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.

St. Peter’s Department of Theater and Performing Arts

The St. Peter’s Department of Theater and Performing Arts has one great season planned for 2014-2015!  Take a look at everything that is in store for you!  And if you are inclined to assist in any way through volunteerism or sponsorship, that would be great, too!

Department of Theater and Performing Arts 2014-2015 Season Brochure

Mum Sale – Orders Due by September 17

These will be beautiful around your home!

St. Peter’s Academic Boosters and Spartans for Autism are starting one of the two new fundraisers that were approved by the Fundraising Committee.

The “”Mum Sale” flyer-order form is right here!  Info and order form

Order now to help their causes.

Forms DUE SEPTEMBER 17 so please order soon!

Father Jeremy Challenges!

Father Jeremy proved once again this year that he is a force to be reckoned with during the News Journal/Richland Bank Tennis Tournament.

Our friends at the News Journal were there and we thank them for the coverage.

Read the News Journal article about Father Jeremy’s matches.

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.)