Happenings around school we want to share!

Friday, November 10 – Veterans Day Celebration
Men and women of the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marine Corps and Navy are invited to attend a Veterans Day assembly at St. Wendelin Catholic School on Friday, November 10th at 1:00 PM in the North Gym. The Fostoria community is invited to attend this special event where all active duty, reserve, guard forces, veterans and retired members of the United States military will be honored. The event will feature honorary prayers for our service men and women, a guest speaker and refreshments.
No RSVP required. Special parking will be provided at the west gymnasium doors for all veterans in attendance and their families.

Sunday, November 12 – School to Parish Connection Fellowship
Parents and students in grades 4 will host “Parish-To-School Connection Fellowship” on Sunday, November 12th after all Masses. Please stop by for some delicious doughnuts, coffee and juice.

Tuesday, November 14 – Source & Summit Liturgical Series
The next presentation in the “Source & Summit” Liturgical Series will take place on Tuesday, November 14th. Fr. Matthew Rader from Central Catholic High School and St. Joseph’s, Toledo, will be the speaker and will cover “The Offertory and The Liturgy of the Eucharist.” Fr. Rader ‘s presentation will speak about the offertory rite and the Eucharistic Prayer and how we offer ourselves to God as the priest offers the perpetual sacrifice of Christ. The series as a whole offers an in-depth look at the Sacred Liturgy of the Church. The last presentation is on November 21st.
Dinner begins at 6:00 PM, the talk at 6:30 PM, and vespers (evening prayer) will follow in the church around 7:45 PM. All are welcome and the event is free!Tuesday, November 14 – St. Wendelin Parents Association (SWPA) Meeting at 6:30 PM in the Notre Dame Room at St. Wendelin Catholic Church.

Wednesday, November 15 – Family Catechesis Night
A Family Catechesis Night will be held for Religious Education and SWCS families in grades 6-8 on Wednesday, November 15th at 6:45 PM in the Cafeteria at St. Wendelin Catholic School. One parent is asked to attend with their student.

Saturday, November 18 – St. Wendelin Reverse Raffle
The St. Wendelin Reverse Raffle is on Saturday, November 18th in the North Gym at St. Wendelin Catholic School. Doors open at 5:30 PM with a delicious catered meal by Flippin’ Jimmy’s. The raffle for the grand prize of $10,000 begins at 7:00 PM. An additional $4,100 in prizes will also be awarded. Throughout the evening, there will be opportunities for guests to win door prizes, gift baskets, 50/50, games of chance and more!
Only 50 of just 300 tickets have yet to be purchased. Tickets are $100 and includes one meal. Extra meal tickets can be purchased for $20 each. Winners need not be present. Tickets are available in the Parish Office (323 N. Wood St., Fostoria) or by calling 419-435-6692.

Who is Saint Wendelin?

Spirit Week Fun!

Dear Saints,
As we move forward creating a new model for St. Wendelin Catholic School, there have been many questions surrounding our direction. The following list is a few of the most common concerns and their answers.
1.) What is the plan for the school building(s)?
The plan is to gather as much information as possible, considering all of the parish’s needs, to make a wise decision on where best to locate our school. A year and a half ago a team of parishioners, contractors, and maintenance personnel put together a list of capital improvements needed at both the parish and at the school(s). In this list, more than $800,000 worth of repairs were identified as hot/medium needs at the Countyline Street building. In an attempt to reduce operating costs, be closer to the parish center and to provide a fresh “newer” looking school campus, we put forth an aggressive plan to investigate the viability of investing that same $800,000 in reinvigorating the Wood Street building. As such, a professional environmental study of the Wood Street property was completed in July with requests for proposals being sent to Alvada Construction, Clouse Construction, Mosser Construction, and Whitta Construction. For a variety of reasons, none of the aforementioned contractors returned a proposal. Requests for proposals then went out to two other companies and we are still awaiting their reply.
2.) Where will my kid(s) be going to school next year?
The location of our school for the 2018-2019 school year will be the Countyline Street building. With the delays experienced in evaluating the Wood Street building, even if Wood Street is deemed a good choice, it is unreasonable to expect that it would be ready to start the next school year.
3.) Why are we investigating the Wood Street building anyway? It doesn’t even have a gym.
Actually, it did have a gym (and could again if the parish wanted one!). That being said, before we can rule out any possibility we want to get firm numbers. Each campus has its own individual strengths and weaknesses with Wood Street offering enticing possibilities that Countyline Street does not, and vice versa. We just want to make sure we’ve done our due diligence when comparing our options. One thing we know for sure, something needs to be done with the Wood Street building. It either needs to be repaired or torn down. Both require funds and those numbers are unknown at this time.
4.) Is the Educational Foundation going to support the school?
Since its inception 30 years ago the St. Wendelin Schools Educational Foundation has been supporting the school in various ways and will continue to do so. If you would like to be part of the Foundation Board, three member’s terms expired this year and the board is looking for new representatives to fill their vacant seats. Contact Jeannette Lee (419-435-6692 x415) for details.
5.) What are you going to do with the sports equipment?
Our athletic program has changed, not ended. We still have athletics which require equipment and volunteers to make it a success. The Mohawk Club is still active and needs membership and support. If you would be willing to help, please contact Ryan Seibert (swcsmohawkclub@gmail.com).
We hope this brief Q & A helps our current and future school families plan for next year and beyond. There is great energy and enthusiasm swelling at SWCS. It’s wonderful! If you have questions or hear rumors (i.e. No, ProMedica did not purchase our school property), please feel free to contact me (419-435-6692 x402 · jon.hay@stwendelin.org).
Together in Christ,
Jonathan Hay