Youth Conference

(by Elizabeth Wurm)

They say that teenagers are the future of the Church, but I tend to disagree.  Teens (and other younger youth) are the Church right here and right now, and this summer we had the opportunity to see the young Church in action!

For the weekend of June 12- 14, 28 youth from around the area as well as five adults attended the Steubenville Youth Conference at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio.  Steubenville has been hosting youth conferences for the past forty years, and this year’s theme, “Limitless” was based on the Scripture Passage from John 10: 10 which is: “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

This year the youth were able to from such nationally renowned people as Bob Rice, Cooper Ray, Chris Stefanick, Mary Bielski,  Joel Stepanek and Father Dave Pivonka.   Throughout the weekend the youth experienced large group sessions with these speakers as well as breakout sessions where they had the option to listen to different topics of their choosing.  They also participated in small groups where they were able to discuss what they learned.   The youth also had opportunities to attend daily Mass, Adoration and Reconciliation.    There is praise and worship music throughout the weekend and about 3,000 youth from around the country attend this conference!

We would like to say thank you to the 28 youth from our parish and neighboring parishes who took the opportunity to delve deeper into their faith at this conference.  They were: James Rall, Avery Baith, Riley Ewing, Evan Etzwiler, Drew Smith, Thomas Korte, Gabe Phillips, Bailey Dauterman, Jackie Baith, Abby Zirzow, Casey Goodwin, Ellie Korbas, Victoria Keller, Emmelia Bloomfield, Olivia Deel, Olivia Haller, Makayla Luther, Natasha Mack, Claire Phillips, Alexis Westwood, Alexis Winters, Allison Stump, Caroline Blunk, Reyna Staton, Maya Staton, Alexandra Gies, and Erika Lee.  We would also like to take the opportunity to the adults who came with us as chaperones who gave of their time to help the youth see the potential of their faith! Thank you to Kari Krebs, Patrick Rall, Heather Deel and our own Father Jeremy Miller.   A special thank you goes out to all those who privately donated to our trip as well as the Knights of Columbus Council #687 for sponsoring a fundraiser for our trip!

National French Boy Choir – July 18 Performance

National French Boy Choir – St. Peter’s Music Series proudly welcomes the National French Boy Choir Matrisse des Hautes de France, in concert in St. Peter’s Church on Saturday, July 18, at 7:00 p.m. This choir has performed all over the world in some of the most notable venues available.  They will perform a program of sacred and classical music, including a few surprise favorites.

Admission is free and open to the public.  A free-will offering will be collected to offset the cost of the concert and to support the Music Series.

Please call the Parish Music Office for more information at 419-524-2572, ext. 2113.

Celebration of Presence and Service for Sisters of St. Francis

Sister Paula Bingert and Sister Bernard Marie Campbell

Dear Friends in Christ,

Yesterday, I received official word from Sister Dolores Zemont, OSF, President of the Joliet Franciscans, that Sister Bernard Marie Campbell, OSF and Sister Paula Bingert, OSF will be returning to their motherhouse in Joliet, Illinois.

Click here to read the letter from Sister Dolores to St. Peter’s.

Sister Paula and Sister Bernard Marie have a combined 100 years of service to the St. Peter’s Parish and School community. Their departure will also signal the end of the Sisters of Saint Francis of Mary Immaculate’s 144 years of continuous service to our parish.

As many of you will be, I am personally saddened to see the sisters leave the place they’ve called home after so many years. However, I am sure we share the concern that the Sisters receive the support they need at this time in their lives.

Their contributions to this parish and school community will continue for many years to come.

The parish is planning a few special events to celebrate their years of service to St. Peter’s. The first will be a Celebration of Presence and Service on Sunday, August 16. The parish will host a special Mass at 11:30 a.m. in the church, followed by a reception at the Franciscan Activity Center.

A private prayer service will also be held by the Sisters with a formal closing of the convent ceremony.

On Sunday, August 30, from 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., the Sisters will hold their Birthday Bash, an annual birthday celebration of parishioners who are 75-years-old and older.

We will share more details about these events in the coming weeks. We do expect a large turnout from parishioners, alumni and the Mansfield community. Because of the significance of this event, we will not be having our usual parish picnic this summer. The parish picnic will return next year.

The Sisters will then depart in early September for Joliet. Please keep the Sisters in your prayers as they make this transition in the coming weeks.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Rev. Gregory R. Hite

Vacation Bible School

playing-for-gods-teamSt. Peter’s Vacation Bible School will take place this summer the week of July 13 – 16 from 9 a.m.– 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Parish! Vacation Bible School is for anyone who is 5 to 10 years of age, and it is four days of faith and fun!

Our VBS takes place in the high school building on the third floor. To register, please fill out the following registration and medical form and return it to Elizabeth Wurm at the parish office no later than June 15.  

We do ask that all participants consider a $5 donation per child to help cover the cost of food and materials for the week.  Also, if you are a parent who is interested in helping or a parishioner who would like to get involved, we would love to have you!

Just e-mail Elizabeth Wurm to find out what opportunities await you!  We look forward to spending time with your child in Vacation Bible School and finding out how we can all be a part of “God’s Team!

In addition, here is this year’s wish list if you would like to contribute!

  • Puffy Paint (in black) six large bottles
  • Package of labels, any size
  • 60- 1 foot or slightly smaller dowel rods
  • Capri Sun Juice Boxes- will need a total of 300
  • Eight packets of party streamers
  • 10 permanent black markers
  • Two package of white paper plates (100 count)
  • Three packages of washable markers (large markers, please not the skinny points)
  • Large package of multi- colored construction paper
  • 2 large packages of hand wipes (such as “Wet Ones” or a comparable product)
  • 6 packages of regular sized hot dogs
  • 20 individual packages of microwavable popcorn
  • Monetary donations to help with the cost of VBS are always accepted and appreciated!


Capital Campaign Feasibility Study Survey

Your opinion matters: Please take our survey

St. Peter’s Parish & School is currently in the process of conducting a feasibility study for a potential capital campaign. This study will help us determine if we can raise the funds needed to make substantial repairs to our church worship space and school buildings.

Please take a moment to review our Case Statement in Support of a Capital Campaign for our Church and School. The case statement outlines some of the biggest projects on the horizon.

Most of these items will focus on repair and repainting of the interior of the church, rehabilitation of our stained glass windows and installation of a new sound system and dedicated boiler in the church.

In the high school, we seek to refurbish the Robert Frye Gymnasium and Auditorium and remodel the office spaces in the elementary school.  Also, we hope to update our telecommunications and security systems, and update windows and repaint the rectory.

We hope that you’ll take 20-30 minutes in the next couple of days to review our case statement and complete a short survey about what you feel is most important to accomplish in this campaign.

Your answers will be kept confidential and will be tabulated by Walsh and Associates, a 3rd party consulting company who we’ve hired to conduct this survey.

Thanks for your continued support of St. Peter’s Parish & Schools.