St. John of the Cross Parish in Euclid invites you to share your 2018 Lenten journey with us. Lent begins on February 14 – Valentine’s Day – so, we’ve chosen the theme, “A Journey of the Heart.” How will you live Lent? Experience the fullness of your Lenten journey with us!
Do have a desire to take a walk in the woods but it's just to cold outside? Why not take that journey through the recesses of your mind. We can create whatever we choose to create through mental visualizations. Yes its possible. If you would love a springtime walk in the woods, then imagine it. Quiet your thoughts, breathe and focus on a particular path you have enjoyed before, complete with trees, flowers, birds, river streams and gentle sunshine filtering through tree branches. Feel the warmth. Perhaps woodland creatures join you. Many times gentle deer are seen if you look closely enough. Creative visualization works best when you have a passionate desire or need to be fulfilled. Visualize in color...its fun to do. You are the artist of your mental pallet and the LOVE that you express comes back to you through universal laws of cause and effect. Join us at the Rishis Institute of Metaphysics for greater awareness of who you are. Call 216 486 7240 or visit at 21933 Euclid Avenue.
Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish: Annual Fish Fry will be held Fridays during Lent (February 16, 23*March 2, 9, 16, 23) in the School’s Upper Hall starting at 4:45 pm and serving until 6:45 pm. Dine-In or Carry-Out.
Orphan Annie believed that the sun would come out tomorrow...she had strong faith in that belief. In all of todays personal challenges, is your faith strong enough in the midst of negative emotions, to climb above these earthly energies and BELIEVE brighter days are ahead. It can be done in the quieting of your mind and through the letting go of past moments and embracing the present moment which is perfectly designed for creative thought and manifestation. Whatever you need to see or know to face or surmount, the way is shown to you. BELIEVE and you will be shown the way. The Light will dawn through the reservoir of faith within you. Three gentle breaths opens the heart and mind to infinite wisdom and peace. Through this silence and deeper union with the power and presence of God, all things are possible. May this new year be a joyous reunion with mind, body and spirit in harmony for your highest and best good. Join us at the Rishis Institute of Metaphysics for new classes in higher living. Call 216 486 7240. Blessings to all.
Whether you’re just beginning to consider your faith journey or you’ve been a Christian all your life, find out if the Catholic Church is where your belong. RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is our process for exploring the Catholic faith, growing your relationship with Christ and for many, entering the Church. Get started now, call:
Rev. Joseph J. Fortuna S.T.D., Pastor
Our Lady of the Lake Parish
19951 Lakeshore Blvd.
Euclid, OH 44119
Phone: 116.486.0850 ext. 24 Fax: 216.486.0851
“Tell Ft. Joe that Vince from the barbershop sent you.”
Fr. John Betters, Pastor of Ss. Robert and William Parish, invites you to join us during this Christmas season. As a community of people coming together to celebrate the birth of Jesus, and to find peace with God, Betters extends a heartwarming invitation to everyone to celebrate with us as we also seek peace in a divided world.
Movie Night: East Shore United Methodist Church presents... "The Star"- The Story of the First Christmas
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Have you ever thought you knew someone...knew them well? And in one moment, they show you another side to their nature. Shock, disbelief and a bit of disgust if the offense is a hugh one. We all have within us positive and negative aspects. Yes, we can all be selfish or generous with others and ourselves. This time of year the mail box is filled with donation requests, all great causes, yet so many. From national parks to animal rescue to feeding the hungry...all good causes. Not wanting to slight any group, I try my best to give what I can. Some gifts are monetary while other gifts are focused prayer on their needs and the needs of the people or cause they serve. Prayers for abundance for all those in need becomes a part of universal consciousness and can be received by those who are in tune with the thought vibration. Let the morphic cloud of prosperity be your holiday gift to the world. Doesn't cost a cent, but so amazingly generous in spirit. Give with an open heart and it will be given back to you. Namaste from the Rishis Institute of Metaphysics, Euclid, Ohio. New classes in higher consciouness living start in January. Call 216 486 7240 to register.
Sing in the Season!
Have you ever had a visit from an angel? Sometimes they are quite visible and other times they don't want to seen, only sensed. They always want to be thanked. At times, they come to your assistance in human form. Having the door opened for you or your grocery bags carried to your car is a treasured gift. This thoughtful or kind gesture from a stranger is certainly God's representative here on Earth doing angelic work. Angels are alert to occasions where protection is needed especially where children are concerned. A young mother who needs a helping hand or a listening ear can renew her energy for the next day knowing someone is there for her. A senior who needs help can become a treasured friend. Traveling the highways can be less stressful when you ask your guardian angel to be with you. Just ask. A mantra that also works well is..."angels at my sides, angels in front of me, angels behind me, angels above me, angels below me and angels within me as my guide". You can be certain that a time will come for your angelic spirit to manifest in a helpful or protective way. Are you ready and alert to those occasions that need kindness or courtesy. Open your heart and mind and watch how more beautiful your life becomes. Be the angelic spirit you are meant to be.
A question asked is an opportunity for greater awareness. Greater awareness is an opportunity for positive life changes that bring about balance in mind, body and spirit connectedness. If you are feeling tired, have a lack of energy, it's best to identify how you are treating your body. Are you eating dead food, food that has been overcooked or lacks nutritional value. Also, look at emotional drains that can create weariness. Learn what you can do, like practice deep breathing and meditation, when family or work issues seem to be out of control with no easy solution. Quieting your mind and body gives time to "listen" to your inner guidance and be in Oneness with a higher power within you. Be in relationship with yourself. JOY, is the journey of you. Give yourself the gift of going within to discover your true self. Ask the questions that create positive changes in your life experiences to create joy. Join others at the Rishis Institute of Metaphysics, 21933 Euclid Avenue for weekly practice on proper breathing and meditation guidance. One hour metaphysics teachings are held on Monday and Tuesday evenings on a donation basis. On Tuesday evenings, a Oneness course at 7:00 pm is offered. Call 216 486 7240
On Thursday, September 21, 2017, the International World Day of Peace, Ss. Robert & William Catholic School dedicated its very own Peace Pole. The Peace Pole reminds us of the importance of peace and of our commitment to it. A smattering of these poles dot the landscape in the City of Euclid, and there are over 200,000 Peace Poles worldwide. SRW’s pole is unique, as it was made by Facilities Director, Pat Fink, and designed by SRW Art Teacher, Jennifer Boehner.
New York, NY, July 26, 2017 … Catholic school educators from across the country returned from a unique educational expedition to Israel facilitated by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Middle and high school educators from 15 states participated in ADL’s nationally acclaimed Bearing Witness Advanced program, the only initiative of its kind within the Jewish and Catholic communities. Patrice Garuckas, the Upper School religion teacher from Ss. Robert and William Catholic School in Euclid was honored to be one of the 19 educators chosen for this once-in-a-lifetime experience. In the summer of 2016, Patrice was selected to participate in the Bearing Witness program in Washington DC which provides Catholic school educators with training and resources to help their students understand the history of anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and modern manifestations of prejudice. The week-long program created in 1995 by the ADL’s Washington, DC Regional Office, the Archdiocese of Washington, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and in cooperation with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Cathedral Education Association, and Georgetown University, Bearing Witness is changing relations between Catholics and Jews. Completion of the program in Washington, allowed Patrice the opportunity to complete the essays and application for The Jack Rudin Bearing Witness Advanced program in Israel.
Excitement with the recent solar eclipse, visible through the core of our country, motivates us to take a closer look at the cycles within our personal life and how we naturally realign to what creates success. For some, a 24 hour cycle work best in staying mindfull of life goals. Perhaps a seven to 30 day cycle is best to activate intentions. Intentions are powerful yet attention is what creates pathways to success. What we place our attention on is how the universal life force responds to us. This is a truth in the Law of Attraction. As the Divine Plan moves to bring the moon and sun into alignment, so can we move towards a more joy-filled life by being mindfull. Ask the important questions. Am I truly enjoying life or just living a robotic existence? At the end of the day, am I grateful for all that is? If you are not getting a "yes" answer then only you can make the necessary adjustments. Mind, body and spirit can be realigned by personal choices with right intention and positive attention. Be mindfull of how your thoughts and behaviors create your life experience and activate courage to create the life you desire. Staying receptive to new ideas and open to new experiences is the gift we have been given to be co-ceators in the expression of our soul's purpose. Align to the infinite wisdom within you and be great! Join others at the Rishis Institute of Metaphysics in a journey to wholeness.
There are times in my life that have been a merry-go-round experience. Repeating the same thoughts, taking the same actions and getting almost the same results was keeping me from my joy.
When life hands you lemons, can you enjoy some lemonade? It's true , we don't always see the sunshine through the clouds but within us is an eternal radiance that can be awakened when we live consciously. Live consciously? In what way and how when life commitments seem to be in control all the time. Take a moment to reevaluate what occupies your time, energy and money. Each aspect of your life has pros and cons or plus and minus factors. Are you living in a way that makes your heart sing? If not, then you have the power to make conscious changes. And, only you know the changes that need to be made. Go within. Breathe deeply and listen to the guidance from your higher self, your Divine nature . You truly know the way to happiness when you take a moment to be silent yet awake. Ask and listen carefully as Spirit speaks softly. Sometimes you receive direct guidance, sometimes an image or symbol especially in dreams. Understanding can come while taking a morning shower. Clarify the insights by asking if this guidance is for your highest and best good. We all have a dweller on the threshold, a negative influence as an aspect of our design, but our greater Self can and does guide us in positive directions. The path to self mastery is narrow but beautifull to travel, lifetime after lifetime. Join others at the Rishis Institute of Metaphysics for guidance on your spiritual journey. Call 216-486-7240 for class information.
Metaphysics, the study of energy beyond the physical, encourages me to change my daily habits. I awaken each morning with a sense of wonder as to what the day will offer. I have thoughts of gratitude that each moment is filled with an experience that awakens me more fully to who I am. Keeping my thoughts positive and my mind clear about what I want to create, for we are co-creators with the life force within us, I ask for only goodness to prevail in my life each day. Then I can face what does come with a knowingness that Yes sometimes goodness comes in unusual ways, but it is all good when you can reflect upon it. These reflections come in the form of seeing the lessons behind the experience. If it is a challenge with an attitude or personality, then I truly have to look within myself, for we mirror each other. Have I harnessed a negative trait enough to notice someone else struggling to do so. Have I asked for peaceful relationships in all aspects of my life... driving the freeway, in the grocery store, at school, within my family. If this is what I desire, then it's up to me to ask for this gift of harmony in all things and to know when I am the cause of not achieving it. Gratitude is vital at the start of each day as thankfulness completes the cycle of communion with the radiant presence and power of an all knowing and loving presence in this Universe, God. The Rishis Institute of Metaphysics embraces this ideology as the LIGHT in all things, everywhere throughout the world. Knowing the LIGHT needs us to express it's presence helps me to stay aligned to my purpose in this lifetime. Join me and others for the one hour Orientation to Metaphysics on Monday, June 26 at 6 PM at 21933 Euclid Avenue or call 216-486-7240.
Life has provided me with many opportunities to trust in the goodness of the Creative Life Force that many call God. I felt blessed as a child having my most basic needs provided for by having loving parents and grandparents. Yes, I was told by my mother ,we can't afford that. And boy oh boy was I disappointed. Yet, I survived the trauma of not having what others in my neighborhood had. Later in life, when my friends were settled in jobs and careers, I struggled with unemployment, layoffs through businesses closing or cutting back. Seven jobs started and ended without my asking for change. Or, did I in some way in the recesses of my soul, look to something that truly expressed who I was on the inside. As a student at the Rishis Institute of Metaphysics, Euclid,Oh. I welcomed the course on Vocations which helped me understand that Cleveland Rust Belt Blues didn't have to affect me if I was truly involved with what made my heart sing. Yes, I could express my true nature and creative side and earn a living. Again, I was blessed with the teachings of becoming silent, having faith and trusting the presence of God in my life to guide and protect me. Understanding the dynamic law of cause and effect and how my energy governed my life experiences, I felt more in control of my future. Gaining these insights and practicing right use of spiritual alignment propelled me to the highest and best directions and choices. You are welcome to join me at the school of higher learning to create the life you desire on the Path of Light. Call 216-486-7240.
Straight Talk Church invites you to a free symposium on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Room #105 at Shore Cultural Centre, 291 E 222nd Street, Euclid, OH. The symposium will provide vital information on how to recognize and assist leaders in their churches, ministries, synagogues, etc. with identifying mental health and special education diagnoses along with other information. Presenters are Mr. Corey Beauford, LICSW of Riverdale, Maryland and Dr. Wayne Snider, pastor counselor and intervention specialist of Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
Saved by the Scripture
Before Easter, there was Holy Week. After the parade of Palm Sunday came the troubles and the trial, the cross and the tomb. At the end of it all, we celebrate Resurrection.
Northeast Ohio has some of the most unpredictable and wavering weather forecasts in the country. Likewise, our communities boast hundreds of various congregations and belief systems. No wonder it is so difficult to decide which kind of faith is best suited to participate for our own comfort! If you step back and look at yourself, I’m sure there is a goal to become more spiritual, regardless of the religious affiliation you may be accustomed to attending (or not attending). Church participation rates have continued to decline all over the world. But this doesn’t mean that faith or renewal is dead!
The journey on the Path of Light, a discourse in Metaphysics or ancient truths as I have begun to understand them, has been a time of awakening for me. Seeing my real nature in honest reflection through practicing techniques of proper breath and entering the quiet recesses of my own energy field have helped me unravel mysteries and false beliefs that have not allowed me to use my full potential. Embracing the dynamics of three phases of mind--superconscious, conscious and subconscious and how thoughts, emotions and behaviors affect mind, body and spirit is a moment to moment challenge that I gladly accept. Living a peaceful life has been one of my cherished goals. Yet, anger always haunted me and can rear it's ugly head if I let it even today. Financial freedom is high on my list as well. Right relationships and expression of creative talents and skills to live a life of fulfillment is only a part of this spiritual journey. Knowing that I am not alone in this quest for enlightenment as I have met some amazing new friends also on the Path is a plus. The Rishis Institute of Metaphysics teachings have become a way of life for me and others. More and more I am able to reach deep within me for peace when all about me seems to be in the termoil of uncertainty and fear. I believe in the power of positive thought and prayer and desire to make my contribution to a more gentle and compassionate society not only here but for all people throughout the world. It's been 33 years since I was first introduced to this study of Metaphysics and how great full I have have been that there are wonderful teachers at Rishis Institute to guide my journey.
1908 Collinwood School Fire Memorialized through 100 year-old Local Church
Hello, Euclid, Ohio!! I am writting this article from Mcdonalds on Manchester Ave in Inglewood, CA it is 60 degrees and a little chilly. I am not aware of the goings' on in Euclid anymore due to moving here permentally. That being said I will still write these little articles to maintain the love I have for Euclid as it was my first place actually grew into my own man. Being adopted I never knew who I was and Euclid helped me realize it. Will always be extremly greatful for the oppourtunity to write in this newspaper, and share some photos with a population bigger then 1. Well till next time
Have you taken the opportunity to join Euclid’s faith community in one of their Ecumenical Services?
There's room for everyone at the Church of the Epiphany Christmas Eve celebration! Along with traditional Christmas carols and Communion, we offer a pick-up pageant for children of all ages. Choose a costume and become part of the Christmas story!
In a quest for Euclid’s faith leaders to promote dialogue and encounter those of different denominations and people of different faiths, they are planning a second ‘Ecumenical Service,’ on Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 6:30 pm, at Ss. Robert & William Parish (367 East 260th Street, Euclid). In addition, this will be an opportunity to come together and give thanks for all of the many blessings we receive and the privilege of living in the United States of America.
Are you aware that the city of Euclid is gifted with approximately 50 churches?
The Church of the Epiphany is offering a FREE Summer Music Camp to children in Kindergarten through 8th Grade. Monday through Friday, July 18-22, 12 - 4pm, come and enjoy music, stories, activities and games with friendly volunteers and church staff. Plan to come back on Sunday morning to Sing a New Song to the congregation and show off what you've learned!
The sound of whooping and hollering you hear is the happy dance at Ss. Robert and William Parish being done by Fr. John Betters (Pastor), Fr. Scott Goodfellow (Parochial Vicar), and the members of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Parish Ambassadors. The occasion is the result of our CRS Rice Bowl collection thus far:10 times more than the previous year, and still counting!
Shore Haven Lutheran Church, 280 E. 222nd Street, will be holding its ‘Everest’ Vacation Bible School program August 3-7 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. ‘Everest’ VBS promises to be mountains of fun! Plus, kids walk away with a rock-solid faith that they can rely on God when life gets tough. Each day, kids participate in small groups and discover practical ways to hold on to God’s mighty power. They will experience exciting Bible adventures, be exposed to real stories of kids who rely on God’s power to face life’s challenges, play team games, learn cool Bible songs and get to taste some magnificent treats. Our fun week will conclude with a special closing celebration service on Sunday, August 9 at 10:00 a.m.
When I was a young lad and Ike was president, my father took my brother and I to church every Sunday. Just before we loaded into that ugly 4 door Plymouth, he would hand us each a quarter to put in the basket as it was passed around. The usher slid the basket with long handle by and I would drop that shiny quarter into the basket with other ones and fives. On Christmas and Easter there were some tens and twenties. I would think to myself why can’t I keep the quarter, as it was such a pittance compared to other’s contributions. How much difference could a quarter make?
When I was 20 the winter was as bad as it is now. I was walking along Euclid Avenue downtown when a withered old man approached me with his hand out. He hadn’t shaved in a while and was wearing a dirty and torn old trench coat like the one my mother gave me for my birthday. He had his hand out while looking down at the ground and asked me if I could spare a quarter for him to ride the bus that night where he would be warm and safe. I too looked down as he approached and noticed that his tennis shoes were wet and he had no socks on.
Did you know that there is a historic tourist attraction right here in our city of Euclid? Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, located on Chardon Road, was opened on Trinity Sunday, May 30, 1926 by the Good Shepherd Sisters on property that was home to the 'Harms Farms'. In 1952, the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity took over the operation of the Shrine.
The Shrine is a replica of the Grotto in Lourdes, France. Incorporated into the Grotto are two stones taken from the stone upon which Our Lady appeared in Lourdes. The water from the Grotto flows over these holy relics.
Since its opening, thousands of pilgrims from across the country and from Canada have come to honor Our Lady and place their petitions before her. Hundreds of favors, both spiritual and temporal, have been reported as granted.
Today, the Shrine is available for pilgrims and parish groups to come for prayer and reflections. The Sisters host and conduct retreats and days of recollection as requested. The St. Ann Dining Room is available for groups who wish to spend the day. Conference rooms are also available for a few hours or all day meetings. In addition, The Gift Shop and Greeting Card Shop is also located on the property, featuring a wide variety of Religious articles and cards at affordable prices. Select from a large variety of gifts for First Communion, Confirmation, Baptism, Wedding, and Anniversary Celebrations.
If you might be looking for a fulfilling opportunity to become a part of this historic tourist attraction, you might consider becoming a Knight of Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine. This group was organized and officially approved by the late Right Reverend Bishop Joseph Schrembs, D.D. on November 5, 1927.
These men have banded together to safeguard the interests of Our Lady at her Shrine by maintaining the silence and order befitting the immediate environs of the Grotto. They assist as Ushers at Sunday Mass, Sunday afternoon services, and on evenings during Novenas. They also lead Rosary and Processions and assist the Pilgrimage guests in any way possible.
Added to these duties, the gallant men contribute their labors on weekends and evenings in order to help with landscaping and caring for the grounds surrounding the Grotto; thereby greatly assisting the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity in their work at the Shrine.
For information on becoming a Knight of Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, or to book a retreat at Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, contact the Sisters of the Most Holy Trinity at 216-481-8232 or email@example.com.
On Saturday, April 5, 2014, over 300 guests will gather at Ss. Robert & William Parish to taste foods from seven different countries. Additionally, the first “Taste of Nation’s Award” will be presented to Mayor Bill Cervenik and Euclid’s Administration for their commitment to unity and diversity.
Looking for a cure for the summertime blues? Sometimes we need to look within ourselves to find happiness. If you haven’t already pursued a closer relationship with your belief in a higher being, the summertime is a great time to get in touch with nature and explore the wonders and beauty of this season. We are so fortunate to have a gem right in our own back yard---Lake Erie. I have spent many hours since my childhood in Euclid on its banks staring out into the vastness of its waters; feeling the sand and waves between my toes and listening to the water mixing with the sand and the seagulls that frolic along the shore. These are healing sounds that can soften depression and stimulate our life forces.
Water is well-known for its healing properties. I find water meditation extremely soothing and the symbolism that facilitates “washing away” of our troubles by handing them over to God. We can send away the negative feelings and absorb the cool and soothing refreshment that enables us to think clearer and make better choices. One of my favorite things to do is to sit outside and study the nature that surrounds me. The plants that are in bloom, with beautiful colors and scents that let us know we are in a seasonal paradise linger for a while and then fade to another cycle of their existence. It reminds us that nothing is permanent and we all change as we embark on our short yet sweet lives.
Starting a church and revival center in Cleveland is not such an unusual thing, however, for Pastor/Revivalist Wes Geiger of Euclid, this would have been the last place he would have chosen. Cleveland was not a place of fond memories for him; this was the place, as a 3-year old child, that he and his 1-year old brother were kidnapped from their mother, never to see her again.
Wes spent most of his adult life in Jacksonville, FL, where he owned and operated a very successful tree business for more than 30 years. After being touched by God in a very real way in 1993 at the age of 42, he believed that God had asked him to shut his business down and was called to travel all over the world to share Jesus with those who do not know Him.
In 2011, as a result of meeting and marrying his wife, he moved back to Cleveland, OH where she lived. In March of 2012, an opportunity opened up to rent a space in the old Euclid Square Mall. The first service of the Cleveland Revival Center was the first Thursday in May, 2012. The Cleveland Revival Center Church just began with Sunday services which started on September 2nd.
Wes' services are based around his unique testimony of how God took a kidnapped child with very little education...a child who was on the streets and by himself at the age of 14, and has used him all over the world. He gives hope and encourgement to those who think that God could never use them. He takes away all of the excuses because of his own very difficult start in life, lack of formal education and all of the odds in life being against him.
In part of a year long celebration commemorating the 90th anniversary of Rose-Mary Center, Mass was celebrated by the Most Reverend Richard G. Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland, on Saturday September 8. Despite the dreary weather forecast, the sun came out that afternoon. Over 200 friends of the Center came together under the tent to celebrate this special anniversary. Participants at the Mass included residents of the Center, as well as the group homes, former employees, the Knights of Columbus, and community leaders. Following the Mass a reception was held where guests were greeted by Bishop Lennon and the Center's Director, Patricia A. Colombo.
Rose-Mary is a residential treatment facilitiy for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Located in Euclid, since its founding in 1922, it is one of the largest employers in the city.
Remember Saturdays as a kid? No school and few responsibilities meant a leisurely day of sleeping in, watching cartoons, playing with friends and having fun. That’s why 54 students at Ss. Robert and William Catholic School in Euclid earned a special place in the hearts of teachers, clergy and their parents.
“A total of 54 students gave up an entire Saturday to fast, pray and reflect on the meaning of Lent,” said Laurie Heintz, a religion teacher at Ss. Robert and William Catholic School. Heintz and fellow religion teacher Rich Smith coordinated the day-long program called “Famine.” “Mr. Smith and I are so moved by the amount of children who gave up their day for these activities, to really learn, and actually live and follow the life of Christ in his missions. God bless each and every one of these children. They have touched our hearts today in ways that they will never know.”
Throughout the day, Heintz and Smith kept the students busy making special yarn-covered crosses called God’s Eyes, as well as Rosaries. Even though these students were fasting, they still baked cupcakes, cookies and brownies for the parish’s Community Meal this month. “No licking of fingers was allowed!” added Heintz. “The God's Eyes crafts will be given to guests at the Community Meal served at the parish this month.”
From beginning to end, the day was special. The day started with a prayer service about lent and fasting, which was very emotional, bringing tears to the eyes of some of the children.
Because Ss. Robert and William Catholic School has been raising money for “Schools for Water,” a non-profit organization trying to get clean water in Africa, the group chose to hold a water relay race where the children had to carry jugs of water like the children do in Kenya. “In Kenya, the children walk four miles to get their water. Doing this team activity was a realization of how hard it is for the children there who walk in heavy rain with wild animals around just to get clean water. The jugs are extremely heavy, as the students found out today,” Heintz said.
Patrick Sweet, a fifth grade participant, said, “We experienced what it was like for the kids in Africa who have to carry 20 pounds of water for four miles. I only had to carry it five or seven feet and they have to carry it for miles.” Sweet said he would now be more thankful whenever he turns on a water faucet.
Fr. John D. Betters, Pastor of Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish, is named Irish (Religious) of the Year
On March 3 and 4, 2012, St. John Vianney Parish held their 9th annual Celtic Ball and Hooley. This special event honors those of Irish heritage and celebrates the contributions they make in three areas: Religion, family and community.
Fr. John D. Betters, Pastor of Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish, was honored as this year’s Religious (Irish) person of the year. He is of Irish descent with his maternal grandparents hailing from County Laois.
Father John was bestowed this honor for his commitment to Catholic education. “I was honored and humbled to receive this recognition and I share it with the staff and parishioners of Ss. Robert & William Catholic Parish,” he states. Included in the award is a donation of a portion of the event's proceeds which will be used for tuition assistance at Ss. Robert & William Catholic School.