Re: St. Helena's Carnival...April 27th-May 2nd
When did you go there? Here's a bit of history.
Originally Posted by Forum Junkie
The parish formed in 1938. The founding pastor was Father Edward Dougherty (pronounced Dockerty for the Irish) and the assistant pastor was Father Thomas Reece.
What they now call Dougherty Hall was THE church. Where the convent now sits was a small, wood frame white house. It was the rectory. Where the church and rectory now sit, was nothing but open field. The convent was located 4-blocks to the south on Philadelphia Pike. The nuns used to walk (In a column of 2's) to the school each school morning.
The school officially opened for classes beginning September 1949. It housed grades 1 through 6. It expanded through grade 8 in September 1952. The school was financed (both phases) through a grant from the John J. Rascob Foundation.
In fact, his foundation paid for the construction of every parish parochial school built in New Castle County prior to 1957.
There were no lay teachers. The Sisters of St. Joseph did the teaching and the stipend for nuns at that time was $15 a month. The pastor's salary was $4,000 a year. The assistant made $2,900 a year.
I have not checked since about 1990, but a nun's stipend had jumped all the way to $40 a month. It's probably all the way to about $80 a month now.
School tuition amounted to $5 a month/child. Parents placed it in the offering basket during Sunday mass. The honor system was in effect at that time because there were no "offering envelopes."
I graduated in June 1956. I went on to Salesianum where the tuition was a whopping $90 a year. The Wilmington Diocese paid the tuition for any boy who's parents could not afford it.
And, just for the record, the carnival has been held every year since 1951. I attended my first one (alone) in 1954. My mother gave me $2. That $2 got me on every ride, plus a hot dog, French fries, and a Coke.
Things were different then, not better, mind you, just simpler and different.
Even if the pessimists are right, in the end, the optimists will have had a much more enjoyable trip through life.