Camp Catholic – Vacation Bible School!

If they wrote a letter home from Vacation Bible School this year, it would look something like this:

Dear Mom and Dad,

I am having a great time at Camp Catholic this year! We are having a lot of fun each day we are here! Every day we learn a song and hear a story from the Bible!   We also get to learn about a new saint that is the patron of nature as well as some things about the Church.   We get to have fun playing games, and fun eating snacks such as smores, ants on a log and campfire pretzels! We also get to make many crafts including snow globes, lanterns, telescopes and fishing poles! We also were able to participate in a service project for the prison ministry team! We earn badges every day that show we are following in the footsteps of Christ!   The best part is being with my friends and learning more about God! Wish you were here!

Our third annual Vacation Bible School took place July 7-10. This year we had fifty campers who joined us for this four day camp. The campers ranged in age from 3 years old to 10 years old and we were blessed once again this year to have many youth helpers. We were also once again blessed by the generosity of the parish community in helping to provide supplies for Camp Catholic. It is truly amazing when you see so many young people together in one place celebrating their faith together! We would like to again thank the parish community for their continued support of this program!

Thank you also especially to all of our adult and young adult helpers! Thank you to Jessica Golding, Adam Hefflin, Audrey Ralph, Diane Steart, Beth Deville, Marie McGinty, Karen McNeal, Fran Leitenberger, Heather Deel, Jennifer and Greg Henderson, Marlana Rose, Audrey Ralph, Makayla Luther, Chris Baldasare, Alana Ralph, Jaya Das, Alexis Winters, Emily Raff, Kayli Ralph, Matthew Kingseed, Jaya Das, Allura Ward, Charles Selser.

We hope to see more of you at VBS next year!

(Thank you to Mrs. Elizabeth Wurm for the story and photos.)

Summer of Service and Faith!

The teenagers of St. Peter’s Parish have been very busy this summer taking part in service and faith opportunities!

In June, several St. Peter’s youth including Cole Phillips, Marrin Eighinger, Alexis Westwood, Alexis Westwood, Natalie Zitko and Hayden Eighinger took part in a YES weekend. YES, or Youth Elect Service, is a weekend dedicated to helping others in our community. The YES weekend draws about 100 youth from around our area including Bucyrus, Galion, New Washington, Willard, Norwalk and Shelby who go out to people’s homes and help them with home restructuring projects such as cleaning, weeding, painting, minor home repairs and some building projects. This summer they were able to help five different people in their homes in Bucyrus, New Washington, Mansfield and Butler. The cost is free for the home owners and the only requirement is that the person must own their homes. The youth started off the weekend on Friday night with a retreat, Saturday was the all day work experience plus retreat in the evening, and Sunday we gathered for Mass. This is an experience for high school youth and we do hope that next year more high school youth can join us!

Also in July, we had youth participating in the Middle School Rally sponsored by the Toledo Diocese. The youth gathered at Saint Michael’s in Findlay for a day of faith and fun featuring the keynote speaker Dan Tooke.   The youth participated in small group activities, Adoration, Mass and breakout sessions.   This year Alexis Winters attended this rally from St. Peter’s. The Rally is put on by the Diocesan Youth Council which includes two of our St. Peter’s students Joseph Rall and Sophia Winters.

We do hope to see more and more youth get involved in their faith, get involved in their service to others and get involved in the fun! For more information on how to get involved, contact Elizabeth Wurm at wurm.elizabeth@myspartans.org.

(Thank you to Elizabeth Wurm for the photos and story.)

Renaissance “Free” Organ Concerts – Bill Johnson

The Renaissance Theater Thursday “Free” Organ Concerts are a great way to spend part of a summer’s afternoon.

On Thursday, July 3, at 1:00 p.m., our own Bill Johnson, Director of Music and Liturgy and Principal Organist, will perform in concert on the Ren’s “Mighty Wurlitzer Theatre Organ”.

All are welcome to attend!

New Principal for St. Peter’s High School & Junior High

Dear Friends in Christ,

I am pleased to announce that Mr. Michael L. Wasiniak, M. Ed., has accepted the position of St. Peter’s Junior High and High School Principal, beginning with the 2014-2015 school year.

Mr. Wasiniak comes to us with a wealth of experience and expertise. Most recently, he has taught Biology, Anatomy and Physiology and Marine Biology at Norwalk St. Paul High School. His educational background includes twenty-five years of teaching on the high school level and he has seven years serving in an administrative capacity. He was ordained a permanent deacon for the Diocese of Toledo in September of 2013.

He holds a Master’s in Educational Administration, grades 7-12, and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and General Science. This background has given him extensive experience in working with the many facets of education.

Mr. Wasiniak is a product and proponent of Catholic education and I believe our St. Peter’s community will also find him to be skilled in communication and passionate about the mission of our Catholic school.

A practicing Catholic, Mr. Wasiniak and his family reside in Norwalk, Ohio; comes to us highly recommended, and his selection was the result of a unanimous recommendation of our Search Committee.

Please WELCOME him to our St. Peter’s School community!

 

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

Steubenville Youth Conference

 

On June 13-15, thirty seven youth and chaperones attended the Steubenville Youth Conference at Franciscan University!  It was a wonderful time for everyone involved and really allowed the youth to experience their faith more deeply.  Thank you to our parish family for all of their continued support of youth programming here at St. Peter’s Parish!

(Thank you to Mrs. Elizabeth Wurm for sending this information and photos.)