Photos from Around the Diocese

Mercyhurst girls soccer wins state title
                ERIE—The Mercyhurst Preparatory School girls soccer team and coaches pose Nov. 17 with their second PIAA class 2A state championship trophy after beating St. Basil Academy of Jenkintown, Pa., at Hersheypark Stadium in Hershey. The Lakers won their first state championship in 2010.

Kids collect items for SSJNN
                ERIE—These fourth-graders at St. Luke School in Erie are surrounded by the items recently collected at St. Luke on behalf of the Sisters of St. Joseph Neighborhood Network. Students who elected not to wear their uniform one day donated either $1 or brought in an item for the needy. They collected 23 rolls of paper towels, 41 rolls of toilet paper, 45 bars of soap, 30 tubes of toothpaste, 23 boxes of tissues, 15 bottles of shampoo, 120 non-perishable food items along with $197 in cash. Pictured, from left, are: Morgan Tatar, Tommy Mayo, Melody Desuah and Austin Edmonds.

Women enjoy annual soup luncheon
                NEW BETHLEHEM—Members of the St. Charles Altar Rosary Society in New Bethlehem enjoyed their annual soup luncheon Nov. 3. Pictured, from left, are: Donna McNeal, Paula Foster, Barbara Veronesi, Patricia Coleman, Becky Bish, Lisa Shaffer, Sandy Anderson, Phyllis Troup, Jean Miller, Deborah Seidle and Marge Shirey.

State trooper talks to kids about drugs
                LUCINDA--Students at St. Joseph School in Lucinda recently participated in Red Ribbon Week, a drug-free awareness program that is held in October. Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Jason Siegel from the Franklin barracks met with children in kindergarten through sixth grade, discussing the importance of staying healthy and keeping away from harmful drugs.

Seyboldts honored for their philanthropy
                ERIE—Catholic Charities board member Evelyn Seyboldt, and her husband, Dave Seyboldt, center, received the Outstanding Philanthropists Award during the recent National Philanthropy Day luncheon sponsored locally by the Association of Fundraising Professionals. Pictured with the Seyboldts Catholic Charities board members Jim Toohey and Maureen Dunn.

Author meets with area book club members
                WARREN—The Adult Formation Book Club of St. Joseph Parish in Warren recently hosted John Schlimm, author of Five Years In Heaven, who read excerpts from his memoir. Schlimm, seated at center, is surrounded by book club members.

Fifth-graders warm up with charity
                MEADVILLE—Seton School’s fifth-graders held a warm winter clothing drive to support The Clothes Line, a Meadville-based organization dedicated to offering the area with quality clothing at no cost. The school community donated 53 coats, 73 hats, 17 boots, 21 scarves, 27 mittens and 16 pairs of snow pants.

Penny challenge raises more than $855 for Prince of Peace
                GREENVILLE—The students of St. Michael School in Greenville held a penny challenge recently to benefit the Prince of Peace Center, a Mercer County social service agency of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Erie. They raised a total of $855.26. In addition to collecting items for the local Good Shepherd Center, students choose an agency each month to benefit from a service project.

World Day of Peace celebrated in Ludlow
                LUDLOW—Catholic Rural Ministry hosted its fifth overnight retreat at the Olmsted Manor Conference Center in Ludlow. Forty participants, led by Benedictine Sister Anne McCarthy, discussed Pope Francis’ 2017 World Day of Peace message. Sister Tina Geiger, RSM, of Catholic Rural Ministry, summarized the retreat, saying, “Jesus’ message of active non-violence in the face of hatred, oppression and diminishment of the human person in any way is central in Pope Francis’ message.”

CDA donates funds to Seton’s music/arts program
                MEADVILLE—The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Columbia #2 donated $1,000 to the music/arts department at Seton Catholic School in Meadville. The funds will assist with updates to the current arts program and performance space at school. Pictured, from left, are CDA representatives Jeanette Kitch, Audrey Albaugh, Angie Lewis, Mary Ann Cochran, Ruth Dimerling, Lucille Gable, Suzanne Kelly and Pat Say; Father Jeff Lucas, pastor, St. Agatha Parish, Meadville; CDA representatives Janice Chatley and Phyllis Vrobel; Father Tom Trocchio, parochial vicar of St. Agatha, St. Brigid and St. Mary of Grace parishes, Meadville; and principal Laura Blake. Pictured in the front, from left, are students Adison Foster, Lucy Murphy, Lissa Murphy and Lillian Blake.

Students care a lot for The Caring Place
                ERIE—St. Luke School students and faculty created the shape of a butterfly in the school gym to recognize the symbol of The Caring Place, a local outreach to children who are grieving. Eighth-grade student council members spent a day recently at the agency and came up with a fundraising idea on National Childhood Grief Awareness Day. They donated $400 to The Caring Place.

Decking the halls of Seton
                MEADVILLE—Seton School principal Laura Blake helps kindergartner Jace Mattocks hang his handmade ornament on a tree at the school’s annual Deck the Halls ceremony Dec. 6, the feast of St. Nicholas.. Father Jeff Lucas, pastor of St. Agatha Parish, Meadville, blessed the tree and Tara Thompson led each class in singing Christmas carols.

Socks should fill lots of stockings
                ERIE—Third-graders at Blessed Sacrament School in Erie sponsored a “Socktober” sock collection this fall for Kid’s Cafe and Our Neighbor’s Place overflow shelter, both in Erie. The school community donated more than 350 pairs of socks to the cause.

Cookie mania helps with open house
                LUCINDA—Students in fourth through sixth grade at St. Joseph School in Lucinda made several dozen Christmas cookies for the preschool students to decorate with their families at a recent preschool open house.

St. Luke teams up with the Otters for a good cause
                ERIE—Every year our school participates in the collection of stuffed animals for the annual Erie otters teddy bear Toss with the stuffed animals going to needy children for the Christmas holiday. As a school we collected 628 stuffed animals. The children in 2-A collected 90 stuffed animals and earned a pizza party with a few Erie Otters players.

The second is the same children with the two players that came to St. Luke. They brought the children pizza for lunch, answered lots of questions and signed a lot autographs. The bottom row is Erie Otter Anand Oberoi #40,  Jordan Sambrook #6, with students.

Mercyhurst Prep Girls Weekend
                ERIE—Front row: Alex Wagner ‘18, Madison Schaefer ‘19, Josie Barcley ‘18, Reagan Kennedy ‘18, Olivia Eagley ‘19, Rachael Surkala ‘20, Elizabeth Whiteford ‘21

Back row:  Kate Whiteford (presenter), Fr. Steve Schreiber, Amy Zellefrow ‘19, Becca Swanson ‘18, Rachel Praetzel ‘19, Sarah Bahm ‘20, Ruth Kunik ‘20, Lauren Habursky ‘19, Brooke Talbot ‘19, Ms. Sarah Gdaniec ‘05, Andrea Fracassi ‘19, Mrs. Hannah Tatar

The annual MPS Girls Weekend was held December 8-10 at the Hope House retreat center in Union City. Presentations focused on the amazing love that Jesus has for each of the girls and how that love overcomes the forces which work against finding self-acceptance and true joy. The girls spent time in prayer and silence. Confessions, Mass, and Eucharistic Adoration highlighted the time together. There were also great meals, lots of laughter, and even a few tears. Many thanks go out to Mrs. Hannah Tatar, campus minister director, and Ms. Sarah Gdaniec, science teacher, who made this all possible.