St Mary’s IMPACT annual fall retreat will be held on October 24 to 26 at Camp Turner in Alleghany State Park. All teens in grades 9 through 12 are invited to attend. This is an excellent opportunity to meet new friends and grow in the Spirit. Please contact Ryan or Donna in the Youth Office for more information.
Seminary to Honor Fr. Yetter
Rev. Robert M. Yetter will receive the Curé of Ars Award from Christ the King Seminary at a gala dinner on October 2. This prestigious award honors those who’s lives reflect the qualities of Christian dedication and service that marked the life of St. John Vianney. Fr. Yetter has guided our parish for 20 years, leading the addition of a new parish center in 1998 and new church in 2009. He has fostered vacations to the priesthood, religious life and the diaconate. For more information visit www.cks.edu.
Seminarian Joins St. Mary’s
The St. Mary’s community will assist in the education and formation of a seminarian intern from the diocese on St. Catharines, Ontario. We welcome Gregory Schmidt is in his sixthyear of studies for priesthood at Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora. He will be with us for approximately nine months as part of his field education assignment. While here, Greg will learn about ministering in a busy suburban parish, and about the many ministries we offer here at St. Mary’s that make our parish so vibrant. Greg will be mentored by Fr. Yetter and will work with our parish life coordinator, Rosemary LoJacono. He will also spend time in getting to know St Mary’s school as well as our Faith Formation Program.
Daughters of Mary Begins New Program Year
Moms, join us, the Daughters of Mary this year in reflecting on this year’s theme both for ourselves and our children: Jeremiah 29:11 ” For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Please join us for our first meeting of the year on Friday, September 12, 2014 at 9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in Room 106 in the Parish Center. Our speaker is Rose Hoelscher, a mother and grandmother who coordinates a local Fatima home pilgrimage. She will share with us how through our prayers and relationship with Jesus’ mother, Mary, we can receive guidance, direction, peace, and healing in our own motherhood. Free babysitting is available. Also, please consider reading with us our first book club selection of the year: Without a Word by Jill Kelly. The first bookclub meeting date is TBA. For more information, contact Angela at 989-9893 or Caroline at 406-2333.
St. Mary School Receives $23,700 Grant for STREAM
St. Mary School has received a $23,700 grant from an anonymous donor for the STREAM program. STREAM is the Catholic response to the national STEM movement (science, technology, engineering, math) and adds religion and art to a holistic approach. St. Mary’s is one of 10 pilot STREAM schools in the Diocese.
Grant funds will be used to purchase microscopes, slides, equipment for essential experiments, virtual dissection kits, lab tables, robotics equipment, iPads, software, digital cameras and art supplies. A current classroom will be converted into an expanded science lab.
According to Joseph Roaldi, assistant principal, St. Mary School, this generous gift will allow St. Mary’s to become a leader in STREAM education. “Our goal is to create a unique learning community where students engage in project and problem-based activities to develop vital, age-appropriate skills such as critical thinking.”
Religious Instruction Registration for 2014-15 – Grades 1 – High School
Registrations were due on June 15, however, there are still some openings in all Fall session day/times. Spaces are filled on a first come basis, so please submit your registration ASAP by clicking here: http://stmaryswormville.org/category/family-faith-formation/registration/
St. Mary School Pre-K Program Is Expanding
St. Mary’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) Four-Year-Old Program is expanding to five days a week! Beginning in the fall of 2014, four-year-old students can attend class Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A three-day option is still available for four-year-olds on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. – 11 a.m. or 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. We welcome Shannon Federowicz as Pre-K, Early Childhood Education (ECE) Teacher. Most recently St. Mary’s technology teacher, Mrs. Federowicz holds a master’s in educational computing from the Sate University of New York College at Buffalo, a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with an early childhood annotation from the State University of New York College at Fredonia and NYS permanent certification in elementary education, Pre-K -6. Look for enhanced common core curricula, focusing on development of English language arts (ELA) skills.
St. Mary’s Appoints New Principal
Aiken has extensive experience as a principal and educator and has a proven commitment to Catholic education. For the past four years, she served as principal of Fourteen Holy Helpers School in West Seneca. Prior to that, she was principal at Saint Mark Elementary School in Venice, California for four years before relocating to Buffalo.
“We are so pleased that someone with Mrs. Aiken’s credentials and experience will be leading our school,” Fr. Yetter said. “Her enthusiasm for Catholic education will build upon the great legacy of Sr. Sheila.”
Mrs. Aiken begins work on August 4.
Outreach for Hurting Mothers
Have you or a mother you know recently lost a child – either through miscarriage, stillbirth, or post-birth? The Daughters of Mary, a Catholic moms group at St. Mary’s, has a prayerful outreach called Gabriel’s Graces for moms hurting from this loss. With confidentiality, we prayerfully support these mothers (and their families) in their time of sorrow. She does not need to be Catholic, a parishioner, or even local. For more information or if you would like to submit a name for prayers and/or outreach, please contact Hope at 633-9525 or Angela at 989-9893. Also, we are looking for others moms who would like to join us in prayer and/or outreach. There are no meetings to attend or age limit to joining us in prayer. Please contact the above or email: email@example.com to join Gabriel’s Graces!
Thank you to our volunteers and participants for making this year’s Chowder Chase and Picnic a great success.
Tree Planting Honors Sr. Sheila
A tree planting ceremony to honor Sr. Sheila Anne Burke, OSF, longtime principal of St. Mary School who passed away in early June, was held on June 19. A memory box was planted at the base of the tree containing notes written by students and faculty. Thank you to Russ Gullo, owner of Russell’s Tree and Shrub Farm for donating the beautiful Sun Valley maple tree and to John Siefert of Siefert Landscaping for assisting with the planting
New Shrine Honors Mary
Our new Marian outdoor shrine is complete thanks to the generosity of the family of Tim and Colleen Tevens. The Marian shrine highlights the area near the playground, fields and back parking lot. The shrine will be dedicated on Sunday, June 1. by Bishop Edward Grosz, auxiliary Bishop of Buffalo, in honor of Mary, mother of God and mother of the Church, as well as spiritual mother to all of us.
Interested in Returning to the Church?
Have you, or someone you care about, not been to Mass in awhile or are you feeling separated from the Catholic Church? Do you have questions about your faith or Catholic doctrine? Looking for a closer relationship with Christ? It’s not too late to join us for Reconnecting with Your Catholic Faith on Thursdays in May from 7:30 p.m – 9 p.m. in the Parish Center. All are welcome, you need not be a parishioner. Call Tom at 689-7448 or Carol at 741-8490.
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