stay
Cancun, Mexico

The Grand Prizes include airfare

Tickets will be sold that night.
$1 per ticket or $10 for a book of 11

Tickets will also be sold throughout the parish and will continue on sale until Thanksgiving Eve, when the drawing will take place in the church basement after mass.

Once again, it’s time to acknowledge the other alumni and friends of St. Thomas who are helping to make this First Annual St. Thomas Alumni Reunion a huge success by going out of their way to call and e-mail other friends and classmates. And thanks to those who have volunteered for other reunion jobs. They are:

• Thomas Knight (1940)
• Kathleen “Bunny” Spruyt (1957)
• Jim O'Connor (1957)
• Rosemary (Lane) Wehr (1961)
• Paul Deceglie (1962)
• Toni (Bove) Monteleone (1962)
• Charlie Bambino (1963)
• Phil Cimino (1963) – Can’t thank him enough
• Lou Gerbino (1963)
• Katherine Gillespie (1963)
• Irene (Conwell) Johnson (1963)
• Susan (Mazurek) Maloney (1963) – Hotel Accomadations
• Natalie (McLeer) Mangiarano (1963) – Decorations
• Linda (Di Marco) Miskevich (1963) – Found us our DJ
• Kathy Schaetzle (1963) – Assisting us in locating other sisters
• Regina (Faga) Carpenter (1964)
• Maureen (Moran) DiFilippe (1965) – Name tags
• Eileen (Bove) Leverich (1967)
• Carol (Pisapia) Colon (1968)
• John Cona (1968) – Mr. Excitement – phone calls & more
• Jackie (Whelan) Martin (1969) - Big Mover & Shaker
• Nancymary (Faga) Tierney (1970)
• Patricia (O'Connell) Mouzayck (1973)

If I have forgotten anyone, please forgive me. My mind just ain’t what it used to be.

And special thanks to:

• Jim Sanfilippo for creating and maintaining our fantastic website, in spite of the fact that he is on the DL.

• Dorothy Negron, St. Thomas’ incredible church secretary. There is absolutely no way that this is happening without her.

• Denis Hamill for writing about us in the Daily News. Check out the story, if you haven’t already at:

Our website is

You can get tons of info, like class photos, bio, an e-mail contact page and the attendee page on the site.

By the way, the E-mail Contact Page is password protected.

The password is - (Contact me or Jim Sanfilippo to get it...)

Moving right along

I have also been speaking to many of the sisters and priests who taught us over the years and many will be attending. Check out the website under HONORED GUESTS on the ATTENDEE PAGE.

Please help us make the Alumni Reunion a huge success and give something back to a great parish.

Confirm your attendance by sending St. Thomas a check, today.

All proceeds, after expenses will go to St. Thomas

Coordinating an event like this takes a lot of time and work and we need to confirm with the caterer so the church can order the food and drinks.

St. Thomas needs our support

We would also appreciate you passing this information on to any other friends or family that you know who graduated from St. Thomas.

Well, that’s all for now. I look forward to seeing you on October 9th


John Rizzo
6050 Canterbury Drive
# E213
Culver City, CA 90230
(310) 645-0048



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