Fr Walt has been visiting individual homerooms at Religion periods to teach and talk with the children.This is in addition to the class Masses which he celebrates for each grade on Fridays at Religion time. We thank Fr Walt for sharing his knowledge, wisdom, care, and concern!
Pre-K and Pre-School held their annual parade dressed as the angels that they are!
St Philip Thinking Caps students in grades 4-8 participated in the Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s event for advanced students, “The History Bowl”, at the John Heinz History Center. Team members participated in 4 activities, which focused on exhibits at the Center. Students were asked to "interview" and describe artifacts from the past, locate facts about sports figures in a scavenger hunt, find numbers in an exhibit of Heinz products, and find objects from a sunken steamboat. The students loved their visit to the Center and were appreciative of the opportunity to make History come alive. Representing St Philip School were: Grades 4&5 : Malley Aiello, Kaleigh Costantino, Katie Hoff, Lauren Kirsch, Audrey Wrabley,
Grace Ravenstahl, Matthew McDevitt, Aidan O'Donnell, and Branden Sniadach.
Grades 6-8: Nevan Crossey, Ross Gardner, Matthew Mell, Carmen Worrall, Andalushia Reilly, Brandyn Brock, Ella Wrabley. Linda Ashby, Annie Kubiak, Patrick Carnahan, Nathan Kirsch.
Congratulations to Ana Bergstedt who, in addition to having a great season in the League, placed 1st in the Great Race in her age division, 26th in the women's field of 3000 runners, and 126th in the field of all 6000 runners!!
The theme of our 100 Year Birthday is “Celebrating our Past, Forging Our Future”. The children prayed the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosray and, in The Respect Life Garden, we planted a fern in honor of all of the future students who will attend St. Philip School. Ferns are symbols of youth, dreams, and the future. St Philip School exists to pass on the Catholic faith to young people. The success of St Philip students during life in this world and happiness with God in the next is our dream. We work and pray for the presence of St Philip School and Parish in the Crafton Community for many, many years to come. Let this fern represent the hopes that St Philip School will continue to help young people achieve academic excellence, learn the Catholic Faith, follow the Gospel message of Jesus Christ, and develop Christian virtues which generate responsible character. At the end of the Rosary, Fr Walt blessed the Rosaries made by the 1st and 7th grade Prayer Partners.
Special programs such as a visit from author and St Philip alumna Joan Ulicny who told her story of mercy and conversion, a presentation on Respecting Life and the Corporal Works of Mercy by Mrs Margaret Wrabley from PCUC, creation of a window display, and a Baby Shower to benefit Angels' Place were offered to help focus the student's attention on this important virtue. The program concluded with a sharing of the children's Halloween goodies with local charitable organizations.
Mayor James Bloom and the Crafton Council presented St. Philip School Principal, Sr.Geri Marr, S.C. a Proclamation at the Council Meeting recognizing the 100th Anniversary of the school. The Proclamation reads in part " I, the Mayor of Crafton, proclaim recognition of St Philip School for its commitment to academic excellence and to the development of Christian virtues, preparing the students, our children, for life in this world and the next."
Students from St. Philip School, Bishop Canevin High School, OLSH, Holy Trinity, and Our Lady of Grace presented their masterpieces at the annual Art Exhibit held in Fr. Kelty Hall. Congratulations to all of the artists and their teachers for this wonderful show. Special accolades got to Mrs. Bartlett and Mrs. Kennedy from Bishop Canevin for sponsoring the exhibit each year.
St Philip School continued its celebration of 100 years with a Spirit Walk through the streets of Crafton. The route was lined with white signs of support purchased by families, friends, parishioners and businesses. Crafton Mayor James Bloom, a St Philip alumnus, kicked off the parade with a proclamation in honor of the 100th anniversary. He invited Sr Geri Marr, Principal, to the October 27th Boro Council Meeting to recive the formal proclamation. Coincidentally, St. Philip Parish pre-dates the Diocese of Pittsburgh is celebrating its 175th anniversary. Nearly 500 people including students and parents from preschool through Grade 8 as well as alumni participated in the Spirit event. The wide range of communities represented at SPS includes Pittsburgh, Ingram, Crafton, Greentree, Kennedy, Robinson, Thornburg, Rosslyn Farms, Carnegie, West Allegheny, and even South Fayette. PTG President, SPS alumna and current school parent Sharon Gaitens said, “Our community has really rallied behind this effort.” Over $10,000 was raised. Congratulations to the Spirit Walk Committee and the SPS 100 ladies for a spectacular walk and fabulous public relations! Congratulations to the Spirit Walk Committee and the SPS 100 ladies for a spectacular walk and fabulous public relations!