2015 Community Picnic

Once again Pope John XXIII parish was blessed with a wonderful, beautiful day for our Annual Community Picnic Sunday August 9. Around 450 people enjoyed great food, activities for children, including bouncy houses, a Bubble show, face painting, music and 15 classic cars to review. Numerous people from the neighborhood who came in response to the parish invitation also commented on the welcoming spirit of the parish. Through the leadership of the Evangelization Committee the day has become more than just a parish picnic. It has become an opportunity to reach out to others in the area and invite and welcome them to our community. The beautiful day was provided by the Lord but everything else was made possible by the generous work and effort of almost 50 volunteers.

Our special thanks to Len Gass, chairperson, Mary LaMacchia, who arranged for all the publicity and volunteers: Joan Wells, Sharon Hambrecht, Damir Klapan, John & Mary Kay Schramm, Ted Emmanuel, Selina Lazarus, Jim & Cheri Putnam, Ed Mott, Eileen Holodak, Mikayla Perry, Margi Lawrence, Gregg & Wanda Salem, Kevin McLaughlin, Sam Spadaro, Mary Patrick, Genevieve Pieniazek, Mychal Emmanuel, Frank & Pat Dober, Abby Hope, Elizabeth Gass, Rosie Petrella, Ralph & Joan Jahnige, Tim & Michelle Callahan, John McMakin & grandson Dawson, John Schaffer, Marcus Niessen, Don & Pat Mac Laughlin, Jeanne Rhodehamel, Jean Kwasigroch, Joe Fontanella, Mary & Joe LaMacchia, Frank Sylvester, Rick Beiswenger, Len Gass, Dawn Marie Rau, Frank Stancato, and  David & Rosemary Morgan.

School Supplies Drive

We checked our records, and we can’t believe it. This is our 20th year of collecting school supplies for our District’s schools! After 20 years, the need is still huge. The only difference is the kinds of supplies requested. We are collecting school supplies for the upcoming school year through Sunday September 6th.

* PLEASE NOTE: the new items have been requested this year.

  • Backpacks
  • Pencils
  • Black/White Composition Notebooks
  • Pencil Pouches
  • Cap erasers for pencil tops
  • Rulers
  • Colored pencils
  • Scissors
  • * Sharpies/highlighters
  • Crayons
  • “Dry Erase” markers (low odor)
  • Erasable pens
  • One-Subject Spiral Notebooks
  • Glue Sticks
  • * Tab dividers for 3-ring binders
  • * Kleenex
  • 3×5 Colored Index Cards
  • Washable Markers
  • * Hand-held pencil sharpeners
  • Zip-lock bags
  • * 2 pocket folders – (especially red, yellow, blue, green & purple)
  • * 3-Ringed binders (1 1/2 & 2 inch)
  • Lunch bags (insulated)
  • Loose leaf paper (wide-ruled)

Golf Outing

Once again the annual Golf Outing was a great success with beautiful weather, excellent golf and wonderful comradery. There were seventy three men and women from the parish who participated in the event at Foxfire Golf Course in Baldwinsville. The winners of Flight A (under 16 handicap) were Bob Kawa, Jim Young, Brian Betelek and Ryan Betelek, second place went to Bob Riley, Joe Riley, John Brennan and Dave Thomas. In Flight B (over 16 handicap) the winners were Gary Baronock, Don DeRose, Dan Pease and P.J. Scott, and second place was Dick Natoli, Bob Burns and Kevin Burns.

After golfing they had a lovely dinner at Pasta’s on the Green where they discussed their many accomplishments or lack of on the course! Many thanks to Dick Natoli, Frank Sylvester, Rick Beiswenger and the golf committee for organizing and running the event. The winner of the Kindle raffle was Rick Beiswenger!