Bless Me Sister

A Slightly Irreverent Look at Attending Catholic Grammar School

A Catholic Humor Book
by Tom Zappala

What The Critics Are Saying

The Good Sisters Were Always One Step Ahead Of Us

“We cried on the first day of school because we were scared, and we cried on the last day of eighth grade because we were sad to leave.”

This light-hearted trip down memory lane will take you from the late 1950s into the 1960s as seen through the eyes of an inner-city Italian American parochial school kid. You’ll follow his adventures from the first day of school to graduation.

Inside The Catholic Humor Book

The school was filled with kids who had good Italian values, great parents and a rich culture, but they were city kids who were always looking for an angle. The Irish nuns who taught them were usually on top of the situation and, more often than not, this leads to some humorous escapades. When the day was done, they learned, loved, and laughed, thanks to the good Sisters of Notre Dame.

About The Author

Tom Zappala

Tom Zappala


Tom Zappala is a businessman in the greater Boston area who is passionate about maintaining the traditions and historical significance of our National Pastime. He is co-author of the award-winning books The T206 Collection: The Players & Their Stories, The Cracker Jack Collection: Baseball’s Prized Players, and The 100 Greatest Baseball Autographs. In addition to co-hosting a popular Boston area radio talk show, Zappala co-hosts The Great American Collectibles Show which airs nationally every week. As co-owner of ATS Communications, a multimedia and consulting company, he handles publicity and personal appearances for several authors and a variety of artists in the entertainment field. He enjoys collecting vintage baseball and boxing memorabilia using the simple philosophy of collecting for the love of the sport. Proud of his Italian heritage, Zappala recently authored Bless Me Sister, a humorous book about his experience attending an Italian parochial school.

In The Press

Zappala Reminisces About Parochial Grammar School in ‘Bless Me Sister’

Previously Featured in Lawrence The Eagle Tribune

“It’s a nostalgic and often humorous look back to the late 1950s and 1960s in a six-block area rich in Italian-American culture, a time when recorded opera music drifted from open windows and mothers and fathers called out from stoops for their children to come inside from playing.


It was also time when the nuns who taught at the neighborhood parochial school had a steadfast place in students’ lives. To this day, Zappala can hear the wooden clickers that the sisters held in their hands, the number of clicks telling the children to stand, sit or quiet down.”

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