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104 W. First Street Mansfield, Ohio 44902 419-524-2572

St. Peters
February 2013 Issue 17

Administration/Staff
Fr. Gregory Hite Pastor/Superintendent Fr. Tom McQuillen Associate Pastor Terry Philpott, John Reef Deacons Bill Johnson Director of Music & Liturgy Elizabeth Wurm Director of Religious Education Lynne Lukach Adult Faith Coordinator Jerry Straub Business Manager Carla Eighinger Office Assistant Tracey Williamson Tuition Manager Vickie Palmer Parish Secretary Audrey Ralph, Cindy Wrobleski Parish Center Secretaries Cathy Stout Development Director Sr. Bernard Marie Campbell Development Associate Joan Gemzer Administrative Assistant to Development & The Msgr. Dunn Foundation Kathy Morris Marketing/Webmaster Elaine Zarczynski Family Editor Michelle Failor Family Assistant Tina Siegfried Montessori Preschool/ Kindergarten Director Jim Smith Elementary Principal Bev Brook Elementary Assistant Principal Tressa Reith Junior High/High School Principal Melinda Milligan Child Care Director A complete list of parish and school staff is available on the website at www. mansfieldstpeters.org. Family Graphic Design Anatra Graphic Art, Inc. web-site: anatragraphicart.com This publication will be mailed three times a year to alumni, friends and members of St. Peters Parish and St. Peters School. The magazine is created to connect alumni and friends of St. Peters to events, programs and activities taking place within the parish and school community. Any comments or responses to articles, requests to be added to the mailing list, as well as story ideas should be directed to: Elaine Zarczynski, Family Editor St. Peters Parish Center 104 W. First Street Mansfield, OH 44902 419-524-2572 The Blessed Sacrament finds its home once more at the High Altar
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Index
Pastor/Superintendent Greeting.............................................................Page 2 Parish News.............................................................................................Page 3 School News ..........................................................................................Page 10 Alumni ..................................................................................................Page 19

Greetings
Dear Friend(s) in Christ, May the blessings of the New Year be with you and your loved ones! During this Year of Faith proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI, may we join in prayer for an increase of faith in our world, our nation, our communities and our families. The Christmas season officially ended with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (January 13, 2013); however, by the time you receive this edition of Family Magazine we will be preparing for the liturgical season of Lent. Ash Wednesday is February 13, 2013 this year. Our country recently heard another State of the Union. These continue to be challenging times for our country. Let us continue to pray for those who suffer the effects of our economy and unemployment. Let us also pray for those whose lives are threatened (born and unborn); those unjustly deprived of liberty; those in prison; and those who courageously embrace redemptive suffering in hospitals, in care facilities, and in hospice. This issue of Family also allows me the opportunity to offer a State of the Parish. Known as the Status Animarum (literally, the State of Souls), I offer the following: According to the in-church annual October count, Mass attendance was slightly higher this year: average weekend attendance was 1254 (average attendance at four weekend Masses); Total number of registered households was also higher: 1854 (compared to 1841 in 2011); While adult, children, and infant baptisms were down (49 in 2012, compared to 68 in 2011), the number of infant baptisms increased - a total of 33 infant baptisms in 2012; Eight became fully initiated members of the Catholic Church through the RCIA process; Marriages in the Church decreased from 17 in 2011 to 13 in 2012; 79 funerals were celebrated; slightly down from last year (85); From a financial perspective, we were able to finish the 2012 fiscal year in the positive, and were able to offer our employees a modest increase of 2% for the first time in four years. The parish debt to the diocese was reduced to $110,000, and we having been making our monthly pledges to the diocese on schedule. Obviously, the sooner we erase this outstanding amount, the more secure our finances will be. Moreover, the parish still has a responsibility to eliminate the debt associated with the Activities Building at Spartan Fields, currently at $120,000. Operationally speaking, we depend in greatest measure on our weekly Offertory Collections (as well as Christmas and Easter collections). The weekly average increased 16.68% from the previous year ($22,084.78 from July to December, 2012, compared to $18,926.99 in 2011, same period). Operations budgeted year to date indicate a deficit of $75,795.72, however, as of 12/31/2012. Our Finance Council has determined that our parish requires an average Offertory income of $25,000 weekly to meet our expenses. Thank you to all parishioners who have helped to increase weekly Offertory by your sacrifice. Your support is very important and appreciated! Clearly, our parish is moving in a positive direction, and I am confident we are all committed to the future of our parish and its ministries!! If you have not financially supported the parish according to your means, I prayerfully ask you to share the responsibility of keeping our parish viable through your sacrificial Offertory gift. The work of the Gospel continues in so many ways in our parish: through our educational system and religious education program; through extracurricular opportunities for our youth; through sacramental formation and liturgical celebration; through ministry to the poor, the hungry, and the sick. This is clearly not an exhaustive list. Many volunteers give of their time and service to countless forms of Christian service. We have so many generous and committed parish volunteers, and we cannot do without you!! Please consult our website for the various ministries that are supported by our parish. We need your time and talent to continue offering the love of Christ to others! May the Lord bless you and keep you in the approaching Lenten season and may your prayers, sacrifices, and charity be pleasing in the Lords sight! With gratitude for our blessings and continued prayers in this Year of Faith,

Rev. Gregory R. Hite, M.S., S.T.L. Pastor and Superintendent

Parish News
Editors Note
As I was reviewing this issue of Family and noting all the great arts info, it occurred to me that there was a lack of one important part of life at St. Peters: SPORTS! I am a big believer in school sports and my husband and I spent 4 years as bleacher parents ourselves. School sports provide so many wonderful opportunities to our students; a sense of belonging (whether as participant or observer), fitness, team-building, individual achievement, time management skills. So, coaches and student athletes how about contributing to our next issue and giving our readers a glimpse of what goes on as St. Peters Spartans?

A glimpse into the Knights of Columbus


By Thomas R. Plaisted So who are these men that are called Knights, and what do they do? You might have asked this question at one time or another, and if so it is understandable. A lot of people think that the Knights of Columbus is an extremely secretive organization that is difficult to get into. Well, it really is none of that. Let me introduce myself. I am Thomas Plaistedfirst, a parishioner of Saint Peters and, second, I am a Knight of Columbus. I belong to Council #687 and I just happen to be the Grand Knight of the council. I wanted to write an article for this publication that would allow a better understanding of what the Council does. The Knights of Columbus was founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in 1882 and is based upon four principles: Charity, Unity, Brotherhood and Patriotism. Everything that the Knights do is in support of one or multiples of these principles. Note that Charity is mentioned first. So what does Council #687 do to support this principle? On December 15 and 16 of 2012, the Mansfield Toy Time workers delivered toys to the needy of our community. The Knights provided them with sloppy joes, shredded chicken and buns, so that all of the delivery people would have some hot food during and after their work. Boy Scouts with special needs are able to attend summer camp because of the efforts of the Knights. We call it the Measure Up Campaign which usually happens at the end of May. The Knights can be found collecting money and selling 12 measuring sticks at various places of businesses so that money can be raised for the camp experience. We support the annual Special Needs Free Throw Competition. If you want to have a real interesting afternoon, just come out and support this event! When you do it the first time you will never say, No, to helping out again. This is a real special day and more people should take notice. These are just a few of the events we do that support the Charity principle. Notice, I did not go on about the other principles. That is because I want the men of our parish to take notice. I want them to be curious about these other principles and have a desire to find out what they are about. It really is quite easy! Become a Knight and learn. How you say? Just contact me at my home 419-774-0231. I will tell you exactly how to become a Knight. I will assist you however I can. There are many benefits to being a Knight of Columbus. You will always be surrounded by upstanding, quality, Catholic gentlemen who will do anything they can to help their brother Knights. You will have access to financial tools offered by the Knights. With our council you will have access to the Council Home and be able to take advantage of the meals and camaraderie that is offered at the lounge. By becoming a Knight you will have access to any Knights of Columbus Council by just showing your traveling card. On the other hand, by not joining the Knights of Columbus, you will be missing out on a learning and service opportunity afforded by our Catholic faith. All good Catholic gentlemen should be Knights of Columbus. You will be missing out in helping with the good deeds that the Knights do that usually are not highly visible. For instance, the Knights are responsible for the ramp that helps parishioners who have difficulty with stairs easily access the altar of our parish. I have got to tell you, I understand what it is to be a Knight of Columbus and I challenge you to learn for yourself what it means to be a Knight. Call me!

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Parish News
The Missing Link
By Elaine Zarczynski Since 1980, Sr. Paula Bingert has been the self-appointed archivist for St. Peters Parish. Assembling all aspects of historical memorabilia, the collection is now housed in The Heritage Room, on the 1st floor of the high school. This area was the former projection booth for the ground floor VE room. Filling The Heritage Room are records, documents, photos, books, furniture and Rev. Leo J. Brissel celebrating his First Mass at St. Peters on May 17, 1913 other assemblies of bric-a-brac from a century of Church history. In her constant efforts to organize the materials, every now and then Sr. Paula is at a loss to identify or classify an item. She asked if she might turn to Family as a resource to help her in her pursuits. In one photo, there is an arched cabinet, which stands approximately 27 tall, 13 across and 10 deep. Sr. Paula would like to know if anyone can identify where this had been used in the church and for what purpose. In another photo, we have a table known as a Flambeau or candlestick holder. The table is 14 tall, 28 wide and 13 deep. Sr. Paula is seeking old photos showing the use of this table in church services. Lastly, there is a photo of Rev. Leo J. Brissel, Flambeau holder born in Mansfield, ordained May 17, 1913 and celebrating his first Mass at St. Peters on May 18, 1913. Included in the photo are a number of local children that Sr. Paula would love to identify. In the back row from left to right are: Gerald Voegele; unknown server, Rev. Brissel, Rev. Karl Brand, and Arched cabinet unknown server. In the bottom row we have left to right: Anna Hertz, Evangeline Dorian (?), Robert Lee, unknown boy, unknown girl, George Wintersteen, unknown girl and unknown girl. If you can help identify any of the persons in this photo, please contact Sr. Paula with the information. Thank you!

April 19, 2013


Wine, food, friends, family and Annual Auction AN ART AFFAIR!
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Save the Date! Renaissance Theatre

Parish News
By Bill Johnson If youve been to Mass at St. Peters in the past few months, you may have noticed that the Blessed Sacrament is once again being reserved in the tabernacle on the high altar in the sanctuary. The restoration of the main tabernacle took place over the summer of 2012 and the solemn transfer of the Sacrament took place on the Solemnity of Christ the King November 25, 2012. Since approximately 1970 the Blessed Sacrament had been reserved in the tabernacle at the altar of St. Joseph on the northern side of the Church. At that time the mechanism inside the tabernacle on the high altar failed and it was impossible to open the tabernacle any longer, according to St. Peters retired Pastor, the late Monsignor Edward C. Dunn. (When the tabernacle was removed to be repaired, an old linen

The Blessed Sacrament finds its home once more at the High Altar
corporal (altar linen) was found inside. It may well have been there for forty years or more!) After receiving permission from Toledo Diocesan Bishop Leonard P. Blair, St. Peters Pastor, Father Gregory Hite, determined that the tabernacle restoration project would begin over the summer, assuming funding can be obtained. Thanks to an anonymous donor, the entire cost of the restoration was underwritten by last June and during the last week of June, stone masons from the Venetian Marble Company in Tiffin, Ohio, came and removed the tabernacle from its housing inside the high altar. During the following months, a covering of white satin protected the appearance of the altar and the opening in front. The tabernacle repair and refinishing took place over the next few months and was facilitated by Matt Letzelter, representative of the Root Candle Company. Matt has assisted us with the restoration of our Monstrance, several chalices and some other altar wares. A new key and lock mechanism were installed and the entire exterior of the tabernacle was refinished

and polished. The tabernacle itself was returned at the beginning of October and was reinstalled by Venetian Marble during the first week of October. At the same time, the altar was cleaned and repaired and numerous rust stains in the stone were removed. The clamps used to hold the altar cloth in place were replaced on all three altars in the sanctuary by Deacon Terry Philpott, assisted by parishioner Louis Gaul. (A brass hand rail will soon be installed to allow people to climb the steps to the altar without falling.) Before the tabernacle was returned to the altar, our Pastor, Father Hite, gathered together several items, including the letter of permission from Bishop Blair, a letter signed and sealed by Father Hite certifying that the restoration had been completed properly, a medallion of Pope Benedict XVI, a rosary from our diocesan center and a copy of the Parish Centennial Book. He stored these inside a metal time capsule and placed it inside the niche before the tabernacle was cemented into place. The blessing and rededication of the tabernacle and the solemn translation of the Blessed Sacrament took place during Solemn Evening Prayer with exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on the Feast of the Christ the King on November

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The following information from Fr. Hite ran in the bulletin for several weeks following the relocation of the tabernacle and addressing the proper reverence acknowledging this change. As of the Solemnity of Christ the King (Nov. 25), the reserved Most Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist is now located on the High Altar in our church. A red hurricane light, signifying the continued presence of the Blessed Sacrament, is located to the left of the High Altar. The Blessed Sacrament was formerly located at the St. Joseph Altar. It is Catholic custom, upon entering church, to bless ourselves with Holy Water, making the Sign of the Cross. To honor the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in church, it is also appropriate to make a reverence before entering our pews for prayer and worship. For those who are able, a genuflection on the right knee, making the Sign of the Cross, is appropriate. For those who cannot genuflect, a reverent bow to the center of our sanctuary is also an appropriate reverence -recognizing that the Blessed Sacrament is present. Parents, please take a moment to instruct your child(ren) in this practice. Thank you, and God continue to bless you!

25, 2012. Father Hite presided at the liturgy, assisted by Associate Pastor Father Tom McQuillen, Father Anthony Recker, Seminarian Andrew Wellmann, and servers and lectors from St. Peters. The St. Peters Choir performed the anthem Cantate Domino during the liturgy and sang all the psalms of Evening Prayer under the direction of Bill Johnson, St. Peters Principal Organist and Music Director. Once the next phase of the project is fully funded, it is hoped that the tabernacle at the St. Joseph altar can be renovated to become the ambry for the Parishs holy oils. An ambry is a cabinet or storage place for the Oil of Catechumens, the Oil of the Sick and the Sacred Chrism, kept in the sanctuary of the Church. Some funding for the project has already been received and we have high hopes that the project can be completed soon. Contact Father Hite or Bill Johnson if you would like more information or would like to donate to the project.

Parish News
June 30, 2012 and 2011 June 30, 2012 Assets Current Assets Checking/Savings Restricted Funds Accounts Receivable Other Current Assets Total Current Assets Total Assets Liabilities & Equity Liabilities Current Liabilities Accounts Payable Diocesan Payables Diocesan Collections Parish Designated Special Gifts Payroll Liabilities Other Current Liabilities Deferred Income Total Current Liabilities Long Term Liabilities Diocese of Toledo - LOC Total Long Term Liabilities Total Liabilities Equity Retained Earnings Net Income/(Loss) Total Equity Total Liabilities & Equity

St. Peters Parish & School Report of Financial Operations


for the twelve months ending June 30, 2012 and 2011 June 30, 2011 Jul 11-Jun 12 Ordinary Income Parish Receipts Sunday & Holy Day Collections $926,168 Christmas & Easter Collections 89,699 Other 76,664 Total Parish Receipts 1,092,531 School Related Receipts Tuition 2,038,527 Annual Scholarship Drive 118,879 Msgr Edward C Dunn Endowment 113,128 Mandated Service Revenue 178,815 Student Services 515,642 Other 211,696 Total School Related Receipts 3,176,687 Parish Fundraising Activities 129,691 Total Income 4,398,909 Ordinary Expense Employee Compensation & Benefits 3,272,376 Parish Expenses 62,960 Office & Administrative Expenses 171,506 Diocesan Assessments 90,688 School/Student Related Expenses 227,871 Parish Fundraising Activities Expenses 50,061 Plant Operations 405,106 Total Expense 4,280,568 Net Ordinary Income/(Loss) 118,341 Other Income/(Expense) Parish Debt Relief 91,309 Parish Capital Campaign 9,313 Cancellation of Loan Msgr Dunn Foundation Spartan Field Debt Reduction (Expense) (3,000) Total Other Income/(Expense) 97,622 Net Income/(Loss) $215,963 Jul 10-Jun 11

Balance Sheets

Statements of Operations

$595,173 (502,609) 354,265 550 447,379 $447,379

$233,296 (358,378) 337,036 1,605 213,559 $213,559

$958,516 91,539 91,685 1,141,740 2,168,067 108,242 96,510 180,844 542,882 109,153 3,205,698 131,511 4,478,949 3,549,527 42,235 157,052 88,063 252,118 63,363 394,610 4,546,968 (68,019) 77,527 11,878 46,807 136,212 $68,193

$50,521 451,974 5,216 66,359 31,117 1,668 8,300 615,155

$100,380 414,599 9,142 37,416 31,636 779 3,346 597,297

650,320 650,320 1,265,475

650,320 650,320 1,247,617

(1,034,060) 215,963 (818,097) $447,378

(1,102,251) 68,193 (1,034,058) $213,559

The following information was shared by Jerry Straub, Business Manager, during the October 20-21, 2012 Masses. The left side of St. Peters Parish and School Report of Financial Operations is your Balance Sheet (what I like to refer to as a financial snapshot of our Parish and Schools at a specific time in this case - the end of our fiscal year June30th). The right side is your Statement of Operations (in essence a movie or a financial reproduction of what happened throughout the fiscal year ending June30th). Today, I would like to briefly focus on whats behind some of those numbers. The balance sheet indicates our total assets are $447K (more than twice as much as the year before) and our total liabilities are $1.2M. Of that $1.2 million, we owe $1.1M to the Diocese of Toledo. We have $354K in outstanding tuition receivables. Most of that will be collected during the school year. That is one of our essential objectives this year. Collection of tuition receivables is critical so we can have the cash to meet payroll and other operating expenses. The statement of operations shows we had net income of $216K this year versus $68K last year. It is important that we generate a net income to support our need to fund capital improvements for the Parish and School. A closer look at the statement of operations shows that both our income and expenses were less this year compared to last year.

The following information was provided by John Kastelic, Finance Council Chair, during the October 20-21, 2012 Masses. Now lets take a brief walk through our current budget for the year ended June 30, 2013. In the budget ending June 30, 2013, we are projecting a net income of $150K. The budget included wage and salary increases for the teachers and parish staff; a $100K payment towards Diocesan debt and $20,000 for future capital improvements. Some key assumptions we made included Sunday offerings of $21K per week designated for the Parish and $4K per week designated for the School. Tuition receipts were estimated at $2.2M. Total income was projected to be $4.5M. Total expenses were budgeted at $4.4M. Of that amount $3.3M represents employee compensation and benefits; $82K diocesan assessment; $45K for instructional supplies; $87K for food purchases in cafeteria; $150K for repairs and maintenance; $54K for janitorial services; $48K for plant operation supplies; $91K for electric and $87K for gas. These are the larger amounts. There are also other expenditure over $10K each. As you can see, St. Peters Parish and School is a large operation approaching $5M in operating expenses. We appreciate and need your financial support and prayers so we can continue to be vital part of this community. My heartfelt thanks to all who serve on the Finance Council, Budget Committee and Properties Committee. Their contributions of time and talent are so important to our continued success.

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November 10, 1934 October 22, 1912

Remembering Sister Grace Straub


The following is an excerpt from Sr. Graces Alleluia Letter. According to Sr. Bernard Marie Campbell, when a Franciscan Sister dies, someone, most often a member of the congregation administration, writes the letter for the departed Sister. It is then read at the prayer service in Joliet. At the funeral Mass, one of the Sisters, usually a close friend, gives a reflection (homily) connecting the readings to the life of the Sister. On the afternoon of October 22, 2012, our Sister Grace Straub found herself counted among those blessed servants whom the Master found waiting upon his arrival (Lk: 12:37). Returning to God with graciousness all that she had graciously received, and died as she had lived, welcoming the gift of God, revealing his handiwork, and entering more deeply into the mystery of what it means to be created in Christ Jesus for good works. (Eph 2:9-10). Born to her loving parents Edwin and Alta (Kirkpatrick) Straub, on November 10, 1934, Grace was the fourth of five children. Baptized and educated at St. Peters Parish in Mansfield, Ohio, she came under the influence of the Joliet Franciscan spirit as a child. From an early age, Grace, together with her sisters Rita and Helen, was mindful of the fragility and vulnerability of life. The death of her infant brother, Philip, and the special needs of her beloved sister, Patty, made her particularly sensitive to the preciousness of each person entrusted to her care. Moved by the desire to be an educator and a Franciscan sister, Graces vocational paths converged as she ventured forward into adulthood with her characteristic sense of simplicity and joy. Entering the Postulancy of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate in January of 1953, she was received into the Novitiate in August of the same year and given the religious name of Gretchen. Making her first profession of vows on August 12, 1955, she was assigned soon thereafter to the wonderful world of first and third graders, a treasured world that she would weave her way in and out of for many years to come. Professing her final vows on August 13, 1958, Sister Gretchen continued to grow in her own convictions about the spirit-filled dynamics of teaching and learning as she herself completed studies in Sociology at the then College of St. Francis. Engaged by the challenges and opportunities of a world and a Church in the process of unprecedented change and renewal, she responded single-mindedly and courageously to her missionary calling with an unwavering heart full of love, solitude, gentle humor and humility. In a 1963 letter to her classmates, she reflected upon her experience of being a slow learner in language school and the difficulties she faced when required on a weekly basis to tell a story in Portuguese to her fellow students. Boy, does the language ever get murdered then! I usually end up winning the prize for the most errors but someone has to be the others consolation!! As one of the founding Franciscan missionaries in Santa Helena de Goias, Irma Gretchen planted many seeds during her decade of ministry in Brazil. Until this day in Santa Helena, a vestige of Irma Gretchens lasting influence is still evidenced in the noteworthy Palmer method hand-writing of her former students as well as their children and grandchildren. Always inclined to trust in Gods holy manner of working, our Gracie as she was affectionately called possessed a seemingly inexhaustible generosity of spirit even in the midst of those heartrending experiences when God begged back from her the preciously bestowed gifts of beloved family members, of cherished friends and classmates, of a missionary calling and an envisioned future, of a generative ministry of teaching and a lovingly devoted ministry of care-giving and, ultimate the countless

remembrances and memories of a lifetime. Unfaltering in her Franciscan conviction, that it is in giving that we receive our sister Grace leaves to us a parting gift, a fundamental lesson to be learned from the legacy of her life, an insight which is perfectly captured in a passage from Annie Lamotts book Traveling Mercies: I do not understand the mystery of grace only that it meets us where we are and does not leave us where it found us.1 Holding fast to this insight and confidently sharing in the belief that it is in dying that we are born to eternal life, let us return to God the gift of our Sister Grace, saying with grateful hearts full of joy: Obrigada, Senhor! Alleluia, Alleluia! 1 As quoted in Becoming Catholic Again (Loyola Press, 2012) by Catherine Wiecher Brunell, a 95 graduate of St. Peters, Mansfield, and a devoted former third grader of Sr. Grace.

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Parish News
Revised Childrens Liturgy Program
by Angie Dillon Childrens Liturgy of the Word has a slightly new look this year. Previously called Kids Word, this is a program for our young people in kindergarten through grade four which is offered at our 9:30 and 11:30 Masses during the school year (September through May). Each weekend about 60 of our young people are involved. Volunteer leaders work with the children to help them hear and understand the Liturgy of the Word at their level. The children are dismissed to the church basement before Mass begins, which gives the leaders about 30 minutes with the children. During that time, they read/hear the first reading and the gospel usually from a translation from the approved Childrens Lectionary. They may act out the Scripture, sing a song or talk about the main points. Then the children take time to offer prayer petitions and take up a childrens collection which is brought upstairs by an altar server to be added to the adult collection. The program follows the liturgical year helping the children celebrate Advent and Christmas Season, Lent and Easter Season and Ordinary Time. The children are given a handout to take home called Good News For Children published by Pflaum Publishing. This handout allows them to connect the Scripture to their own lives through real life stories, coloring and drawing. This year there are ten leaders; five of them are new to the program. Leaders must attend the Protecting Youth Program offered by the Diocese of Toledo for all adults who work with children as catechists, coaches, or have any interaction with children. This is a rewarding ministry to our young people. Several of our leaders no longer have children in the program but have chosen to stay involved. New leaders are always needed. Call Bill Johnson if you are interested or Elizabeth Wurm for further details on the Protecting Youth program. ***News for February - all young people (grades 1-12) in our parish will be offered the opportunity to practice stewardship by using collection envelopes specifically for them.

St. Peters Music Series Update


By Elaine Zarczynski The 2012-2013 St. Peters Music Series started with a bang and has seen continued success. Following the opening concert with pianist Richard Ridenour and trumpeter son, Brandon Ridenour of the Canadian Brass, the October concert featured parishioners tenor, Joel Vega, sopranos, Heidi Kirschenheiter Vega and her sister, Abigail Kirschenheiter Harshbarger, all accompanied by Dr. Gulimina Mahamuti. The audience was treated to classical and contemporary selections; the concert ended with Heidi and Abby performing the Flower Duet from the opera Lakme. Joel and Heidi recently returned to Mansfield (be sure to read the article Joel has authored in this issue) and St. Peters is truly lucky to have all three vocalists as part of the traditional choir. The November concert was part of a nation-wide Saint Cecilia Sing organized by the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. St. Cecilia, whose feast day is November 22, is the long-honored Patron Saint of Musicians and Church Music. Unlike the School Concert in January, this concert featured Dr. Mahamuti, Joel Vega, Abigail Harshbarger, Heidi Vega mostly adults, all having a connection to St. Peters traditional choir. In addition to a variety of vocalists, the audience was treated to performances by music director, Bill Johnson, his assistant organist, Ginny Corso and the St. Peters Traditional Choir. Coming February 24, 2013 is the performance of Rossinis Stabat Mater, featuring the traditional choir, soloists and instrumentalists. On Sunday, March 17, the concert series proudly presents The Toledo Masterworks Chorale. Be sure to mark your calendar for these exceptional opportunities and be sure to bring along someone to share the experience! Kristie Smith and Michelle Failor and Marc Beasley

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In Memoriam
Sister Grace Straub 52, sister of Helen Sevits 51. John C. Leibfritz 40, father of William 74, Mark 76 and John A. 79. Dolores Powenski Allen 48, sister of Marie Keller 49. Ruby Steinmetz Freiheit 42, mother of Sandi Lesch 66, Karin Sharrock 69, Susan Messmore 71 and Cathy Squires 75, sister of Virgil Steinmetz 41. Mary Curran, mother of Patrick P. 97. Charles Conry, father of Tom 69, Bill 70, Terry 72, Jack 73, Bart 74, Pat 76. Joseph Joe Martin Scherer, father of August 13, brother of Judith Crowl 66 and Ronald 68. Agnes Ganea, mother of Nancy Voelp 62. Scott A. Gallaway 91, brother of Jennifer A. 93 and Jonathan A. 97. Joseph Hahn 80, brother of Barbara Duncan 65, William 67, Charles 70, Patricia Thompson 77, John 79 and James 80. Elvia Pfeifer 44, wife of Richard L. 41, mother of

by Sister Bernard Marie Campbell Margie Weiland Szaroleta 50, sister of Patricia Dillon 51. Donald E. Smith 47, father of Kenneth 69, Linda Workman 72, Debra 75 and Dr. Steve 87, stepfather of Kathy Anderson 77 and Darlene Schmidt 81, brother of Norbert 50, Helen Augustine 51, Rita Rospert 56, Jean Frazzini 63 and Jerry 71. Elaine S. Voegele, mother of Therese Marie Remy 65, Victoria Mills 66, Dr. Francis 81, and Maura Geiser 83. Linda Joyce Oakes Lemon 53. Bernard Bernie Zimmerman, father of Marti Mizer 70, Ted 73, Greg 74, and Antonia Watson 77. Leonard Woerth 49. Rita Joan Newlon Hoeffler 47, Dr. Janet Tarino, mother of Michael Tarino 85. Anthony Tony; Buzenski 43, father of Belinda Chiu 66, Cynthia Meenach 70 and Valerie Todd McKelvey 72, brother of Jenny Wala 42, Eileen Bozymski 46, Valentine Bozymski 48, and Dr. Eugene Bozymski 53

Richard 66, Audrey Sikula 68, sister of Betty Spognardi 46, Claire Dupler 52 and Muriel Anderson 55. Adolph Frazzini, husband of Jean Smith Frazzini 63. Kelsey Myking 07, stepdaughter of Joseph Schokatz 67 and Bonnie Smith Myking 70. Gregory John Weidig, son of Joyce Mulherin Weidig 52. Ruth Ann Hardman, mother of Colin 91. Gerald Jed Mulherin, father of Pat 73 , Mike 74, Maureen Gotterbarm 75, Peg 77, Tim 79 , and Kate Longley 88 , sister of Joyce Weidig 52. John R. Smith 59. Frances Mutsch Besch 35, mother of Madeleine Thomas 60, Dr. Nicholas, Jr. 62, and Joseph 65 . Juliana Julia Humm, mother of Helena Cook 67. Ida Joan Koehler 54, mother of Ted 76, sister of Beth Ann Baker 56. Richard Winston, brother of Stephen 72, Michael 74, Robert 76, Donald 77, David 83, Nancy 85, Paul 87, and Peter 89.

Sweet Memories
By Lynne Lukach The St. Peters family lost someone special this past year. The In Memoriam section of this issue identifies Gerald Jed Mulherin as a father, grandfather, and brother. To many St. Peters students and parishioners, he will forever be remembered as a terrific boss. Countless students have worked for Jed (and now his adult children) at the Dairy Queen. Sharing our stories of working for him brought many warm thoughts and smiles. Angie Dillon (71) started working at the Dairy Queen in high school and continued to work there for 11 years, through college as well as school vacations while teaching at St. Marys and her first couple years at St. Peters. I was always amazed at how Jed could make the schedule work around our requests for time off for plays, basketball tournaments, and family vacations, Angie recalled. She also had a special memory of Jed taking his employees to dinner each December and giving each a Christmas bonus. I will always remember Jed for his fairness to his workers, she continued, and for his generosity. I remember a man coming to the DQ, whose wife had just had

a baby at Mansfield General Hospital. He wanted the biggest banana split possible. Jed made a HUGE banana split in a half-gallon container! Jane (Fritz) Versaw (69) lovingly shared this description: Jed was my first employer and was such a positive influence on an impressionable high school girl. He was very precise and expected the same of his employees whether they were his kids or others. I always felt the Dairy Queen was so successful because of the high standards set by him. Jed taught the importance of good customer service (even before it was a buzz word). If a product was not to the customers expectation, he taught us to make it right. The customer was always right (even if they were not!). Jed was also generous. I remember weekends when a large box of sundaes, banana splits, and other goodies

would go to the convent for the sisters. Jackie (Forwith) Kulka (69) had vivid memories of all that Jed taught us, including making fresh chocolate DQ, reminding us always to call our product Dairy Queen (never ice cream!), teaching us to make perfect curly Qs on top of cones, and making sure we got out of his way when he brought out a new container of hot fudge! Jackie spoke for many of us when she recalled, I enjoyed my many years working for Jed. He always found a place for me during college breaks. Its like he knew we needed the money to get through the school year. My memories echo those of my former coworkers above. I will always remember Jeds generosity and kindness and the life-long lessons he taught me. To this day I can hear him say, Lynne, you can always put more milk in (making a milkshake), but you cant take it out. That lesson had much more to do with planning ahead, being careful, and following directions precisely than it had to do with just making a milkshake! Thank you, Jed Mulherin, for your positive contribution to so many livesand for showing us how to make that perfect curly Q!

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We view Catholic schools as the complete package. The schools provide an excellent academic experience, but more importantly, the foundation on which they are based is a living faith in Jesus Christ. Our childrens entire beings, their minds, emotions, and souls, are nourished by Catholic schools. Paying for a Catholic education is not cheap. But if you believe that your children are your most important asset, and we certainly do, the money you spend on a Catholic education is the best investment youll ever make. Jim Phinney and Ginny Corso Parents of Eli 06, Micah 12, Isaiah 15 Through the Post-Secondary Options program, I was able to take classes at Ohio State, fully paid for by the state. In addition, I took Advanced Placement tests (both through classes and on my own initiative) and earned credit through those. In the end, I had accumulated enough credit hours to be just two hours shy of being a junior in college. The best part of this was the opportunities it afforded. I was able to spend time in several foreign countries and graduate with two bachelor degrees - in four years. The preparation I received and the encouragement I was given while at St. Peters made that possible. Peter Chengelis 00 The St. Peters High School education is the opportunity of a lifetime. While there, I made wonderful friends who I continue to hold dear. The classroom challenges presented by the dedicated teachers helped prepare me for graduate and post-graduate degrees, plus a career where I could make a difference. Best wishes with your decision to choose St. Peters. Kathy Mitchell Esbenshade 73 St. Peters helped me build a solid foundation in my belief in God and confidence in my abilities as a young person. This, along with the educational experience of an advanced, college preparatory curriculum, helped prepare me for the challenges of adulthood. Thanks to St. Peters School. Chris Wilson 85 We chose St. Peters High School for what the school offers, not convenience. Personal attention, honors classes and the opportunity to be involved in numerous extracurriculars help each student reach their potential. A bus makes traveling from Ashland easier but it is the people that make it worthwhile. We felt blessed to be a part of the St. Peters community. Christopher and Maryanne Chengelis Parents of Peter 00, Demetra 98, Damon 03, Alex 09 Being an alumna from St. Peters and having three daughters also graduate from there, I am still around as the Athletic Booster president because I believe in the school and the students there. Academics are first and most important but the athletic traditions that I experienced there and passed on to my daughters is a very special thing that we have. The athletic students there have a special place in my heart. I hope to be around still supporting those young athletes as they pass through the halls and get older. There is no FAMILY stronger than the St. Peters family. Laura Mion Lindsay, 86 Parent of Whitney 07, Krysten 08, Ann-marie 12 In addition to providing the opportunity to learn in the academic arena, St. Peters challenges the emerging young adult to think on what they want their lives to be in the moral, spiritual, and ethical sense. This opportunity is unique to parochial education. Commander Daniel P. Moloney 91

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As I reflect on my high school days at St. Peters, two thoughts come to mind. First my interest in science, particularly in biology was fostered by a rigorous curriculum that forced me to become a self-learner and take an active role in the educational process. It wasnt sufficient to just sit in class and listen to the teacher - I had to learn how to find information on my own and then apply it to what was being presented in class. Second, I learned to respect the teacher as a professional educator and as an individual who served as the leader in the classroom. As a teacher of medical students, I am fortunate not to have behavioral problems in the classroom like many of my colleagues in the high schools and colleges who are frequently forced to deal with these issues. Gregory A. Mihailoff, Ph.D. 63 We, like many others, had to and continue to sacrifice to have our children graduate from St. Peters. We also saw first-hand how this translated into real advantages, both academically and in terms of dollars and cents when our older two went off to college. Both of them have graduated college at the top of their respective classes and with comparatively little debt (it is important to note, that the small debt was not a result of our contributions, but of the awards and scholarships the kids earned). We expect the same will be true for the two now in the Junior High. Michael R.Winters Parent of Chris 01, Emily 05, Sophia 17, Alexis 18 Because of the generosity of St. Peters parishioners and alumni, we are preparing to graduate the last of our children from this wonderful institution. Although we have struggled financially, my husband and I have always prided ourselves on providing the very best situation for our children. The St. Peters community has been a terrific component of this plan. Three of our children have gone on to college and have been very successful. Not only were they prepared academically, but they were also socially aware, spiritually open and confident in their talents and abilities. Like many of their classmates, they attribute a large portion of their success to the excellent preparation that they received here. We are very grateful to this community for being so welcoming, inclusive and generous. The success of our children is due in no small part to the faith-filled atmosphere that surrounds St. Peters. It is my sincere hope that we will be able to repay this magnanimous gift and enable other families to experience the warmth, the love and the commitment to excellence that make St. Peters the very best choice. Anne and Clayton Rhodes Parents of Taylor 07, Curran 09, Evan 12, Will 13 As a St. Peters alum and having received an atheltic scholarship to attend a university, I always felt that I was prepared for any classroom in my future. Among my teammates, I felt the most organized and prepared with the necessary study skills. My academic advisors made an example out of my study skills. These skills came naturally to me and I have St. Peters School to thank. From the traditions of the athletics and the support from the entire Spartan family, I will always be proud to have been a student athlete at St. Peters. Whitney Lindsay, 07

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by Jim Cox

The Value and Values of Theater at St. Peters

A community without art is a community in decline, observed St. Peters Father Gregory Hite in comments following the wonderful St. Peters Music Series concert by Canadian Brass trumpeter Brandon Ridenour and his father, pianist Rich Ridenour. By that measure, St. Peters School and Parish are positively overflowing with cultural events and blooming with opportunities for people of all ages to become involved. Group opportunities include concert band, student choir, church choir, bell choir, musicals and plays. High school classes are offered in visual arts, instrument, voice and drama. Students and parishioners can participate in solo and ensemble competitions, cantor in church, play in brass or orchestral ensembles, and act on in a theater production. The annual High School Variety Show provides a great opportunity for several students to perform! But, why theater in particular? What are the unique qualities of theater that make it accessible and vital to performers and audience alike? Wilson and Goldfarb assert: We call theatre the lively art not only because it is exciting, suspenseful, and amusing, but also because it is alive..[and] makes it so durable and so indispensable. (Theater: The Lively Art, 8th ed., McGraw-Hill). The performing arts share many common characteristics including movement through time, creators and interpreters of the art, and audience presence. Theater in particular, and perhaps uniquely, creates an immediate, personal

and powerful performer-audience relationship. It also challenges us to examine the human condition through entertainment and the delivery of profound, provocative and timeless observations. In other words, theatre is an art form with its own characteristics: its own quality, coherence, and integrity. (ibid). A Dynamic and Growing Program An observer of theater at St. Peters over the past couple years would see an explosion of creative talent ranging from students in elementary school to adults in the parish with widely-varied backgrounds and professions. Scores of students and adults have contributed to the growth of the St. Peters Department of Theater and Performing Arts through acting, working technical components, performing music, and assisting with make-up, costume and construction. The list of exciting recent productions continues to grow: Godspell, Carnival!, Nunsense, The Education of Angels, South Pacific, The Unbearable Liteness of Being Teen. This springs parishwide production of Oklahoma! will engage the greatest number of adults and collaborators yet to stage the beloved musical. Excitingly, the growing interest in the St. Peters theater program has led to several new and energized programs over the past couple years: Theater trips to Charleston, WV and Memphis, TN Creation of a high school drama/theater curriculum Chartering of an International Thespian Society chapter Growth of the elementary school drama club Creation of classroom space for theater instruction Youth retreats to Cincinnati and Peninsula, Ohio (rock climbing!) Our Philosophy Early on, leaders of the Department deliberately chose a philosophy of conduct that is inclusive, supportive and positive. Ask anybody involved with theater at St. Peters to state the first rule of the Department and they will respond: Have Fun! While most theater students will not enter into theater as a profession, the specific skills they learn as a result are applicable in any vocation and life-long serving. The Department utilizes a 5C approach to its work: Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Confidence. Whether rehearsing, building sets, working tech or participating in class, the 5Cs are used as a focus. Students and adults learn context of the plays they are performing, and application of lessons that can be drawn. The Department embraces its students and provides an opportunity to grow, learn, make friends, be encouraged and feel safe. All participants in the Department, whether actors, tech or support, are continually encouraged in introduce new ideas, solve problems and improvise as needed.

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Elevating students and adults through a positive belief system has resulted in remarkable performances in some instances where students have no prior acting experience! Collaborations with OSU Theater Department, The Renaissance Theater, Mansfield Playhouse, Ashland Regional Ballet and Opus II Studio, and the Richland Academy have expanded students awareness of arts in the region, as well as inspired them to achieve higher standards. Phenomenal support from several adults and area businesses has been wonderful and vital to the growth of the Department. From the Street The following responses, obtained through a brief survey of students and adults at a recent Oklahoma! rehearsal, are reflective of the Departments beliefs. Why do you enjoy theater? -It gives me an opportunity to be creative, express myself and work with many amazing people! -Theater is a great way to branch out and experience new things. -It brings me joy. Seriously, I just like the whole aspect of theater at St. Peters. -I enjoy acting in general. I love fooling around with my friends and that helps my acting. -Its fun time with others that enjoy similar things and it boosts confidence. -Because I have been singing about all my life also acting too. -I can be myself but totally different. -It is as place where I can dance without looking like a fool. -Because it makes me happy and proud I can do things adults can do. -I love the symbiosis between actor and audience. -It is a way to become someone whom you would never expect to be. -It gives me something to do and I can meet new people. How has your experience in theater affected other aspects of your life? -It has given me more confidence in social interactions. -Has made me be able to get up and speak in front of groups. -It has helped me develop skills I didnt know I had. -It has led me to create and work toward my dreams of starring on Broadway. -It has taught me how to work with people, even people I may not like or get along with. -It makes me rethink things I may have tossed aside, disinterested, before. -It has given me more self-discipline. -Well, it really helps me by trying by myself. -It has given me confidence to face other challenges. -Acting has given me a reason to get better grades. Why do you think theater is important for people? -To see a different view, perspective. -To be able to put a smile on someones face and make them happy. -So they know what to do. -It can teach people serious and/or not serious lessons in life. -It is a good way to expand your horizons and culture. -Gives people a chance to interact with people they may not have otherwise. -Theatre can take a persons mind off of the stress or life. -I think elders love to see us teens/youngins continuing with this tradition. -It allows people to explore sensitive and even controversial issues in a relatively safe context. -Its important for people to get involved and for others to get inspired. -It can sometimes remind people of the past. Involvement in theater performance or as part of the audience can have dramatic influence on a persons life. It is an opportunity where all can become involved. The St. Peters Department of Theater and Performing Arts welcomes all individuals regardless of their acting or performance background. Catch us on Facebook at St. Peters Department of Theater and Performing Arts!

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By Jenny Pennell More than 20 years have elapsed since the last national report on the status of educating gifted and talented students was issued. Much has changed since that report alerted Americans to the pressing needs of these children and challenged policymakers to provide them with better education. Americans can celebrate improvements over the last two decades in how we educate gifted and talented students. The public is more aware that these students have special needs that must be met. Model programs for gifted and talented students have confronted educators to improve curriculum and teaching strategies and encouraged them to raise expectations for all students. As the floor is raised, so is the ceiling. It has become critical that we aim for excellence rather than adequacy. St. Peters Elementary School has responded to the challenge of striving for excellence in gifted education by establishing specific criteria for the determination of giftedness, using approved assessment tools for identification, and strengthening programs and expanding opportunities to accommodate those students identified as gifted. The Ohio Administrative Code 330151-15 defines the term gifted as a student who performs or shows potential to perform at remarkably high levels of accomplishment when compared to others of similar age, experience, or environment. St. Peters Elementary School identifies gifted students in several ways. A child shall be identified as exhibiting superior cognitive ability if the child scored at least two standard deviations above the mean (i.e. an IQ of 130), minus the standard error of measurement, on an approved individual standardized intelligence test administered by certified school personnel. A child shall be identified as exhibiting specific academic ability superior to that of children of similar age in a specific academic field (i.e. math or language arts), if, within the preceding 24 months the child performs at or above the 95th percentile at the national level on an individual or group standardized achievement test of specific academic ability in that field. A child may be identified as gifted in more than one specific academic ability field.

Explore, create and be challenged at St. Peters Elementary


In keeping with our school mission statement to assist each student to achieve academic excellence and make a difference in the world, St. Peters Elementary School is committed to providing educational experiences designed to challenge academically talented students to work to their full potential. Accordingly, a program titled Project Think was initiated a number of years ago to challenge students, develop critical thinking skills, encourage complex problem solving, and stimulate creativity. In addition, classroom teachers at all grade levels have had extensive professional development in differentiating the curriculum for various subjects within the normal classroom setting to provide challenging instruction for the gifted student. On any given school day, differentiated lessons are taking place throughout the elementary classrooms in order to offer instruction designed to meet individual needs rather than one size fits all. Occasionally a student exhibiting exceptional abilities in math or language arts requires additional gifted intervention strategies. St. Peters Elementary School offers a flexible acceleration policy for those students who qualify. Acceleration is an educational intervention that moves students through an educational program at a faster than usual rate or younger than the typical age. Deciding whether or not to accelerate in a subject area is a complex decision. St. Peters Elementary School has incorporated the use of the Iowa Acceleration Scale (IAS), as a proven systematic way to generate recommendations and guidelines for acceleration. St. Peters Elementary School is also pleased to offer an after-school enrichment program designed to provide advanced and exciting activities such as National Geographic Bee, Spelling Bee, Power of the Pencil/ Mindsprouts, Elementary Quiz Bowl, Math Club, Art Club, Multicultural Club and Drama Club. Reading and technology enrichment activities are also part of this program. Explore, create, think, and be challenged at St. Peters Elementary School!

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2013 - 2014 Goal - $150,000 Amount Collected - $121,004
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will be accepted until April 15, 2013, to be applied to the next school year. (Budgeting the ATD dollars, we are working a year in advance. The 2014-2015 ATD will begin in July of 13 until April of 14.)

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Lets build; revitalizing the arts in Mansfield


Mansfield is my home. I want to live here. I have chosen to move back and do not consider myself stuck. I love the very bones of this city. I have lived in a lot of cities in a lot of diverse parts of the country over the last 15 years; yet I always choose to come back to Mansfield. The people here have a unique combination of stoic work ethic, uncomplaining optimism, and friendly neighborly relationships, even with strangers. These positive attitudes are reflected in a lot of the buildings I see on my drives through the city. Cheerfully warm, neatly-kept bungalows interspersed with large sprawling buildings from our industrial heyday. Our creativity and civic spirit also shows up in the numerous arts organizations that train and perform for a large percentage of us. We have many grand old houses, grand old buildings, and grand old organizations. I see many of the larger houses starting to be torn down after years of neglect. I also see many of the social, educational, and religious organizations shrinking and suffering from neglect and decline. I reject the idea that we must sit back and watch this happen. Lets build! I am a builder and I believe that Mansfield and the surrounding area is full of builders. I think we can choose what grand old structures and institutions we value, roll up our sleeves, build them up again and also build new opportunities for our work and play. This will not only add to our economy in a tangible way, but will add to the total package, our image that we project to ourselves and to everyone else who may be thinking of moving a business, or family here. If we save and build on our legacy, we are building for the future of business and arts in our area. My area of expertise is in the performing arts, specifically classical music. I owe a lot to people who still work tirelessly in Mansfield on behalf of youth music and theater. Arts training and youth involvement in the arts has been and still is very strong here. Organizations like the Mansfield Playhouse, the Renaissance Theater, The Mansfield Symphony and Symphony Chorus, the Richland Academy of the Arts, The Mansfield Art Center, our public and private schools, and many more, have been plugging away for many years. They have created a community that is well versed in the arts-- a community where most have, or will, study the arts and where hundreds perform music and drama at some point in their lives. I have even been given the privilege of teaching singers at the Richland Academy and privately. One of the highlights of my year was giving a presentation about opera, along with my wife, Heidi, to the elementary school students at St. Peters elementary school. The childrens questions and answers were simply brilliant. We have a pool of amazing kids in Mansfield! This youth training has born a lot of professional fruit. I have numerous friends from Mansfield that are now working in major cities doing large scale work in the arts. St. Peters own Robert Attenweiler just gave us a taste of his critically-acclaimed play, Our Greatest Year. John Weaver (Mansfield Christian) has worked as a carpenter and electrician at Lincoln Center and Sante Fe Opera. Robin Henry (Madison) stage managed a production of The Importance of Being Ernest that I saw on Broadway last year just one block from Times Square. Tim Debo

by Joel Vega not work in the theater? The doubters even pointed out that Cleveland had no urban audience for large scale arts. Perseverance paid off and the can-do attitudes of the planners and audience members were proven correct. I can imagine this happening here in Mansfield. We can do that here! We sold out concerts presented by Asheville Lyric Opera when they toured, using our Symphony as accompaniment. We have all of the dots and now must connect them and coordinate their revitalization! To start this revitalization, I think we must more ardently support the live arts we have here already. We must tear ourselves and our children away from the TV and the countless mind-numbing entertainments on the Internet. YouTube and commercial television do not create any jobs, or community spirit locally. Enroll your children and yourself in music, dance and fine art classes. Attend our local galleries and then go out and eat local food, or drink local coffee! Maybe youll be the one inspired enough to start a Mansfield micro-brewery, or some other venture! Get out in our amazing community and visit our huge city parks! (Maybe volunteer to mow, or rebuild them!) Start dreaming of ways to make this place the place you want it to be for you, your friends, and your family! We have to get rid of the idea that we only consume our arts and entertainment in Columbus and Cleveland. If we make the art, or attend it here, there will be a lot more of it here. Cleveland has given up its Opera. Columbus is cutting back its arts. We can fill that vacuum easily. The curve no longer exists in the large established cities. If we create the new curve, we could be the centrally-located arts and tourism draw of the state! If we can dream big enough, we may even get new neighbors who have moved in to enjoy our town, too! You, yourself, may have ideas on how to build things up. I hear countless stories of what we used to be able to do in Mansfield. Get involved again, or anew, and be vocal about your ideas and efforts! I am starting a professional opera company to produce major operatic works in the original languages right here in downtown starting this summer! Towns like Asheville, NC, Brevard NC, and Vienna, Va. (Wolftrap Opera and Music Festival) are now vibrant and thriving because of arts-based expansion. We can do the same. It can only happen if we all take the effort to be the change we want to see in our community! We cannot risk losing the two professional dance companies, the Symphony we have residing in this city, the arts galleries and schools. We cannot allow the Mansfield spirit and arts legacy to atrophy. We have the tangible and intangible assets here to not only preserve, but to grow! If we revitalize our outlook and refresh our own take on our city, the advantages and possibilities show themselves. A lot of hard work has been done and continues to be done. We need to reinvest ourselves and make it grow. I have never seen this town as a punch line for a joke. Mansfield is my home. I want to live here. I have chosen to live here. I am not stuck. I love this town. Youve read my ideas. Lets get to building!

(Mansfield Sr.) was the road manager for numerous Broadway musicals touring the country. My brother, Aaron Vega, and my friend, Jenny Barber, are professional actors in New York. Jenny was just on the new hit TV show, Elementary. Aaron runs his own Shakespeare festival in Aspen CO. We are also home to Metropolitan Opera veteran, J. Dalton Derr. The international opera star Sylvia McNair frequently stops by services at the local church she grew up in, First Congregational. The list goes on and on of locals who have gone on to the national and international stage. With such amazing training, what is stopping us from becoming a place that not only keeps its artists here at home, but draws more artists and entrepreneurs to come live and create in our community? I had a conversation with the director of NEOS dance theater, Bobby Wessner, a few months ago. He is the classic entrepreneur. His professional ballet company is based here in Mansfield and has been incubated and supported by Renaissance Performing Arts. He moved here to raise his family and has never stopped creating. He has a definite vision of where he wants to grow and how he is going to accomplish it. He is not the only one. We also have another fledgling dance company headed by Marden Ramos, trained by the famous Cuban Ballet de Camaguey. These dancers have found a foothold in the community and are creating opportunities for higher level professional arts right here in Mansfield! What are we doing to foster and encourage artist entrepreneurs like them? It is an economic fact that people who see ballet and other professional performing arts also support high level service and culinary businesses. We can become the center for Northern Ohio arts! We can make it easier and more attractive for professional arts companies to form here, stay here, draw tourism, and bring business with them! Everyone I speak to is surprised that we have the luxury of a professional symphony outside of Cleveland, or another large metropolitan area. The new Maestro, Thomas Hong, is forward-looking and ambitious. How can we help support this valuable symphony? We have choruses and arts schools! We have a large scale art center and a beautiful large theater, with many smaller prospects, and many small galleries. We are even centrally-located on a major highway crossroads. Routes 30, 13, 71, and 42 run right through our town providing access from all parts of the state! We have the perfect primordial soup for a total turnaround from industrial economy to service and tourism based in the arts! What is stopping us? We would do well to take cues from the revitalization of downtown Cleveland. Playhouse square was 96 hours from becoming a parking lot. The downtown was deserted and riddled with crime. It now boasts three major theaters and numerous restaurants and supporting businesses. It pumps over $40 million (direct, indirect, and induced) into the local economy per year and there are hundreds of jobs directly attached to the complex. The arguments against revitalization and renovation were strong and compelling. There was a constant shortage of cash, the progress was slow and ups and downs occurred. The critics asked why people would come to shows when their cars would likely be broken into and the heat would

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Theatre productions this season offer teen perspective and beloved, Oklahoma!
by Jim Cox St. Peters Department of Theater and Performing Arts took on two exciting and challenging productions for the 2012 2013 academic year: The Unbearable Liteness of Being Teen (by Angela Hill) and Rodgers & Hammersteins Oklahoma! Presented on the St. Peters VE stage in October, Liteness, set in present day, showed us the world of being a teen through 25 short interwoven vignettes. Eighteen St. Peters senior high and junior high students portrayed characters dealing with dating, unreasonable teacher expectations, unrequited love, stylish dress, popularity, friendship and the inner sanctum of nerds. While offering numerous laughs, the play tackled some challenging subjects as well such as depression, abuse, bullying, divorce, and post-graduation fears. Liteness spurred the audience to remember their own teen years, and to laugh at themselves as parents, teachers, and students. Delightfully, several newcomers to St. Peters theater joined the cast including St. Peters students Mekenzie Brown, Morgan Depinet, Hayden Eighinger, Thais Henriques, Anthony Schlitt and Thomas Schlitt. The entire ensemble performed remarkably to three very responsive audiences in the intimate high school VE Theater. Oh what a beautiful mornin Oh what a beautiful day will echo in the halls of St. Peters School come spring. Nearly 70 folks will present the Parish-wide production of Oklahoma! March 8, 9, 15 and 16 in the

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Robert Fry Auditorium. Set in Oklahoma Territory outside the town of Claremore in 1906, it tells the story of cowboy Curly McLain and his romance with farm girl Laurey Williams. A secondary, but no less feisty romance concerns cowboy Will Parker and his flirtatious fiance, Ado Annie. The musical is based on Lynn Riggs 1931 play, Green Grow the Lilacs. To fully engage the wonderful St. Peters talent, several roles have been double cast. Laurey Williams is played by Madeline Carter and Ryanne Roley. Curly McLain is played by Hayden Eighinger and Taylor Schlupp. The role of Ado Annie is portrayed by Beth Clark and Morgan Depinet, while Taylor Dauterman and Cole Phillips take on the roll of Will Parker. Peddler Ali Hakim is played by Christian Hall and the maligned character Jud Fry is delivered by Ale Brunetti. Carla Eighinger leads the cowboys and farmers as the sage Aunt Eller, while Bill Johnson portrays Andrew Carnes the protective father of Ado Annie. St. Peters Department of Theater and Performing Arts is honored and pleased to present Oklahoma! in collaboration with the Ashland Regional Ballet and Opus II Dance Studio, providing artistic and compelling choreography for Laureys dream sequence.

High School actors inspired by Attenweilers workshop


The greater Mansfield area and St. Peters Department of Theater and Performing Arts enjoyed a tremendous opportunity to interact with one of its own this past October when Bob Attenweiler returned to Mansfield for the staging of his critically praised New York show Our Greatest Year. The son of Joyce Hunt, Bob is a 1993 graduate of St. Peters. Graduating from John Carroll University in 1997, Bob pursued further education and received a Masters of Arts in English from The Ohio State University in 2001, and a Masters in Fine Arts in Dramatic Writing from New York Left to right: Anna Brenner (director); University in 2004. A Eric Slater (Harvey); Rebecca Benhayon playwright, screenwriter (Elton); Bob Attenweiler (playwright); and independent producer Scott Henkle (comic writer & illustrator) living in New York City, Bob is the founder and Producing Director of Disgraced Productions. His numerous plays and artistic work has been well received and prompted Kansas City Or Along the Way reviewer Emily Otto (nytheatre.com) to write: Attenweilers golden ear for dialogue and poetic imagination conspire to produce lines that are at once metaphorically rich and completely speakable. Written by Bob and close friend Scott Henkle, Our Greatest Year is an

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innovative blend of live stage action and projected motion comics that follows Harvey Pruit, and his new wife, Elton, as they return to Cleveland, OH to care for his ailing father, watch another tortured year of Cleveland professional sports and learn about loss, losing, and the myths we create to make sense of both. Harvey Pruit is richly performed by Eric Slater. Elton is quite delightfully played by Rebecca Benhayon as she struggles to understand and accommodate her husbands deeply rooted fascination with the Cleveland teams. Anna Brenner is the Director of the play, which was performed at the Renaissance Theater in October. The St. Peters community will be delighted to know that Bob and Rebecca are engaged and furthered some planning for their 2013 wedding while back in town! St. Peters Department of Theater and Performing Arts and The Renaissance Theater collaborated to host a special evening event for Bob and company. Actor Eric Slater performed a monologue from Our Greatest Year in which character Harvey Pruit extols baseballs deep imprinting (literally as well as figuratively) on Cleveland boys. Bobs comments centered on how much of his professional drive and ability was grounded in values of his family and small town Mansfield. The following day, Bob and his colleagues conducted a Playwright and Acting Methods workshop for St. Peters, Pioneer and Ontario students. With the fall play (Unbearable Liteness of Being Teen) rehearsals well underway, St. Peters School actors performed several vignettes and received very valuable insight on story interpretation, line delivery and interaction with one another from Bob, Rebecca, Eric, Anna and Scott. The actors benefited from hearing comments from several perspectives: playwright, director, and actor. Students received signed workshop certificates for participating. Truly inspiring, Bobs continuing journey is exciting to learn about and experience. Bob, Rebecca, Anna, Eric and Scott are most certainly welcome back any time!

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Easy Ways to help make a difference for St. Peters


For those of you who read this from far away, you can still help St. Peters by participating in Goodsense as described below If you are so inclined you can also collect Boxtops for Education found on many consumer products and mail them to Sr. Paula. Local readers are reminded that the school gets paid for recyclables brought to the SCRAP Trailer collections.

Save, spend and share!


A worthwhile lesson for elementary students and all of us
By Michelle Failor, 94 As fifth-grader, Grace Maurer, put it, money is hard to make but easy to spend! Participating in this years Moonjar Project allowed her and other elementary students at St. Peters to discover the difference between wants and needs and how important This years Moonjar Project winners were (from left it is to spend money wisely. to right): Jacob Failor (1ST place in 3rd - 4th grade), Sponsored by the Monsignor Harrison Hamilton (1st place in 1st -2nd grade), Sophie Dunn Foundation, students Tridico (2nd place in 5th - 6th grade), Isabelle Annis (2nd took home Moonjars over the place in 3rd - 4th grade), Erika Myrwold (3rd place in 5th summer and, this fall, shared - 6th grade), Zoe Daniels (2nd place in 1st - 2nd grade) their challenges with saving, and Grace Maurer (1st place in 5th- 6th grade). spending and sharing. Moonjars are piggy banks with three sectionsone for money saved, one for money to spend and the other for money that will be shared with others. Teaching children these important concepts is hoped to make them more fiscally aware and financially-responsible as adults. In its second year at St. Peters, the project is making its mark! Impressively, some decided to save money for future goals such as buying a car or college tuition. Most of their Moonjar money was earned by doing extra chores or opening their own small businesses, like lemonade stands. First-grader Zoe Daniels opted for a cookie stand and even made brochures to help attract customers. Third-grader Jacob Failor acquired some of his Moonjar money by saving his birthday and First Communion cash gifts-- this meant over three months of waiting for just the right purchase. This was not easy, but he said it taught him to, save up for something I really want instead of spending it as soon as I got it. Sixth-grader Erika Myrwold, who was saving up for a Kindle Fire, also talked about how beneficial waiting to spend can be. I put 40% in save because, if I spend all my money, then what will I have left if a new electronic device comes out that I want? They learned more than financial lessons, however. Many essays described values such as pride (for setting goals and achieving them), working together (or getting along) with siblings, how going without isnt so bad and how making a change in your life, and the lives of others, is often priceless. Third-grader Isabelle Annis earned some of her money each time she was able to avoid TV and video games for two days! More stories like this came out in the stories about sharing. Many chose to share with St. Peters Church or local charities, such as the Humane Society. Zoe shared some of her cookie-stand proceeds by purchasing forks and napkins for the Sammy Tridico benefit breakfast. Fifth-grader Sophie Tridico donated money toward her brother, Sammy Tridicos Scholarship Fund, which will be shared with families who need help receiving the same benefit of a St. Peters education that has been so important to her family. Some of the students shared with family members, showing gratitude and kindnessGrace shared some of her earnings by purchasing Christmas gifts for her family, Erika shared with her Grandma, for everything she does for me and Jacob bought a Lego set for his little brother so the two could play together. First-grader Harrison Hamilton spent his summer helping the environment. He put half of his Moonjar money in his savings account for college and spent the rest of it for supplies to help make and share bat houses with his family. These new bat habitats will help our family keep bats safe, raise their babies and help the earth, Harrison told St. Peters students at the Moonjar assembly in November. Bat Conservation is important for our environment. One bat eats about 2,000 to 6,000 insects each night and bats also help pollinate flowers and vegetables! Harrison and his uncle Dave (Funk, SPS Class of 92) worked together to build the houses and Harrison decorated them with his favorite character, Batman! As the students read their essays aloud at the awards assembly, it was clear that they learned a great deal, but also had a lot of fun! I loved doing this project because, even if I got one penny a week, Im still making a change and that is my goal, to make a change, Erika said. I enjoyed doing this project and cant wait to do it again next year and save more money! Sophie said she thought Moonjar was a good way to teach kids to handle money wisely. This is an ongoing thing for me, she added. Next year I am going to spend, save and share differently. The Monsignor Dunn Foundation is excited to continue building on the students enthusiasm. Its such a worthwhile project, said Elizabeth Daniels, a St. Peters alumnae (Class of 94), parent and member of the Monsignor Dunn Foundation Moonjar Committee. The Dunn Foundation is grateful for, and encouraged by, the participation of the students. Were in the process of identifying new ways to engage even more students and teachers in the Moonjar Project. Look for more in Spring 2013!

Income for St. Peters


St. Peters is a registered user of GoodSearch. com and GoodShop.com. A check is mailed by GoodSearch to every registered non-profit at the end of November each year based on the number of people who have selected Mansfield St. Peters when using the search engine (goodsearch.com) or shopping online (goodshop.com). Even though a small amount, by using goodsearch.com and goodshop.com, you can help us increase the earnings for St. Peters! GoodSearch is a Yahoo-powered search engine that donates 50% of its revenue, (about a penny per search), to listed American charities and schools designated by its users. The money donated comes from the sites advertisers. According to the companys website, as of January 2011, more than 96,000 nonprofits are participating in the program and 100 new organizations register daily.Users can designate which of the selected charities their searches benefit and also see how much money and how many searches have been performed on behalf of each charity. After logging on to GoodSearch.com, if you type St. Peters Mansfield, Ohio, our non-profit will appear in the list for your selection. From the main page of GoodSearch.com, there is a link to GoodShop.com., an online shopping mall that includes more than 2,500 retailers ranging from Amazon to Macys. This online marketplace donates a percentage (up to 20%) of your purchase to the nonprofit of your choice (St. Peters Mansfield, Ohio). The experience of shopping through GoodShop is exactly the same as going to the retailers websites directly. Thank you for considering the option of making goodsearch.com your home-page search engine. Thank you for considering the option of shopping on goodshop.com!

Sister Paula holds the form that she will submit to collect the $1,200+ St. Peters School will receive for Box Tops collected over the last six months or so. Sister Paula would like to thank all those who help with this project that enables her to purchase extra items for the school not otherwise provided for in the budget. Her message: Thank you and keep collecting!

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Alumni News
By Kathy Morris 71

SPHS Alumni Visitation Day


It was a morning of talking college. At the sixth annual Alumni Visitation Day event on December 19, twentynine SPHS alumni again walked the halls of the high school building to meet with high school students in small group sessions. Conversations focused on preparing for college, college choices, adjustments in college, and coursework and study habits at the high school level that were helpful along with a host of other grade-level appropriate topics. For the past five years, alumni have visited with seniors in Assisi Hall with the discussion facilitated by Mr. Mike Mulherin, senior class Theology teacher. New to the program schedule this year were short sessions with freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Several teachers facilitated those discussions and a small group of alumni shared their thoughts and answered questions from the underclassmen. The purpose was to prompt thinking about college choices and, especially, those things they can do in their early years of high school to help prepare them best for their college career. Development Department staff also visited with seniors and alum to explain the purpose and goals of Development Department projects and mailingskeeping in touch, providing assistance for class reunion contact information, and helping to sustain Catholic education at St. Peters. Each year, a special thank you gift is given to the alumni who visit us. This year, they received a potica made especially for them by the famous St. Peters baking ladies. They also received a small pack of the delicious chocolate chip cookies from the cafeteria staff. As always, it was simply wonderful to have the alumni back in the SPHS building. Great to see them. Great to talk with them. Great to hear their thoughts. Thank you, alumni! Stay in touch and come back soon! Go Spartans!

SPHS Alumni

Sister Bernie directs the alumni group photo

Three alumni meeting with freshman

Four alumni meeting with juniors in Robert Frye Gym

SPHS seniors meet with Alumni and Mr. Mulherin in Assisi Hall

SPHS alumni visiting sophomores in the VE room.

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Reunions

The class of 1962 celebrated its 50th class reunion with a five-day weekend at the end of September. All events-- which included a Mass at St. Peters, an Ice Breaker at the Franciscan Center, a golf outing, a visit to the Heritage Room and short tour of the High School with Sr. Paula as the tour guide, a catered dinner at the Knights of Columbus, and meals at the Old Bag of Nails, Coney Island, Asian Buffet, Golden Corral, Deer Ridge, and Der Dutchman-- were well attended! There were 42 classmates plus guests from across the country that took part in one or several activities. The Class of 1962 celebrated its 50th reunion this Although there was an abundance of time to reminisce and bring others up- fall! Did you know that this was the 1st class to to-date on what was happening in our lives, it never seemed like enough, said attend all four years in the current High School? Kathy Yockey. One of the highlights of the evening was a short video taken by Frank Noser, with a special message from our favorite teacher, Rita Graves. Everyone was disappointed that her health prevented her from joining us again this year, but we all know that she was with us in spirit. She will always have a special place in the hearts of all members of the class of 1962. The bittersweet part SPHS alumni in of the weekend was remembering deceased classmates and teachers whose pictures Columbus, Ohio ... appeared on the memory board. It was especially nice to see some new faces and hope that others will be able to join us in 2017. were coming to see you

SPHS Class of 1998


Demetra (Chengelis) Czegan and Melissa Manning are planning a 15th reunion for the weekend of August 10th. Be sure to send St. Peters your updated contact information so you will receive more information on the reunion!

on May 17! Details to be sent soon!

St. Peters Class of 1963 50th Class Reunion


Please mark your calendar. Plans are in process. Hoping for a BIG turnout. More information will be provided at a later date. REUNION COMMITTEE Kathy Notter Gross, Judy Stimmler Rissover, Norma Schnelker Metz

Will be held the weekend of Sept. 20 - 22, 2013

Mike Bair, Steve Nelson, Mike DeNero, and John Friend are pictured here at the Class of 67 Reunion luncheon in December, 2012. In 1964, this Fab Four performed as The Beatles during an assembly, wrote Ray Curatti.

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SEND US YOUR NEWS! SEND US YOUR REUNION NOTICES!


Hello Alumni! If you have any news about you and/or your family to share with your fellow alumni, please send information along with a jpeg photo if you like to: failor.michelle@ myspartans.org or mail to: Alumni Office, St. Peters Parish Center, 104 W. First Street, Mansfield, OH 44902. Does your class have a reunion planned? If so, and if you would like us to publicize in our June issue, send us the details and well be happy to give your classmates a heads up on the plans! Mail to: Alumni Office, St. Peters Parish Center 104 W. First Street, Mansfield, OH 44902 or email: failor.michelle@ myspartans.org.

Class of 1953 60 year reunion August 17, 2013


Oak Park Tavern
For information contact Shirley Schummer (Schnitzer) 419-884-1471
www.mansfieldstpeters.org

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Alumni Updates
By Michelle Failor 94

65, 66 Stephanie (Warndorf ) Lehman, Class of 66, and Ken Lehman, Class of 65, write from Ft. Myers, Florida where they are currently living and are retired. 53 Eugene M. Bozymski MD is currently a Professor of Medicine at The University of NC Medical Center and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at Duke University Medical Center. As a member of Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Eugene was elected to give the annual Alpha Omega Alpha Lecture at The Medical College of Wisconsin earlier this year. 88 Andy Stoy is currently working as a Senior Practice Manager for a consulting firm in Nashville, TN. Andy and his wife and their 13-year-old son moved from Raleigh, NC to Nashville in April of this year and he writes that they have fallen in love with Music City, USA. They enjoy spending time traveling, raising an English Bulldog puppy and settling into life in Nashville. My 1968 Mustang GT Convertible is now restored and ready for a new owner, if anyone is interested, he added! 76 Greg Keller and his wife, Leah, currently reside in Groveport, Ohio where Greg is a docent at Motts Military Museum. Previously, Greg retired (Jan. 31, 2012) from the Ohio Emergency Management Agency as Chief Disaster Recovery Branch, where he served the state for 32 years. He also retired (Oct. 3, 1997) from the 179th Tactical Airlift Wing (Mansfield Lahm Airport) Ohio Air Guard as Captain, Chief of Intelligence 164 Airlift Squadron and served with the 179th from 1977 to 1997.

01 Jennifer Gregory married Robert Gibson on Oct. 4, 2012. The wedding took place at the beach on Edisto Island, in South Carolina. Mr. and Mrs. Gibson reside in Mansfield. 00 ... Matt Failor, is currently training for his second Iditarod! Currently living in Big Lake, Alaska, Matt is a dog handler for Jennifer Gregory and Kelly Maixner at Mad Stork Robert Gibson Kennel. Matt will be racing with a team of Maixners slightly older dogs this year but his goal is still the same-- to train the dogs and get as many of them to Nome as possible! This year, he will have also competed in the Yukon Quest (held Feb. 2), logging in just over 1,000 miles from Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks, Alaska. Looking to gain more experience for himself and his dogs, Matt said the Yukon Quest is just as hard, if not harder than the Iditarod-- mostly due to trail conditions. We havent had a lot of snow yet and its been warm so there will be rough spots and standing water, he said. Still, he is optimistic that he and his team will do just fine and is looking forward to coming home to tell us all about his adventures this April! Be sure to follow Matt and this years Iditarod online, we all wish you well Matt!!!!

Turkey Bowl XLIV


By Mark Forster 93

The air was crisp, the sun was shining, and the footballs were flying. It was the Friday after Thanksgiving and, as with the previous 43 years, a motley crew of Spartan alums gathered at Maple Lake Park for food, fun, and football. Turkey Bowl executives and grizzled veterans Mark Forster, Frank Stout, and Patrick Bitar were joined by 17 other participants spanning four decades of Spartan excellence. Its always a treat to have first-time participants join the affair, renewing the spirit and competition of this wonderful event. Turkey hangovers notwithstanding, the gang had an energetic and exciting day! As always, the game itself was a well-played and skillful affair. The tradition thunders on like a freight train with no sign of slowing down; the next game will mark the 45th anniversary of the event. Hope to see everyone again next fall! The game is open to anyone. To get in on the action, please contact Mark Forster (mm. forster@yahoo.com) or Frank Stout (frank. stout@yahoo.com), or just show up!

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Alumni News
By Michelle Failor 94

Alum to share her insight on being Catholic


grown up in such a wonderful Catholic community that felt so much like a family. Published by Loyola Press, Catys book, invites us to find solace in her storyand to realize that faith can be approached as a route to personal discovery that can lead to spiritual growth. (http://www.loyolapress.com/becoming-catholic-again.htm). St. Peters High School principal Tressa Reith remembers Caty fondly and said she is hoping to coordinate time for Caty to speak to Religion and Language Arts classes and is looking forward to learning more about her incredible accomplishments. Be sure to follow the Church bulletin and www. mansfieldstpeters.org for details on this upcoming event!

Becoming Catholic Again, is a personal narrative about Class of 95 alumnae Catherine (Wiecher) Brunells journey through the Catholic faith. Life is about finding sacred moments, making religion a part of your normal life and giving your life meaning, she said, and her book provides a great conversation for people who are willing to talk about what it means to be Catholic. Caty has a masters degree in Pastoral Ministry from Boston College, is a mother of four (ages 7 to 10 months old) and lives with her husband in the Boston area. She will be in Ohio this April, speaking to students at Walsh Jesuit and Xavier University about her book and how to maintain a connection to the Church in a postmodern world. Plans are also in the works for her to visit and speak to the St. Peters community, where her story began. St. Peters was such a gift, and I would like to find a way to give back, she said. I would not be Catholic today if I hadnt

Why make a Planned Gift to St. Peters Parish or The Monsignor Dunn Foundation for Education?
Leaving a Legacy How will you be remembered? Make a difference and leave a legacy for the ones you lovetruly the gift that keeps on giving. IRAs and Retirement Plans Avoid double taxation on an IRA or Retirement Plan assets in your estate. Income for Life Give yourself or someone you love income for life that may be more than your current investments are providing. Stock, Bonds and Mutual Fund Shares Giving appreciated assets is one of the most tax-efficient ways to make charitable donations. Your Financial Advisor can help you craft an Estate Plan that provides for you and your family and your favorite charity.

Please remember St. Peters Parish and School in your will. Did You Know? The IRA Charitable Rollover has been reinstated for all of 2013 and will now expire at the end of this year, on December 31, 2013. Suggested Language for a Bequest I bequeath the sum of $______or ______% (or all) of the residue of my estate to St. Peters Parish/The Monsignor Edward C. Dunn Foundation, a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) tax exempt corporation located at 104 West First Street, Mansfield, Ohio 44902 for its general purposes. St. Peters Development Office, 104 West First Street, Mansfield, Ohio 44902 419.524.2572 ext. 2125 or 2130

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