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Date:

08/25/2014

Guest:

21 (Reference ID: 2022934)

Name:

Jack Wesolowski

Email Address:

None

Location:

Lost In The Md. Hills

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Previous poster expounded: "...This was a time when the boys sat on one side of the classroom and girls on the other; and even those we had about 70 students in each room we all learned because we certainly did not pay attention to those nuns. Same in the school yard where the girls were on one side and the boys on the other. A magic dividing line existed in the school yard where you could not cross and if got caught the nuns made sure you went where you were supposed to go. Each spring we all got excited when the "yo-yo" man came to the school yard and we could buy one..."
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Yes, recall over 80 kids in Sr. John Celine's 3rd gd. class. When you tell people today, they don't believe you. Recall girls sitting next to boys in the lower grades but not the upper grades. In 8th grade, Sr. Gerald alternated: A double row of boys and then a double row of girls, and so on. Vaguely recall girls and boys being separated in the schoolyard, but not sure if this practice continued throughout all eight years. Haha, the yo-yo man. That old boy appeared not only at elem. schools, he also showed up trying to sell to high school kids at Calvert Hall when it was located downtown! Don't recall him at the Hall's Towson campus. I think he actually worked for Duncan Yo-Yo co.

 

 

 

Date:

08/14/2014

Guest:

22 (Reference ID: 2017595)

Name:

Diane Henkel

Email Address:

fishinlady774@msn.com

Location:

Hampstead, Md

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Often think of my time attending the Shrine school and tell friends that when in the lower grades in the "old" school how we all thought the boiler room was Hell where the devil lived. When the door opened you could see a red glow so that confirmed for us in the first grade that that was not where we ever wanted to go. This was a time when the boys sat on one side of the classroom and girls on the other; and even those we had about 70 students in each room we all learned because we certainly did not pay attention to those nuns. Same in the school yard where the girls were on one side and the boys on the other. A magic dividing line existed in the school yard where you could not cross and if got caught the nuns made sure you went where you were supposed to go. Each spring we all got excited when the "yo-yo" man came to the school yard and we could buy one. After graduating I went to Hamilton Junior High School in Hamilton and it was then I really appreciated my education at the Shrine, for just about everything I was learning in math and English I had already been taught in the 8th grade. And thank goodness for having to learn how to divide a sentence; this helped me when I worked to properly compose and write reports. And don't forget those beanies we girls had to have on our heads and those starched brown uniforms! Good memories.

 

 

 

Date:

06/29/2014

Guest:

23 (Reference ID: 1985224)

Name:

stacie burnite

Email Address:

staciebarry31@gmail.com

Location:

Baltimore Maryland

Homepage:

None

Comments:

I would like to join this church, I will be attending Tomorrow

 

 

 

Date:

05/31/2014

Guest:

24 (Reference ID: 1964630)

Name:

ANTHONY THOMAS

Email Address:

CANVASBACK1@VERIZON.NET

Location:

CAMBRIDGE MD

Homepage:

None

Comments:

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Date:

05/26/2014

Guest:

25 (Reference ID: 1962858)

Name:

Kathleen Nardi Hofmeier

Email Address:

kbhof1@hotmail.com

Location:

Chase, Maryland

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Graduated in 1959. Maiden name (Nardinocchi or Nardi). Would like to hear from classmates.

 

 

 

Date:

05/22/2014

Guest:

26 (Reference ID: 1961404)

Name:

Christopher Wm. Newman

Email Address:

cwnewman36@yahoo.com

Location:

Accomac, Eastern Shore Va. and Havre de Grace, Md.

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Visted the Shrine, School, playground and Holy Redeemer Cemetery on Sunday, May 18th. Claire Ann Riedel, Brendan Ave. (now visiting from Hawaii) was with me. The Mass was beautiful, probably 100 people in attendance ... and the music and organ, traditional and Catholic - reminding us of the 1950's and 60's. The Church was, still is, quite beautiful and the mural, over the high altar, of the Little Flower still amazes me - what a fantastic painting. We stayed for quite awhile, dear Clair was in tears. Our Lady's altar with the Fatima mural brought back so many memories - of lighting candles, saying the rosary, patches of pastel light from the stained glass windows, the Catholic bookstore across the street, confession on Saturday afternoons, the Pelham Bakery, and my best friend and laughing buddy in the fourth grade, Robert Santmeyer. And I shall never forget my fourth grade nun, Sister Margaret Saint Francis. She looked like Gene Tierney, so lovely - and such a good teacher. I told her one day, at age 9 or 10, that she was pretty ... she blushed and hurriedly tried to change the subject. Those of us who attended the Shrine in the 50's and 60's were Blessed ... I remain ever grateful for a rich and wonderful education, for my parents and all of the nuns and priests who guided me along the way. ... + IN CHRISTO JESU REMANEMUS. (In Christ Jesus We Remain). Christopher Wm. Newman

 

 

 

Date:

05/21/2014

Guest:

27 (Reference ID: 1961052)

Name:

Nick caprio

Email Address:

ntcaps43@verizon.net

Location:

Perry Hall

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Class of '74. Hard to believe its been 40 years. Anyone from the Class of '74 interested in a re-union. Email me and I will be glad to get things started.

 

 

 

Date:

05/20/2014

Guest:

28 (Reference ID: 1960680)

Name:

Jack Wesolowski

Email Address:

None

Location:

Rolling Hills of N. Central Md.

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hiya Joe Nawrozki. Yes, we graduated in '58 and I last saw you at the 1989 reunion, and yes I remember your article, but can't understand why some folks gave you grief. What for, relating the truth? Some of the nuns were lacking in math and science but all were well-grounded in style and grammar. "OK, open your workbooks and do the drill on subjunctive mood," or "For homework, diagram the first 25 sentences on page ..." Whew! "Southies" and "Sky Bars" were indeed on the menu with the perennial favorites "Mallo Cups" and these little bags of greasy potato sticks we called "french fries."

Fast fwd. eight yrs. to Ft. Jackson where the chaplain told us that anyone who attended Catholic elementary school with the good sisters would find basic training a piece of cake .... he was right. Yeah, LF was a good training ground for the future and the source of many happy memories.

 

 

 

Date:

05/18/2014

Guest:

29 (Reference ID: 1959307)

Name:

joe nawrozki

Email Address:

whitestar99@comcast.net

Location:

None

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hello to Jack Wesolowski. Jack, I think we were in the same LF graduating class and, thus, experienced the same events across the years. If you recall, I wrote a long article in The Sun when the school at Little Flower was closing its doors. It was truly sad; some graduates, however, resented my telling "nun" stories. You mentioned the picnic in one of your posts here -- it was a lot of fun but not so much that spring when Eddie Burkhart shot Joey McMannis (sp?)with one of the un-secured .22 cal. rifles at the park. And the candy sales...the "Southies" were as difficult as jaw breakers to hide from Sister and could yank every filling from your teeth...seems "Sky Bars" were on the menu also?? The education I received at LF helped prepare me what lay ahead -- a career as a print journalist; but I must say, compound-complex sentences fell in favor to simple sentences which, by the way, are more challenging to write. All in all, Baltimore City College H.S., Hopkins, UB and Columbia in NYC came a bit easier because of those spelling bees and the fear of going to hell as a little kid (lol). School, the "Road," characters...Father Metzger who stayed up all night comforting my childhood pal Barry Duff who had a premonition before he shipped off to Vietnam and the uncertainty of combat. Barry was KIA and posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for gallantry. And whether people want to admit it or not, we all made stupid mistakes and some were committed in large numbers at Elmley Playground -- the scene of some of the finest summer basketball in the city. It was our neighborhood and all of those people and places made a difference in our lives.

 

 

 

Date:

03/31/2014

Guest:

30 (Reference ID: 1938842)

Name:

Marlene Walter Strobel

Email Address:

StrobelCE@msn.com

Location:

Perry Hall, Maryland 21128

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Hi my name is Marlene maiden name Walter I graduated in 1968 from Shrine of the Little Flower School and thought it was the most greatest school in the world. My first grade nun was Sister Miriam Patricia. Wonderful school. I would love to come to a reunion. Could someone start one. I can almost name all the kids in my class back then. I sure would like to know what they are doing. I am so glad they have this guest book. I will be 60 August the 24th. Thanks everyone for letting me find you.

Marlene Walter Strobel

 

 

 

Date:

01/23/2014

Guest:

31 (Reference ID: 1904006)

Name:

ken williams

Email Address:

kwill111903@bellsouth.net

Location:

florida

Homepage:

None

Comments:

early 60's when Fr. Coughlin was pastor/mentor were memorable-great sports, great nuns & priests-sad that today's kids can't know what it was really like

 

 

 

Date:

12/31/2013

Guest:

32 (Reference ID: 1897659)

Name:

Jack Wesolowski

Email Address:

None

Location:

The Rolling Hills Of N. Central Md.

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Catholic schools were criticized for not having enough extracurricular activities. Critics said that we were too obsessed with academic pursuits. However, LF and the other elementary schools had an annual trip to Gwynn Oak amusement park in April or May. Then there were the May Day athletic contests where elem. schools competed against each other at Patterson Park. LF had an award-winning drum and bugle corps, as well as a baseball team. We also sponsored a bowling league at the Neuman Bros. lanes that ran underneath the Acme food store. I later learned as an adult that LF sometime in the 60s had a full-contact football team. So I can't agree with the critics who alleged that kiddos who went to parochial school weren't as "well-rounded" as the public school kids.

 

 

 

Date:

11/23/2013

Guest:

33 (Reference ID: 1886471)

Name:

Andy and Renee Dreisch

Email Address:

andydreisch@gmail.com

Location:

San Jose, CA

Homepage:

None

Comments:

A message to Fr Mike, who married Renee and me 27 years ago, this past Thursday, at St Rose of Lima. Fr Mike, it was a great privilege seeing you again recently, albeit for the sad circumstance of Eileen Crouse's passing. Still, we appreciated the brief time we had together and we think very highly of you, your being a significant influence in our lives 27 years ago.

Signed,

Andy and Renee Dreisch
546 Esplanade Lane
San Jose, CA 95138

 

 

 

Date:

11/22/2013

Guest:

34 (Reference ID: 1886426)

Name:

tom delamar

Email Address:

tomdel40@yahoo.com

Location:

dundalk md.

Homepage:

https://www.facebook.com/tom.delamar

Comments:

NO COMMENTS ENTERED

 

 

 

Date:

11/07/2013

Guest:

35 (Reference ID: 1884594)

Name:

Jack Wesolowski

Email Address:

None

Location:

The Rolling Hills In N. Central Md.

Homepage:

None

Comments:

There were riding stables near Sinclair and Bowley's Lanes. One was called "Wagon Wheel"; another was "Pinto"; and there may've been a third one. These stables may have also supplied the horses for the "Ayrabber" wagons that prowled our back alleys with produce -- not sure about that -- but they definitely were riding stable for those who could afford to pursue that hobby -- not me. What became Sinclair Lane was at that time in the mid-1950s nothing but a narrow dirt lane. Anyway, I was wondering if any of the folks here remember those stables and have tales to tell...

 

 

 

Date:

11/07/2013

Guest:

36 (Reference ID: 1884592)

Name:

Jack Wesolowski

Email Address:

None

Location:

Maryland

Homepage:

None

Comments:

There's an upbeat, happy-sounding Catholic hymn titled "All Praise To St. Patrick." It's not rock 'n' roll but is the closest to rock 'n' roll that you'll find in a hymn. Kids at LF loved it. We'd sing it even faster than intended, running ahead of the organist, which upset the nuns. That pleased us too. :-) Oh man, I loved the 1950s and school days at LF.

 

 

 

Date:

11/03/2013

Guest:

37 (Reference ID: 1884107)

Name:

Eva Belshaw

Email Address:

None

Location:

Albuquerque, new mexico

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Beautiful, I will go back today again to visit your church. God Bless you

 

 

 

Date:

10/27/2013

Guest:

38 (Reference ID: 1883381)

Name:

Christopher Wm. Newman

Email Address:

cwnewman36@yahoo.com

Location:

Eastern Shore of Virginia

Homepage:

None

Comments:

*See the Patterson website: "Patterson High School, Class of 1961, Baltimore" - go to "Clipper Chatter." Your may enjoy the stories written about "Singing the 6 O'clock Mass" (at Little Flower when I was in the Boys' Choir, late 50's) and other stories about Baltimore, "Highlandtown", Herring Run, Furley Hall Plantation, Memorial Stadium, Haussner's Restaurant, Hutzler's, etc. --- our history in the 1950's and early 1960's. (I wanted to go to Mount Saint Joseph High School but my parents could not afford the tuition - at any rate, Patterson was a great school in those days ... I loved the old school on Ellwood Avenue and the rooftop views of Baltimore City.)

Wish I could get to the Shrine to see the beautiful mural above the high altar, one more time! ... perhaps before winter?

 

 

 

Date:

10/27/2013

Guest:

39 (Reference ID: 1883380)

Name:

Christopher Wm. Newman

Email Address:

cwnewman36@yahoo.com

Location:

Eastern Shore of Virginia

Homepage:

None

Comments:

*See the Patterson website: "Patterson High School, Class of 1961, Baltimore" - go to "Clipper Chatter." Your may enjoy the stories written about "Singing the 6 O'clock Mass" (at Little Flower when I was in the Boys' Choir, late 50's) and other stories about Baltimore, "Highlandtown", Herring Run, Furley Hall Plantation, Memorial Stadium, Haussner's Restaurant, Hutzler's, etc. --- our history in the 1950's and early 1960's. (I wanted to go to Mount Saint Joseph High School but my parents could not afford the tuition - at any rate, Patterson was a great school in those days ... I loved the old school on Ellwood Avenue and the rooftop views of Baltimore City.)

Wish I could get to the Shrine to see the beautiful mural above the high altar, one more time! ... perhaps before winter?

 

 

 

Date:

03/16/2013

Guest:

40 (Reference ID: 1868015)

Name:

Al Grappone

Email Address:

algrappone@comcast.net

Location:

Newark CA

Homepage:

None

Comments:

Started school in 1930. Now 90. Lived across the street from the playground. Retired USN.

 

 

 

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