Tuesday, December 25, 2012
Local Christians celebrate birth of their savior on a soggy, foggy Christmas eve.
Patch was on hand as priests, decons and parishoners of St. Jerome Catholic Parish in Hyattsville prepared to celebrate midnight mass on Christmas Eve. From all of us here at Hyattsville Patch, we wish you and yours a merry Christmas, happy holidays and a joyful new year. Sincerely, Michael Theis Editor, Hyattsville Patch
Monday, February 27, 2012
Popular festival, inspired by tough times, becomes largest single fundraiser for revitalized St. Jerome Academy.
A capacity crowd filled the social hall below St. Jerome Church in Hyattsville yesterday as part of the third annual Irish Festival. The festival features Irish music, food and drink. It also features a healthy dose of socialization for young school children attending St. Jerome Academy, the K-8th grade school linked to the church. "Many of the new families and prospective families got to experience the festival for the first time this year," said Mary Pat Donoghue, third-year principal at St. Jerome Academy. "This event was joyful and hopeful." But it was not always so. The festival was born out of what seemed like a monumental challenge, one which threatened the very existence of the private elementary and middle school. Three years …
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Hyattsville's Sr. Joyce Volpini, who was the principal at the former St. Jerome's Catholic School, died July 31.
Longtime Hyattsville resident Sr. Joyce Volpini passed away July 31 after a battle with cancer. Volpini was principal at St. Jerome’s Catholic School—now St. Jerome Academy— for over 35 years before being asked to leave by St. Jerome’s Catholic Church in 2009. According to a Facebook post by her brother Andy, Volpini was living in Glen Arm, MD at the time of her death. The school was going through a formal consultation by the Archdiocese of Washington. During this time, largely because of the national economic downturn, Catholic schools were closing their doors and St. Jerome's needed to make some changes to ensure the school would not be shut down. Fr. James Stack, of St. Jerome's Church, also later asked Volpini and her fellow Notre Dame…