The History of St. Cecilia School
On June 3, 1908, a group of men and women met to discuss securing a Catholic church for the village of Oakley. And that is where the history of St. Cecilia Parish begins. This group of people represented most of the 65 Catholic families then residing in or near Oakley. On July 26, 1908, the pastor celebrated Holy Mass for the first time for the members of St. Cecilia Parish in the Oakley town hall.
Over the next four years, a temporary church was built, the parish continued to grow, and soon there was a need for a school for the children of the parish. In 1912, ground was broken for a new building – the future site of St. Cecilia School – on Taylor Avenue.
St. Cecilia School opened on September 8, 1913, with an enrollment of 125 students. The school was in the charge of three Sisters of Mercy: Sister Mary Bernadette, the first principal, assisted by Sister Rose and Sister deSales. Enrollment continued to climb year after year, and throughout the 20’s, more than 400 children attended the school each year.
In March 1955, four classrooms, a gymnasium, and a nurse’s room were added adjacent to the two-story school building. The nurse’s room in the original school building was later converted to a remedial reading center.
In 1970, the Holy Name Society and the Dads’ Club combined to form the Men’s Society. The society’s purpose was to sponsor and finance extracurricular athletics for the schoolchildren. This group is now known as the St. Cecilia Boosters. Sports programs have been offered to both boys and girls of St. Cecilia School from its beginning.
Today, St. Cecilia School is proud to offer a strong academic program to its students, fostering a love of learning for a lifetime from a caring and nurturing staff.
About Our Patron Saint
Saint Cecilia is the patron saint of musicians and Church music because when she was dying she sang to God. St. Cecilia was an only child.
The feast day of Saint Cecilia is celebrated in the Roman Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic Churches on November 22. She is one of the most popular Roman saints, and is one of seven women, excluding the Blessed Virgin, commemorated by name in the Canon of the Mass.
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