Visitation Parish photo by Donna Sepull-Vanderzanden
Justina Tunnell, Matthew LaBonte and Megan Tunnell
Visitation Parish photo by Donna Sepull-Vanderzanden
Justina Tunnell, Matthew LaBonte and Megan Tunnell
VERBOORT — As the bell tolled, the children of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School, along with Father Michael Vuky, walked in silence to their places in the lawn near the statue of Mary. It was a fair May day.

Matthew LaBonte placed a floral crown on the state. Justina and Megan Tunnell gave Matthew the crown on a pillow and held the ladder. All three took flowers from the children to place near Mary. Students take a test on Mary beforehand to determine who does what in the ceremony. The annual event includes recitation of the rosary; each Hail Mary is read by a student who places a flower on the ground. Seventh and eighth graders also read scripture and lead other prayers.  

— Donna Sepull-Vanderzanden