Once again, A Round for Brian, the golf tournament honoring the memory of STP grad Brian Euston, is sold out. We’re blown away by the support and generosity of so many. Over the past 8 years, A Round for Brian has netted over $300,000 and benefitted two of Brian’s favorite places — St. Peter’s School and Rockhurst High School. While there are no spots left for teams there is always room for more sponsors, donations and volunteers! Come out and see us. Buy a lunch or pool pass and check out some of the many wonderful silent auction items. There is still a great need for event volunteers– Go to aroundforbrian.org for more information.
Sr. Jeanne Christensen, RSM, will give the eulogy for Sr. Charlene Ross, RSM, at her funeral on Thursday, July 11. She has shared a copy of her eulogy with us. Sr. Charlene will be remembered by many of our alumni. See below the obituary from the RSM community, and a link to her obituary in the Omaha World-Herald.
We are grateful for Sr. Charlene’s many years of service here at St. Peter’s School, and send our prayers and sympathy to the Sisters of the Mercy Midwest Community.
Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Celebrating the Life of Sister Mary Charlene Ross
(3-25-1930 ~ 7-8-2019)
TEACHER, PASTORAL ASSOCIATE, DIRECTOR OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, TUTOR AND SISTER OF MERCY FOR SEVENTY YEARS
Sister Mary Charlene Ross was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on March 25, 1930, to John and Ruth (Parrish) Ross. She was educated by the Sisters of Mercy and one year after graduating from Glennon High School in Kansas City, she entered the Sisters of Mercy Community in Council Bluffs, Iowa, in 1948.
A graduate of College of Saint Mary, Sister Charlene served as a teacher in elementary schools for 33 years, with an emphasis on music education. She primarily taught in the Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph in Missouri. In Kansas City she taught at St. Peter, St. Michael, St. Ann, St. James, Diocese of Kansas City/St. Joseph and Holy Cross/St. Joseph. In Independence she taught at St. Mary’s Academy and St. Ann Parish.
Her love of music inspired her to begin a program in 10 parochial schools in Kansas City to determine how best to use recordings to teach the fundamentals of music to elementary school students. As the diocesan elementary school music supervisor, she would visit each music class once a week.
Other teaching positions were at St. Margaret Mary and St. Patrick in Omaha, Nebraska, Blessed Sacrament in Lincoln, Nebraska and St. Joseph in Denver, Colorado.
According to Sister Jeanne Christensen, friend and former house-mate, Sister Charlene was a pre-eminent educator. “Everything I knew about teaching in elementary school, I learned from her,” Sister Jeanne said. “Her students respected her because she was honest and direct with them. She expected them to do the best they could.”
Her niece, Sister Marilyn Ross, admired her aunt’s honesty and compassion. “I knew her to be a strong and determined woman who always said what she was thinking. She was a strict but compassionate teacher, especially to those who had trouble learning.”
After teaching for over 30 years, Sister Charlene became the pastoral associate at Christ the King Church in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1984. Nine years later she became the director of religious education for St. Catherine Siena Parish in Kansas City.
In 1994, Sister Charlene had the opportunity to teach in Szent Norbert Gimnázium, Hungary, when the U.S. Bishops asked for Sister volunteers to help rebuild the church in Eastern Europe.
After returning from Hungary in 1997, she ministered as a tutor in Gladstone, Missouri. She retired in 2011 and moved to Omaha.
Said Sister Claudette Schiratti, “Sister Charlene served in many capacities in Kansas City. She enjoyed the Sisters getting together and was a marvelous cook, a gracious hostess as well as an avid and deep thinker.”
As she celebrated her 70th Jubilee in 2018, Sister Charlene said, “I am grateful for the places and people I have met over these past 70 years. I always enjoyed teaching and found that having a sense of humor helped. I am truly grateful for having been a Sister of Mercy.”
Funeral services for Sister Charlene will be held at Mercy Villa in Omaha as follows.
Today (Wednesday, July 10)
Coming Home, 10 a.m.
Rosary, 4 p.m.
Vigil, 6:30 p.m.
Tomorrow (Thursday, July 11)
Mass of Resurrection, 10 a.m.
Interment at Resurrection Cemetery after Mass
Followed by luncheon at Mercy Villa
To access her obituary and an online guestbook, click here.
Please help us stock up on some items we need to get through the summer. Like many of us, our clients have children home for the summer so we are most in need of these items: Juice, Oatmeal, Cereal, Jelly/Jams, Macaroni and Cheese, Pasta Sauce (canned please), Crackers (Graham and Snack). Donations can be left in the baskets near the west entry to the church or delivered to the Legacy Center.
For several years, St. Peter’s has provided volunteers to serve dinner on the first Wednesday of the month at One City Cafe (previously St. James Kitchen.) The crew could use some new members–please contact parish secretary Mary Pfeifer if interested. It is fun, rewarding, and only requires about 2 hours of your time. (4:30-6:30 p.m.)
You are invited to join the Landscape Maintenance Committee for Weeding Wednesdays on the St. Peter’s campus every Wednesday evening, 7-8 p.m. Come spend an hour amidst the calm & quiet of the beautiful flower gardens of St. Peter’s. It’s that time of year when a little more work needs to be done each week, so let’s enjoy it together! Come when you can, no experience necessary. Bring your gloves and favorite garden tools and meet in the Legacy lot. Bug spray and water bottle also recommended.
The City of Kansas City is hosting a public meeting for the Meyer Boulevard Improvement Project: Ward Parkway to Troost, on Thursday, June 20, 6-8 p.m. in St. Peter’s Church basement. The purpose of this project is to improve safety along Meyer Boulevard while providing curbside parking and accommodating not only vehicles, but also bicycles and pedestrians. The project will also explore parking alternatives to Brookside Boulevard (Meyer to 63rd St).
The meeting will begin with a presentation at 6:15 p.m. It will provide an overview of the project, ideas for potential improvement concepts, and more. Representatives from the City and consultant team will be present to discuss. Don’t miss this convenient opportunity to learn about this important project.
Come one, come all to our 10th Annual St. Peter’s Parish Picnic! Sunday, June 30, right after 11:00 Mass. We will be right here on campus, under the party tent in the Meyer parking lot. Hamburgers and hotdogs will be provided – grilled to perfection by our Knights of Columbus.
Please sign up to bring a side or dessert to share. We will have plenty of water for a hot summer day; remember to bring along your favorite picnic beverage. We are also looking for volunteers to help with the picnic (thanks in advance to our Boy Scouts who will be anchoring the clean up crew!). Hope to see you on the 30th!
PLEASE consider volunteering to help. The sign up for both food and volunteers may be found HERE. See you there!
Beginning Monday, June 3, the Parish Office hours will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Thursday. The office will be closed on Fridays through June and July.
Our final PTA Dining Out Night of the school year is tonight at Jalapenos in Brookside from 4-9 pm. Present a paper flier when ordering and a portion of the proceeds will be donated back to St. Peter’s School. Works for carry out too! You can find the flier here.
Fr. Bill Fox invites all to help him celebrate the one year anniversary of his ordination at the 5:30 pm. Mass this Sunday, May 19. A reception will follow in the narthex. Congratulations, Fr. Bill!