Diocesan News

Student baptized, receives first Communion

WAVERLY (SNR) – Lexxus Monae Parker-Griffin, a student at Villa Marie Home and School for Exceptional Children in Waverly, was baptized and received her first Communion at the Villa Marie School Chapel May 14.

Lexxus has been a student at Villa Marie for five years and has been awaiting the fulfillment of her desire to be baptized for some time. Sister Jeanette Rerucha, M.S., principal at Villa Marie, and Sister Loretta Happe, M.S., planned Lexxus’ continued education and preparation for the sacraments with her mother Lorena Parker and chaplain Msgr. John Perkinton.

Sister Jeanette then surprised Lexxus with the news of her upcoming baptism and first Communion May 3. Lexxus was also presented with a dress to wear for the celebration. These surprises were captured on video, available on the school’s Facebook page, “Villa Marie Home & School for Exceptional Children.”

Msgr. Perkinton performed the baptism and gave Lexxus her first Communion May 14. Office Manager  Sheila Priess and her husband Reed are Lexxus’ godparents.

Villa Marie was founded by Msgr. James Dawson and has been in operation since 1964.

The school provides a loving, home-like atmosphere for up to 24 special-needs children, both day students and boarders, and strives to prepare the students to function effectively in social situations, to live independently, and to use their skills in productive employment.

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