Mrs. Tressa Reith Will Hand Over Reins to New Principal

St. Peter’s High School and Junior High principal, Mrs. Tressa Reith, will be leaving after twenty-two years of service to our parish and school, serving the last fifteen as principal.

We are thankful for her commitment to the ministry of Catholic education to our parish school–all to the benefit of our students and families–over these past twenty-two years.

Below is Mrs. Reith’s letter to St. Peter’s families and friends.


Monday, April 7, 2014

Dear St. Peter’s High School and Junior High Families and Friends,

Were you able to take in our wonderful production of The Sound of Music last month?  In it there was a wonderful scene in which Captain Von Trapp discussed marriage with Maria.  Thinking he needed permission from her Mother Superior to request her hand in marriage, he asked if there was anyone he should consult regarding his proposal.  After Maria gave him a knowing look, together they said, “The children!”

I, too, feel when changes are to come that it is important to respect our children by supplying them with information.  This is why I, earlier today, informed our students of my plans.  At the end of June, I will hand the reins of St. Peter’s High School and Junior High to a new principal.  I’m not comfortable with the verb resign, and I’m too young to retire, so I’m calling this temporarily taking myself out of the work force.  It is not something I saw coming nine years ago when we moved my parents into our home, but it is clear to me now that it is the right choice for me and for St. Peter’s.

My 22 years at St. Peter’s have been such a blessing to me!  Every experience with our students tugs at my heart and makes it extremely difficult to make this choice.  I have worked hard to be accessible to students and parents, to attend school functions and events, and to maintain an open door policy wherever I happened to be.  I never minded a school-related question at a game or in the grocery store.  I believe a principal needs to be available to his or her school families.  In recent times, I have been less available because I have also made a commitment to take care of my mom.  The time has come for me to face that my promise to her makes me unable to keep my promise to my school families.  I want St. Peter’s to have a principal who can be available 150% of the time, like I used to be.  As difficult as it is for me to make this change, I trust that it is right for our school.  We are strong with an amazing student body and an experienced, dedicated staff.  I trust the process that will seek and find the right person to lead St. Peter’s High School and Junior High.  That process found an extremely capable and loving Catholic leader in Mrs. Madalyn Bauer when it was necessary to seek a new elementary principal.  I have found her to be an excellent and caring principal who knows her stuff.  I’m sure that same process will find an excellent, caring, and well-prepared Catholic principal for our high school and junior high as well.  Father Hite’s expertise and guidance will again lead us to a fine new principal.  His expertise and guidance were also welcome gifts in my ministry to St. Peter’s and I am so very grateful to him!

It is with profound gratitude to all of you and to God that I make this change in my life.   Every day at St. Peter’s taught me something important.  Thank you for your love and support.  Thank you for making St. Peter’s such a successful and special school.  Thank you for continuing to support St. Peter’s in the future.  That future is bright.  I will proudly watch from a distance as St. Peter’s High School and Junior High continues to excel in the Catholic formation and education of young people.  It would be an honor to maintain our friendships and I pledge to you my love and prayers.

Tressa Reith

Butter Rings and Braided Bread

Butter rings and braided bread were on the schedule for volunteers today in preparation for the annual bake sale WHICH TAKES PLACE WEDNESDAY and THURSDAY IN THE CHURCH BASEMENT.  If there was an “aroma” button on your computer speaker, you would be able to smell the deliciousness here!

Making the Poticas

The last preparation day for the Easter Bake Sale was Thursday when many volunteers again joined the ranks of “potica makers”.  And along with the busy corner of “potica making”, the school cafeteria staff served lunch to over 600 students and staff without a hiccup.  The pictured bread rings with frosting are prepared the day of the sale itself so they are super fresh! Be sure to mark your calendar for April 9 and April 10 for the Easter Bake Sale in the church basement.  Lunch served on both days.

Watch them making poticas here.

Messa di Gloria

Giacomo Puccini’s MESSA DI GLORIA was glorious!  Conducted by Dr. Richard Wink of the First Congregational Church with Bass/Baritone Soloist Mr. Dalton Derr and Tenor Soloist Mr. Joel Vega, along with the choirs of First Congregational Church, St. Peter’s Catholic Church and The Ohio State University, this work of Messa di Gloria first performed in the United States in 1952, was presented to a near full capacity crowd in St. Peter’s Church on Sunday, March 30.  This was sponsored by Cleveland Financial Group Charles P. Hahn, CFP and the St. Peter’s Music Series.

Here are some snippets of the Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus & Benedictus, and Agnus Dei.

The Real Sister in The Sound of Music

The past two weekends’ performances of The Sound of Music and the “Dinner on the Set” were tremendous successes!  Congratulations to Jim Cox-director, Rhonda Reynolds-assistant director, Jennifer Latham-director of choreography, Mark Ellis-technical director, Gary Raff-sound director, Allison Loeber-stage manager, Bill Johnson-vocal director, Lew Friend-orchestra director, Claudia Raff-Dinner on the Set coordinator and all members of the cast and crew!

This special photo was sent by Mrs. Laura Brackett and if you look closely, you will see a real, live nun in this group of cast members, all of whom were Sisters in the musical!  She is our one and only–Sister Bernard Marie Campbell!

Next Up For Bake Sale Preparations? Candy Making

Many volunteers were busy again this week with the second phase of preparations for the Easter Bake Sale–candy making.  Enjoy the photos here and start making the list of your favorite items so you are ready to buy on April 9 and April 10.  Next week?  POTICAS!  And BRAIDED BREAD!  And BUTTER RINGS!  Oh my!

Watch them making candy here!

Senior Prom Helpers

From Mrs. Elizabeth Wurm:  Thank you to Noah Pindel and Alexis Winters for volunteering for the Back to Heartland Senior Prom held on March 23 at Shelby, Saint Mary’s.   It was a fantastic afternoon “Under the Big Top” with all of our friends in the area!  Thank you to all from St. Peter’s who came and shared the day with us!

Alleluia! The Hills Are Alive Now!

It was exciting and wonderful at Friday’s opening performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music!  There is a Sunday performance yet this weekend and more next weekend!  Enjoy the 31 photos in our gallery!  Thank you to Richard Krehnovi for sending many of the photos in the gallery of the performance itself and to Danny Rice for the photos of cast gathering and praying before the performance.  Below is the rundown of remaining performances and “Dinner on the Set” this coming Wednesday!  But first . . .

. . . click here for a few snippets of Friday’s wonderful music!

Sunday, March 23, 2014: 2:30 p.m. (matinee)
Friday, March 28, 2014: 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 29, 2014: 2:30 p.m. (matinee)
Saturday, March 29, 2014: 7:00 p.m.
**House opens 45 minutes prior to curtain.

**Reserved Seating – Tickets go on sale February 19
Premium Seating: $12 and $10 (Students, Seniors-62+, disabled)
Regular Seating: $10 and $8 (Students, Seniors-62+, disabled)

Wednesday March 26, 2014, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Authentic Austrian cuisine by Chef Beth Carter
Adults $12; Children 12 and under $6.50
Public welcome! Bring your friends!
Reservations and payment must be made by Monday March 24.
Only 20 tickets available at the door day of the event.
Tickets available at Parish Center office
Watch the bulletin for further updates.
Questions?  Call 419-709-4692

These Three Are At It Again!

Ann, Molly and Jenny at at it again in heading up preparations for the Easter Bake Sale that will take place in early April.  Scores of volunteers–many of whom have helped for many, many years–show up to assist through all the processes of candy making, potica baking, egg decorating and stuffed-cabbage-roll stuffing!  Mark your calendars and visit the greatest bake sale in the area–April 9 and April 10!  If you would like to help, call Molly Orsini at 419/526-4783 for details.

Watch the stuffed-cabbage-roll stuffing process here!

Messa di Gloria

EVENT: Performance of Giacomo Puccini’s masterful Messa di Gloria

LOCATION: St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Sunday March 30, 2014, at 3:00 pm
FEATURING: Combined choirs of Mansfield’s First Congregational Church, OSU-Mansfield and St. Peter’s Traditional Choir, with St. Peter’s Chamber Orchestra in a one-of-a-kind collaboration, under the baton of Dr. Richard Wink of First Congregational Church.
SOLOISTS:  Tenor Joel Vega and Bass/Baritone Dalton Derr
PRESENTED BY: St. Peter’s Music Series
This program is entirely underwritten by Cleveland Financial Group’s Charles P. Hahn, CFP, a registered representative of Lincoln Financial Advisors Corp.
ADMISSION: FREE and open to the public. A free-will offering to support the Music Series will be accepted.
DIRECTIONS:  St. Peter Church is located at 54 South Mulberry St. in Mansfield.
QUESTIONS:  Call 419-524-2572, ext. 2113, for tickets or more information.

Our friends at Richland Source did a story on the upcoming event.   Read it here!