Our Lady of Guadalupe tree lighting: Celebration and tribute

December 10, 2010 at 10:19 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news, West Seattle religion | 3 Comments

On the night of the Feast Day in honor of their church and school’s namesake, Our Lady of Guadalupe‘s Christmas tree shines bright near the city’s highest point. The tree lights went on during a festive, well-attended community celebration tonight. But before the lights, and the caroling, OLG’s Father Jack Walmesley had two things to share with the crowd – news about OLG’s principal Kristin Dixon, following a tribute in memory of parishioner Mitch Forrey, who along with wife Mary inspired the annual tree-lighting celebration:

Shortly afterward, the main event, the tree countdown, led by the event’s emcee Brian Callanan, a local TV journalist, West Seattleite, and OLG parishioner:

This is the tree’s second year with energy-saving LED lights, by the way. After the lighting – with the weather still blessedly dry – it was time for lots of crowd caroling, led by OLG choir director Ann Sager. “Jingle Bells” – with car keys used as impromptu bells if need be – is a tradition at this event:

Other caroling included “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”:

Also noted during tonight’s event, Our Lady of Guadalupe’s ongoing fundraising campaign to add a new Parish Life Center and gym; according to the campaign’s website, the campaign has brought in more than half the $4.2 million they’re working to raise.

SIDE NOTE: OLG is one of the local churches whose Christmas services are listed/linked on the WSB West Seattle Holidays page – if yours aren’t there yet, we invite you to send the information so we can add it there too!


  1. Thanks for this coverage. I missed this, wanted to be there, and it’s great to see it! Kristin really is a fabulous principal! She is just the right balance of compassion and discipline…

    Comment by ellenater — 12:20 am December 11, 2010 #

  2. Thank you for linking to Mitch Forrey’s obituary. Though I hadn’t seen him in decades, I have only fond memories of knowing him as a classmate at Denny and Sealth.

    Comment by Alvis — 10:00 am December 11, 2010 #

  3. Hey, just so you know, Tony (RIP) Genzale always talked up this school. He often said kind words about Guadalupe, and urged that it is a great place to send your kids.

    Comment by (required) — 10:12 am December 11, 2010 #

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