St. Peter’s Parish Confirmation

Photo and Message from Mrs. Elizabeth Wurm, Director of Religious and Youth Minister
On October 12, 39 youth from St. Peter’s Parish took another tremendous step on their faith journey! It was on this day that they became Confirmed, and forever being sealed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit with the instructions to go out into the world and be witnesses to Christ!

Being Confirmed is a lengthy process. The students meet once a month in class for a year and also once a month with their sponsors to complete homework. They also attend a retreat in the fall, a picnic in the summer with their sponsors, complete an oral interview to determine their preparedness for the sacrament, write a saint’s report and complete service hours in the community. It is a long process with a lot of work involved, but the youth can and do rise to the challenge with one goal in mind: to complete the sacramental grace that was begun in them at their baptism.

We would like to congratulate the following youth who made their Confirmation this fall: Morsette Bernard, Diego Guillermo Cerron-Portales, Jaya Das, Jacob Depperschmidt, Stephen Fannin, Dominic Gasper, Lauren Haus, Harrison Hecker, Luke Henrich, Evan Holzmiller, Isabelle Jedra, Matthew Kingseed, Abigail Knapp, Makayla Luther, Abigail Masi, Emily McCarrick, Ava Naumoff, Sydney Newton, Benjamin Olivieri, Emilee Parker, Patrick Duty-Perkins, Hayden Pinkelman, Jack Pollock, Joshua Prendergast, Sylvia Rathburn, Emily Raff, Bailey Romoser, Nate Schemine, Reyna Staton, Caleb Stewrat, Abby Tan, Charlie Thompson, Nick Todd, Allura Ward, Alexandra Wasylenki, Spencer Wolfe, Mary-Margaret Wright, Maria Yerse and Sam Zickefoose.

We would also like to thank our instructors for this year’s Confirmation class. They share their time and talents with the youth of our parish to help them on the next step of their faith journey. Our instructors this year were Patti Kastelic, Jim Cox and Adrienne Randall.

We would also like to thank all the table leaders who gave of their time every month to attend the classes with their children. They played an important role in the faith formation of all the students they came into contact with. Thank you to Stacy Newton, Tammy Haus, Shelby Wright, Nathan Maiken, Tracy Gasper, Diane Stewart, Suzanne Das and Theresa Depperschmidt. In addition we would like to thank all the parents and sponsors of these youth who made this step on their faith journey a reality. Without their encouragement and example of faith filled lives, none of this would have been possible.

Concert Night Benefits Youth Group

This past Saturday, October11, Father Jeremy, his dad and singer Darcy Smith performed a concert at the Knights of Columbus to raise money for the St. Peter’s Youth Group programs.

The evening began with dinner and the concert consisted of mostly original music by Father Jeremy and his father. There were some additional fun medleys from the past and everyone there had a great, great time!

Thank you to Mrs. Hatfield for sharing these photos.

Sister Paula’s Motto

“It pays to collect labels!”

That is a favorite motto of Sister Paula Bingert and she continues to promote saving labels to benefit St. Peter’s.

If you would like to help out Sister Paula in her efforts, save your Campbell’s UPC labels, the General Mills Box Top labels, and the Tyson chicken labels (shown here).  She submits all of them from time to time and receives cold hard cash with which something needed is purchased for the buildings or programs.

Where to drop them if you begin to collect?  Parish Center Office and ask they be put in Sister Paula’s mailbox.  Or if you are a collector from afar, mail to Sister Paula Bingert, St. Peter’s Parish Center, 104 W. First Street, Mansfield, OH 44902.


Birthday Bash

For all those friends at St. Peter’s who were born before 1940, it was a great day for a Birthday Bash this past Sunday.  Held in the Franciscan Activity Center Atrium in the afternoon, everyone had a wonderful time and the sing-a-long was a special treat!  Thank you to Sister Bernard Marie and Sister Paula for the photo and for organizing this event every year!


Star Spangled Banner Anniversary Celebration

Mansfield St. Peter’s Boy Scout Troop 121, Mayor Tim Theaker, and others held a celebration at the South Park Block House in honor of the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner.

Written by Francis Scott Key in 1814 after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry, the song quickly became a favorite of live bands who played during public events. President Woodrow Wilson eventually made an official order that the Star Spangled Banner be played at military-related events, and shortly after that, the tune became America’s national anthem.  A short service was held at the South Park Block House, including traditional cannon-fire, the raising of the flag, and the singing of the National Anthem.

“I take great pride in living here in this country, especially in Mansfield,” said Mayor Tim Theaker. “The veterans, the army, the navy, and the military do so much and put their lives on the line for us every time they go out. We can only honor them in what we do.”

Aside from the ceremony held by St. Peter’s Boy Scout Troop, historical re-enactors participated to give attendees a taste of what life in the 1800s was like, complete with period authentic clothing and accessories.

Thank you to Scoutmaster Chris Baldasare for this story and photos.