Costa Rica Trip



Mrs. Sved and her group of student and parent travelers returned  last week from Costa Rica with lots of great memories. Here are some of the pictures from their trip.

(Summary and photos from Mrs. Sved) We visited and learned about the cultivation of coffee, we hiked to see the volcano Poas, swam in the thermal waters of the Arenal volcano, went kayaking in Lake Arenal, went horseback riding and zip-lining in the cloud forest in Monteverde, visited a school where we saw the children dance and we donated a filing cabinet, bingo game and other school supplies, took a river boat along a crocodile infested river, and went swimming in the Pacific Ocean in Manuel Antonio National Park. We watched as monkeys and raccoons tried to steal our bags. And Trevor saw many species of birds!

Theology on Tap

Theology on Tap

Fr. Jeremy will be hosting a discussion on “The Morality of Smoking, Tobacco and Marijuana” during the next Theology on Tap.

This edition of Theology on Tap will be held at Suzy’s Smoke Room at City News on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 6 p.m.

The event is ideal for anyone between ages 21 – 39.

Questions?  Email Fr. Jeremy

High School Capital Campaign Book


While looking through the file cabinets last week, I came across the High School Building Capital Campaign Booklet.  The 20-page booklet details the plans for the high school and what sacrifice would need to be made by parishioners to build the high school.

The desired minimum ask from all in 1953 was “one days [sic] pay a month for 30 months.” Monsignor Goebel says in the booklet that parishioners should “give generously”.   “It is your duty to God, to St. Peter’s and to Mansfield,” he said.

The booklet included “memorial gifts” that a parishioners could direct their gift. For example, a Sisters Bedroom would take $1,300 to outfit.  ($10 per week for 130 weeks.) while the model home’s price tag was a one time gift of $10,000.

The floor plans used in this book were preliminary drawings. There were some changes in the final plans:

  • The auditorium was called “Assembly Hall.”
  • The science wing originally had the lecture hall, physics, and biology labs in different places.
  • The Convent Entrance and reception was on the ground floor level, not street level.
  • The chapel on the third floor originally faced the other direction.
  • The VE room was always a VE room.  Sorry folks, no pool.

We’ve made the entire campaign booklet available for download.

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.