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Music groups from three Catholic high schools among those performing May 19 at St. Helena Church in memory of late student

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A variety of music groups will be gathering at St. Helena Church in Bellefonte on the evening of May 19 for “You’ll Never Walk Alone: A Musical Offering of Hope and Healing.”

The event, organized by members of the parish council and music director Joe Louden, begins at 7:30 p.m.

The choirs from Salesianum School, Padua Academy and Ursuline Academy will perform, along with St. Helena’s music ministry and a professional orchestra, according to Mena D’Amato, a member of the parish council. Louden teaches at Ursuline and has long worked with the choirs from the three schools, in addition to his work at the church.

D’Amato said the evening will be a celebration of Mary, “our mother, and the beacon of light in challenging times. During this event, we will come together as a larger community to especially support those in need of comfort and support.”

The concert will be dedicated to the memory of Paul David “Gus” Sargent III, who died suddenly last November at the age of 14. Gus was an eighth-grader at St. Edmond’s Academy in north Wilmington and a confirmation candidate at St. Helena. Before attending St. Edmond’s, he had gone to St. Anthony of Padua School in Wilmington.

Gus was an athlete and Boy Scout in addition to a student. He had planned to go to high school at Salesianum, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, according to his obituary.