Area Catholic students send giant rosary heavenward
rosary balloons seem to form a heart shape as they float in the sky after the
eighth-grade students at Wyoming Area Catholic School released them on Friday
As the last "amen" resounded, eighth-grade classmates
at Wyoming Area Catholic School released their grip on a over-size rosary fashioned
from more than 50 biodegradable, helium-filled balloons and watched it float gently
"It's heart-warming," said mom Linda Mangan, who came to
the school on Friday afternoon to watch the seventh-annual, outdoor event. "It
makes me want to cry."
"It's a beautiful project," said another
mom, Elaine Granteed. "It's a visual expression of our faith."
like you're sending your prayers up to God," Mangan said.
Catholic principal Eileen Rischcoff said the program reinforces that idea for
the students, and the school times the event to coincide with the Feast of Our
Lady of the Rosary on Oct. 7.
"I tell them we're praying for peace,"
Rischcoff said. "Peace in the world, peace in our town, peace in our families
and peace in our hearts."
Some of the eighth-graders confided before they
started the prayers that they had extra, personal intentions.
Grace Mangan, for one, said she'd be praying for "my grandmother. She's my
Jayden Satkowski, also 13, said he'd be praying for his mom,
who passed away two years ago after suffering an aneurysm.
Jayden said he believes
his late mother, Amy, would be aware of and pleased by the rosary service, as
would Mary, the mother of Jesus, whom he considers to be his mother, too.
so nice to watch this," said another mom, Irene Kovaleski, as the airborne
balloons - put together by the Exeter business Balloon Works by Party Zone - spiraled
around each other and almost formed a heart shape, heading up toward a barely-visible
Kovaleski's son, David, is in second grade and has several more
years to participate in events similar to Friday's program, during which younger
students, clutching small rosaries of various colors, prayed along while the eighth-graders
led each "Hail Mary," "Our Father" and "Glory Be."
Having a larger role as eighth-graders is something Caitlyn Maslar and Kayla
Kovaleski, both 13, anticipated for years.