OLMC School Carries New Crest in Boonton Fireman’s Parade
Over sixty students, parents and staff of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School marched and handed out gifts at the Boonton Fireman’s Parade. The marchers were led by Pastor, Father Daniel O’Mullane and two eighth graders, Joseph Sorce and Salvatore Parent. The eighth graders carried a banner with a crest newly designed for the Church and School. At Our Lady of Mount Carmel, we celebrate children’s curiosity and delight in stimulating their love for the True, the Good, and the Beautiful! We seek to inspire their thinking with an encounter with the best ideas that have been thought and written down throughout history – even as we work to nurture the virtues of faith, hope, and love. The crest was designed to capture what the Church and School represent. The Alpha and the Omega is the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, the beginning and the end, and a title of Christ or of God in the Book of Revelation. Below the Alpha & Omega is a chevron. Examples of chevrons can be found approximately 1800 BC in archaeological recovery of pottery designs from the palace of Knossos on Crete in the modern day country of Greece. A chevron is also one of the simple geometrical figures which are the chief images in many coats of arms. For Our Lady of Mount Carmel, it is also representative of the holy mountain, Mount Carmel, near the modern port city of Haifa, Israel, which is not far from where Christ grew up.
Central to the crest for Our Lady of Mount Carmel, is a heart ablaze. Luke 24:32: Then they said to each other, "Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road and explained the scriptures to us?" An engaging classroom is at the heart of the experience at Our Lady of Mount Carmel School. The purpose is to ignite this same passion for learning in our children. At the very top of the crest lies a Marion Crown. After Jesus took Mary, body and soul into heaven, He crowned her Queen of Heaven and earth.
The marchers proudly wore shirts with the new crest and enjoyed the time with friends new and old and meeting families in the community. All are excited to come together for the new school year at Our Lady of Mount Carmel.