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December 11, 2019
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NATURALIZATION CEREMONY

On Friday, February 19th at 11:00 a.m. St. James will have the privilege of hosting a Naturalization Ceremony for individuals who will become new American citizens. This is our 16th year to sponsor this momentous occasion. On this day the Church Hall will become an official court of law presided over by Magistrate Judge Karen L. Litkovitz, who will administer the oath of citizenship.  Typically we have up to 100 candidates for citizenship from countries all over the world.  This is an important and memorable day for these people, many of whom travel quite a distance to be here.

St. James students participate in the ceremony in a number of ways. The children’s choir opens the ceremony with enjoyable music and the St. James Scouting groups help direct the morning’s traffic and post both the American and Ohio flags. 7th and 8th Grade students will have the honor of attending the ceremony in conjunction with their study of Citizenship.  They will also assist with the morning refreshments, clean up, and provide congratulatory cards to the new citizens.  The 8th Grade students will also have the opportunity to hear the story of, Sacha Bellman, a member of our community who became a Naturalized citizen. She will do a presentation the week before the ceremony during school hours.

It is inspirational to hear each applicant stand and state their name and country of origin before declaring their Oath of Allegiance to the United States.  They make the promise to “support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States.”  Finally, they face the United States flag and recite the Pledge of Allegiance for the first time as United States citizens.

With the support of Mrs. Hinton, Mr. Fulmer, Fr.Nolker, PTO, the Hospitality Committee, and the staff and teachers of St. James we are proud to show our support to the wider community in which we live. Thank you to all who make this special event possible.

If anyone would like information or have questions about the ceremony please contact Christina Sillies @ 513-741-8747.