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Photos from Around the Diocese

Students raise funds for Warming Center
ERIE—St. Jude the Apostle Church answered the call for donations to help the Warming Center, a ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph sponsored by the Mental Health Association and St. Patrick’s Haven.
Mary and Willis Cardot and Joan and Jim Gehrlein organized the event in early January. They were assisted by Kathy Carlotti, Kathy Nichols, and three students Nash Jones, Tyler Darden and Luca Darden. They gathered a total of 44 bags of clothing and miscellaneous warm-weather items, 17 boxes of snacks and personal care items, and 14 comforters contributed by Erie Dawn, Inc. 

Pictured loading donations into the church van, from left, are: Our Lady’s Christian eighth-graders Jonah Williams, Nick Carson, Madi Bamberger, Chandler MacArthur and Shelby Porter.

Serra Club hosts seminarian banquet in Erie
ERIE—The Serra Club of Erie hosted a Jan. 11 banquet at the Maennerchor Club for men studying at St. Mark Seminary. Twelve seminarians attended the annual event that was attended by 47 Serra Club members and guests, as well as Father Michael Kesicki, rector, and Father Nicholas Rouch, vice rector.

Pictured, from left, are: Father Rouch; Eric Eggert, seminarian from the Diocese of Buffalo; Annie Rutkowski; and Charlie Rutkowski, president of the Serra Club. Seminarians Patrick Strycharz, Benjamin Daghir and Michael Pleva presented talks on pastoral formation, human formation and spiritual formation.

Student with cancer benefits from fundraiser
CLEARFIELD—St. Francis School in Clearfield recently held a “Coin War” to benefit Brody Lanich, a kindergarten student diagnosed with cancer. Over the course of three days, the students raised $6,285.64. All money will be given to the Lanich family to assist with medical, travel and related expenses. Picture, from left, are students Khloe Lanich, Karson Rumsky and Jacob Wright.

Students get new iPads
DuBOIS—DuBois Central Catholic elementary students experiment with their new iPads purchased through a grant from the Glenn & Ruth Mengle Foundation.  (front to back)  Lilah Vida, Evan Dixon, Kairys Martini, Kalyn Johnston, Brando Salandra, Ethan Gray, and Aleia Bloom test their math knowledge on their IXL Math Program just installed on 50 of the new iPad AIR 2 models replacing the school’s outdated devices.  According to Principal Gretchen Caruso, each grade level from Pre-School through 5th has its own iPad cart, which makes technology easily accessible for all elementary students.

DCC Supports United Way Campaign
DuBOIS—DuBois Central Catholic recently presented a check for $1,000 to the local United Way Campaign. Taking part in the presentation, from left, were: Principal Dawn Bressler; Alexsis Kosko, vice president of student council; Herm Suplizio, United Way representative; Riley Meyers, president of student council; and Headmaster Michael Armanini. The money was raised during the 38th annual United Way Activities Day.

St. Bernard students give back to veterans
BRADFORD—St. Bernard Elementary/Middle School in Bradford recently helped raise money for the Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation. Students and the community donated pennies in the amount of $508.96 to the cause. The Pennsylvania Veterans Foundation gives back 98 percent of the money it raises to Pennsylvania veterans. Pictured, from left, are students Jack Nannen, Kara Longo and Kiersten Taylor.

Golden Apple goes to Shivani Suri
ERIE—Shivani Suri, a fourth-grade teacher at Villa Maria Elementary, won the Edinboro University Golden Apple Award this month for her excellent teaching. She was nominated by one of her former students, sixth-grader Stella Campbell. Pictured at the award presentation, from left, are: Lou Baxter of WJET-TV, Stella Campbell, Shivani Suri, Principal Damon Finazzo, and Dr. Mary Jo Melvin of Edinboro University.

Erie Otters visit St. Luke School
ERIE—Students at St. Luke School recently collected 981 stuffed animals for the Erie Otters’ Teddy Bear Toss Collection. The Erie-based hockey team collects new or gently loved stuffed animals that are then donated to the Salvation Army for children at Christmas. The homeroom that collected the most stuffed toys received a pizza party, hosted by the Erie Otters. Pictured are members of homeroom 3-A at their party, along with Otters players and brothers Darren Raddysh (#24) and Taylor Raddysh (#17)

Superhero dance held at St. George School
ERIE—Seventh- and eighth-graders at St. George School, Erie, organized a superhero dance last month to recognize the gifts of people with special needs. Members of the Erie’s L’Arche community and McDowell High School’s Inspire group attended the event with St. George students. Attendees dressed up as their favorite superhero. Pictured are seventh-graders Ashlyn Jessup and Brielle Rich with their special needs friend, Reine Wieszczyk.

New STREAM Makers Space dedicated at BSS
ERIE—Blessed Sacrament School dedicated its STREAM Makers Space last month. Bishop Lawrence Persico concelebrated a Mass and then blessed the new space in the school library. STREAM integrates science, technology, religion, engineering, art and math into the teaching and learning process. Pictured with Bishop Persico are, from left: students James Kerstetter, Isabella Johnson and Piper Thompson.

DCC math team earns first place
DuBOIS—Members of the math team at DuBois Central Catholic High School pose with their first place plaque earned at a recent high school competition at Clarion University. DCC earned top honors out of 14 schools in its category.  In addition, senior Trisha Gupta earned second place out of 140 students in the Class A category of schools. Math team members pictured in the front, from left, are: Meghan Graeca, Macey Hanes, Gabby Caruso, Trisha Gupta and Brenna Engle. In the back, from left, are: Emily Williams, Zach Logan, Anthony DePello and Jessica Tomasko. Team advisors are Laurie Zamperini and Alena Park.

Titusville community digs deep to help needy
TITUSVILLE—The Catholic Community of Titusville’s Faith Formation Program asked for donations to the Titusville Area School District to help families with school children deal with unforeseen circumstances or emergency relief situations. More than 250 items, worth an estimated $600, were collected in November. The fifth- and sixth-graders pictured here helped to sort the supplies and stuff them in backpacks.

Operation Rice Bowl funds benefit needy
EMPORIUM—The Cameron County Community Food Bank recently accepted a donation of $727 from Operation Rice Bowl proceeds collected in the Diocese of Erie. The food bank, located at St. Mark Parish in Emporium, was one of 58 recipients of Rice Bowl funds. Pictured are: Dan Martuccio, St. Mark pastoral president; Jay Edel, finance council president; Father Paul Siebert, pastor and director of the Cameron County Community Food Bank; Dave Malize, Food Bank food and nutrition program coordinator; and children of St. Mark Parish.