Saint Vivian Parish
January 2012 Vibrations
Photo: Carolers visit some of Miracle of the Carolers: Youth Restored to
St. Vivian’s homebound
parishioners. Health Joins in Merry 2011 Reprise
A jolly group of St. Vivian parishioners, ―I don't know if you guys will
Inside this issue:
students, and friends gathered in the ever know how special that day was
Spotlight on Mr. Z 2 cafeteria on December 11 after Breakfast for us. When you were singing, Adam
with Santa for a quick rehearsal before was sobbing... he couldn‘t talk and
Autobiography of 4 starting out communi-
Evelyn Maag for the an- cation was
nual St. difficult...
Students Tour Holy 5 Vivian but it was
Christmas very clear
Caroling how loved
Knights of Columbus 6
event. The he felt that
event was day!! (We
Fr. Jack Calling 7
coordinated were all in
Voiceless Humanity 8 by Jeanne tears...
Stephens, even the
National Catholic 9
directed by nurses!!) I
Mary Kent, will love
Jumping Jupiter 10 and accom- you all
panied by Greg Hogg on the guitar. Our forever for giving him that gift… .‖
Halloween at St. Vivian 11 usual director, Brenda Gallagher, was
unable to attend this year, but we look Performing members aren‘t sure how
Baptisms, New Parish- 12 forward to her return in 2012. to interpret Adam‘s reaction, since we
ioners, In Memoriam
Among this year‘s revelers was Adam don‘t really practice much before our per-
Centennial Barn 13 Zust, St. X senior and recent stroke survi- formances and anyone who wants to can
Labyrinth vor. We were pleased to have Adam join participate—no talent required. But we
us, since last year he was a recipient of appreciate Amy‘s generous take on the
Men’s Faith Sharing 14
our tuneful offerings while he was bedrid- situation, and we‘re overjoyed to have
den after a devastating stroke that left Adam with us this year, following his
Alumni Update 15
him gravely ill for many months. We miraculous recovery.
Reader’s Corner 15 called-in a short telephone performance After our warm-up in the cafeteria
to Adam‘s hospital room that day. Adam‘s and in the spirit of the holiday, we bun-
mom, Amy Zust, recently shared about dled up and headed out to visit various
his reaction to our outreach: (Continued on page 3)
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Back to the Future for Mr. Z
A typical school day for St. Vivian Friends and former
Principal Stephen Zinser, aka Mr. Z, schoolmates insist Mr. Z was
begins at 6:45 a.m. and often goes late a typical student when he
into the evening. But however long was attending classes at St.
his day may stretch, it‘s the hours Vivian. He didn‘t have any
between 7:30 a.m., when he meets up ambitions to be school princi-
with the ―Breakfast Club‖ in the cafe- pal then, but anyone familiar
teria, and 2:25 p.m., when he sees all with the perennial twinkle in
the students off for the day, that are Mr. Z‘s eye would suspect
most important to this grade-school that he might have made an
administrator. occasional visit to the princi- Mr. Z and a few students from the “Breakfast Club”
A 1965 St. Vivian graduate, Mr. Z pal‘s office. Close friend Photo submitted by Lauren Hampel.
recalls with pleasure how he was in- Thom Nutting recalls that
vited to return to the St. Vivian cam- Mr. Z liked to practice his drumming and in Mr. Z‘s ability to say and do
pus in 2008 as Distinguished Gradu- technique on a stack of school encyclo- the right thing. After graduating from
ate while he was the principal at St. pedias during in-door recess, but this St. Vivian in 1965, Mr. Z went on to
Vincent Ferrer in Kenwood. When he didn‘t go over very well with sixth high school at Roger Bacon, received
heard a few months later that his Degree in Elementary
then St. Vivian Principal Jean Education from U.C. in ‗73,
Margello was retiring, he sent and earned his Master‘s in
Fr. Paul a letter of inquiry. Mr. School Administration from
Z‘s résumé was impressive, Xavier in ‘76.
with an accumulated 39 years Mr. Z met his wife Connie
in the field as a teacher or ad- while he was a student at UC
ministrator for the Greenhills, and she was attending Ray-
Forest Park, Loveland, Nor- mond Walters. They married
wood, and Princeton school in ‘74 at All Saints (she grew
districts. Happily for us, Fr. up in the neighborhood be-
Paul and the hiring committee hind the church), settled ini-
invited Mr. Z back to his future tially in Mt. Healthy, and
here at St. Vivian School. Mr. Z poses with his wife Connie and their five grandchildren. eventually moved out to their
Mr. Z remembers when the present home in Milford.
Ursuline nuns were teaching class- grade teacher, Mrs. Donohue. And They have two daughters—Kim lives
rooms of 45-50 students here at St. Mr. Z chuckled as he remembered the with husband Jim in Loveland; Angie
Vivian. As a student then and like jokes he and his schoolmates pulled in lives in Columbus with husband
many of our students today, he en- junior high, like when they would John—and five grandchildren: James
joyed playing football with his St. hobble one of the smaller boys into the (6), Emma (4), Hailey (3), Kate (2),
Vivian teammates, participating in back lockers. and Sage (about 8 weeks).
school plays and productions, and at- The mischievous schoolboy of the Keeping faculty, staff, parents,
tending the parish summer festivals. 50‘s and 60‘s grew into an ―all around and students safe and happy at a par-
In 1960, his parents were the festival great guy with a positive outlook on ish school can be a daunting task for
grand raffle winners. The prize? A life‖ according to Thom, and close any school principal. Mr.
brand new set of Encyclopedia Britan- friend Gary Glazier describes him as Z has pulled it off while earning the
nicas! ―always on point‖ in service to others admiration and respect of all. His wife
JANUARY 2012 VIBRATIONS PAGE 3
Mr. Z (Continued)
Connie shared a few stories that dem- child and the best home for their fam- From what I have learned about
onstrate his unique gift for leadership ily. ―That‘s his gift,‖ Mrs. Z explained. our remarkable school principal, it‘s
and his ability to connect with others, St. Vivian students are familiar not unusual to see Mr. Z in the
especially with the children placed in with Mr. Z‘s musical gifts; they often bleachers or elsewhere on campus
his care: observe him playing guitar at the all- long after the end of the school day.
When Mr. Z was the principal at school church as- But friend Gary also
Heritage Hill Elementary in the semblies. But they emphasized Mr. Z‘s
Princeton School District, his pint- might not know tireless efforts to en-
sized students were accustomed to that Mr. Z. was tertain friends and
walking to-and-from their schoolyard once a drummer enjoy life. Most re-
via an old, dilapidated foot bridge that for a popular group cently, Mr. Z organ-
eventually fell into such disrepair of young musicians ized a memorable
that it was no longer passable. This called ―The Rubber event—―Zinstock‖—an
situation forced the children to walk Band.‖ This self- effort to reunite mem-
along Princeton Pike, a busy street proclaimed ―peace- bers from the Rubber
where semis hurtled, strangers lurked hippie‖ wore his Band at his home in
and students had to pick their way wavy hair at shoul- In his hippie days, Mr. Z played drums Milford for an evening
through broken glass. When both the der length as he for “The Rubber Band.” of music and fun. Mr.
property owners and the city refused hammered out the top-of-the-charts Z went so far as to hire bouncers to
to repair the bridge, Mr. Z began es- hits of the era, including the songs of keep potential ―fans‖ from ―rushing‖
corting the youngsters home himself. the Beatles, Crosby, Stills, Nash, and the party and roughing up the Rock
Mrs. Z described another incident Young, and Creedence Clearwater and Roll ―superstars.‖ Already re-
when Mr. Z was principal in the Love- Revival. The band played at many nowned for his exemplary work ethic,
land district and a realtor brought local venues, including parish events, Mr. Z also exemplifies taking fun to
prospective homebuyers on campus to the Pickle Barrel in Clifton, and the its merriest limits. He is a trivia en-
tour the school. When the couple saw Boars Head Inn in Oxford. In 2003, thusiast, especially on the subjects of
Mr. Z go down on one knee to greet Mr. Z‘s wife and daughters gave him a Rock and Roll and the Beatles, and
their kindergartner, they knew they guitar for Christmas, and Mr. Z took ―the biggest Cleveland Indian base-
had found the right school for their to the new instrument with enthusi- ball fan.‖ (His father was a scout for
asm. the team.)
If our purpose were to praise the
Carolers (Continued from page 1) modern saints and greats among us,
we couldn‘t go wrong by focusing our
homes in the neighborhood and resi- this year‘s gathering was a horse- attention on St. Vivian Principal
dents at the Mercy Franciscan Terrace drawn sleigh and you! So please join Stephen Zinser for his inspiration and
care facility. We skirted from one gig us next year—nothing instills the guidance. Commended by friends for
to the next in our cars, then sang a warm glow of the holiday spirit more being ―always first in prayer and ser-
variety of holiday favorites for our than reaching out to others and bring- vice‖ and an all-around great person
audiences, including ―Jingle Bells,‖ ing Christmas tidings to those who who ―takes his religion seriously,‖ Mr.
―Silent Night,‖ ―Deck the Halls,‖ and a are in hospitals and nursing homes or Z‘s example reminds us to live a life of
creatively choreographed (thanks to experiencing limited mobility within faith and to act in a way that will
Mary Kent) version of ―The Twelve their own homes. serve the greater good. See Page 9 for
Days of Christmas.‖ Join us next year for some fa-la-la one student‘s ―Living Saints‖ testi-
The only ingredient missing from -la fun! mony to our remarkable principal.
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Autobiography of Evelyn Maag: A Love of Scripture
I was raised in a strongly Catholic but for the most part our life has been scholar and he was aware that there
family, and as far back as I can re- very good. We have been married for was little opportunity in the Catholic
member, I have always been inter- 55 years. We have nine grandchildren Church, at that time, for lay people to
ested in Scripture. In grade school one and three great-grandchildren. study Scripture. So he organized what
of my favorite subjects was ―Bible His- In the early 70‘s I was led to vol- he called a Scripture Conference at
tory.‖ I was especially fond of the sto- unteer to teach religious education to the college where he taught in San
ries from the Old Testa- Antonio, Texas.
ment. There weren‘t The conference was
many opportunities to conducted two weeks
study Scripture in high each summer for four
school, so I studied on my years. Larry and I
own. I even tried Revela- were blessed to be able
tion, but understood little to attend. I enjoyed all
of it. the classes, but my
After high school I favorites were The Old
considered entering the Testament, Prophets,
convent. I sought guid- The Gospels, and
ance of my uncle, a Fran- Revelation. We also
ciscan priest who was also spent a good bit of
my godfather. After much From left Evelyn Maag, Bridget Imhuse, Judy Stephens, Rosemary Eveslage time studying the his-
discussion and many and Barb Densmore attend Evelyn Maag’s Bible Study. Photo by Molly Daven- tory of Israel, which is
prayers we decided this port. critical in understand-
was not my calling. How- ing the Old Testament.
ever, I made up my mind that I would the students from our parish (Sacred It was a wonderful and positive ex-
marry only if I could find a man to- Heart in Fairfield) who attended the perience. We not only studied the
tally dedicated to the Lord and to the public school. I was assigned the sixth Scriptures, but were also taught how
Church. This was my constant prayer. grade, and wouldn‘t you know the the Catholic Church interprets them.
I turned down four marriage propos- theme of the class was Scripture! I did It was extremely helpful. We were
als before I finally met Larry. On our my best but realized how little I really encouraged to read the Scripture
first date he asked me to pray a dec- knew. That began 40 years of search- daily.
ade of the Rosary with him. I knew ing to learn everything I could about When Larry began to study for
my prayers had been answered. In Scripture. I read whatever I could find the Diaconate, I was allowed to attend
two months we were engaged, just and attended lectures whenever avail- all the classes with him. Many were
before he entered the military, so we able. Scripture studies or Scripture related.
did not get married until he returned In the late 70‘s Larry and I joined Again, they were very helpful.
two years later. This was during the the Charismatic Renewal. This was a After completing the Scripture
Korean War, but fortunately he was major breakthrough. It was Scripture- Conferences in San Antonio, I have
sent to Europe. based and especially encouraged the led Scripture studies regularly. I have
We offered up this difficult sepa- gifts of the Holy Spirit. It was a won- especially enjoyed doing this here at
ration, asking God to give us a son derful experience and, spiritually, St. Vivian. I truly believe I have
who would be a priest: we have five very helpful. One of the leading learned far more than those attend-
daughters. God‘s ways are not our priests in the Charismatic Renewal in ing. It has been my experience that
ways! the U.S. was George Montagu, S.M. God and His Word are like a bottom-
We‘ve had our share of problems, He was also a prominent Scripture less well. You can never stop learning!
JANUARY 2012 VIBRATIONS PAGE 5
Holy Spaces: Students Tour Places of Worship
Beginning this fall, St. Vivian seventh beautiful, hand-penned scrolls, or To- eas of the Cathedral, as well as a be-
and eighth graders began visiting lo- rah. We were awed by the detailed hind-the-scenes tour of the sacristy,
cal houses of worship to explore how artwork covering almost every wall, dressing area, and private chapel of
our neighbors practice their faith. ceiling and surface in the synagogue, the Archbishop. After attending the
These trips were meant to midday mass, our stu-
dispel myths, and give dents enjoyed their
information about and lunch in the undercroft
foster respect for the reli- and headed back up the
gious freedom that we en- hill. Our day was to con-
joy here in the United clude with a visit to the
States. Holy Trinity/St. Nicho-
On September 22, las Greek Orthodox
Grade Eight visited the church, but they had to
Islamic Center of Greater cancel due to a funeral.
Cincinnati. We toured Grade Seven will visit
their facility, which in- with them at a later
cluded meeting rooms, a date.
The Seventh Grade tours St. Peter In Chains Cathedral.
museum with old-world ar- Our teachers and I
tifacts, and the mosque itself. Every- and left with an enriched knowledge were very proud of the way our stu-
one had to remove their shoes, and of our pre-New Testament religious dents conducted themselves, as well
girls donned loose scarves upon enter- heritage. as of the thoughtful questions they
ing the worship space, which was Grade Seven crossed over Plum asked in each venue. Learning about
highlighted by beautiful calligraphy St. and into the home-parish church and respecting each other‘s differ-
spelling out the 99 Islamic names for for all Cincinnati Catholics, St. Peter ences is definitely a lesson we will
God (The Merciful, The Creator, The In Chains Cathedral. We were treated continue to offer our junior high stu-
Holy, The Source of Peace, The Pro- to in-depth explanations of the layout, dents in the future!
vider, etc.). Grade Eight rounded out statuary, mosaics and functional ar-
their day by volunteering at Matthew
25 Ministries in Blue Ash. Dividing First Eucharist: Important Dates
into groups, they disposed of excess
packaging of lotions, emptied dam-
Parent/Guardian Meeting First Eucharist Class Photo
aged soap bags for reuse, and organ-
Tues., February 7, 7 pm Mon., April 23, 6:30 pm
ized empty pill bottles by type and
Ursuline Hall Church
October 6 found Grade Seven
Jesus Day Retreat First Eucharist Rehearsals
Downtown: first stop the Plum Street
(At least one parent must attend.) For 4:30 Mass
Temple, a reform Jewish congrega-
Sat., March 24, 10 am—noon Thurs., April 26, 6 – 7pm
tion. We viewed a worship space not Cafeteria Church
unlike our own, including chairs for For 11:00 Mass
the presider and assistants, as well as Presentation and Blessing of Thurs., April 26, 7– 8 pm
a raised altar where the Scripture is First Eucharist Candidates Church
read from the Hebrew Bible, our Old Sat. and Sun., March 24 and 25 (at
Testament. Behind the altar is a cur- Mass) First Eucharist Masses
tained area which contains the seven Sat. and Sun., April 28 and 29
PAGE 6 VIBRATIONS JANUARY 2012
Knights of Columbus: Know and Act Your Faith
Parishioner Jeff Polly was new to being a Catholic and more than 14,000 chapters around the world and more
looking for a way to get involved in his faith. Already busy than 30 local chapters in the Greater Cincinnati area.
as a husband and father, working fulltime and going to The Knights participate in programs designed for
graduate school, he was not sure what he could do. church, family, commu-
A friend mentioned that he belonged to the Knights of nity and youth. Areas of “The knights partici-
Columbus. Jeff looked into it and joined about 18 months interest include people pate in programs de-
ago. ―I am more of a behind-the-scenes guy,‖ says Jeff, who with intellectual disabili- signed for church, fam-
was happy to find a group that combined his new faith, ties, the Pro-Life move- ily, community and
ways to volunteer and social activities for himself and his ment, and many parish youth.”
family. activities. One of the pri-
―I liked that the council raises money for worthwhile mary goals of the council
causes,‖ Jeff says. He is to help, financially and through prayer, those with
has worked at the Ten- vocations to the priesthood or other religious life.
nis Masters with the The Madonna Council has sponsored the Mt.
Knights for the past Healthy Haunted Hall for 22 years, in conjunction with
two summers. Jeff the Boy Scouts. They also sponsor a family Halloween
joined the Madonna party, a turkey fest, a Christmas party, an Easter Egg
Council of the Knights hunt, and countless events throughout the year as fund-
of Columbus, who have raisers and social gatherings.
been meeting in Mt. Tim and Jeff feel they have found a group that helps
Healthy since 1954. them to know and act in their faith, and to help others
Another parish- through their fundraising efforts. The Madonna Council
ioner, Tim Burda, re- meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays
cently joined the Knights of Columbus Madonna Council, of the month at 7700 Seward Ave., in Mt. Healthy. Rosary
as well. Tim and Jeff like the connection the organization begins at 8 pm, with the meeting following at around 8:15.
offers to the church and the community, and that there is a In the near future Madonna Council will be sponsoring
focus on charity. a coffee and donuts weekend at St. Vivian. Members of the
The Knights of Columbus were chartered in 1882 by Knights will be there to answer questions and give out in-
the Connecticut state legislature as a fraternal benefit so- formation at that time. For more information, contact Jeff
ciety. The Order is still true to its founding principles of Polly at 513-729-4156.
charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. There are now
Photos on opposite page...
Time to register for New Orleans!
Top: The Risen Christ keeps watch over all parish events
The next parish mission trip to New Orleans will be
held in the Filippine Center. Photo by Jeanne Stephens.
February 18-25. Take advantage of this unique oppor-
Middle: Al Fluegeman stands next to the cross he built for
tunity to connect with fellow parishioners, to serve God
the Risen Christ. Submitted by Jo Ann Fluegeman..
by helping your neighbors in need, to enjoy New Or-
Bottom: Jo Ann displays her divinely inspired painting. Sub-
leans culture and to experience Mardi Gras firsthand!
mitted by Jo Ann Fluegeman.
All are welcome. We are especially in need of volunteers
with home-improvement know-how. Sponsorships are
available to cover the cost of registration. Contact
email@example.com to sign up.
JANUARY 2012 VIBRATIONS PAGE 7
Father Jack Calling
Editor’s Note: Longtime St. Vivian parishioner (58 years!)
Jo Ann Fluegeman attended the Parish Volunteer Recogni-
tion dinner in October. She was sitting near a friend in the
Activity Center when she looked up at the Risen Christ fig-
ure displayed above the stage, which made her think of Fr.
“Did you know that Al and I made that figure at Father
Jack’s request?” she asked.
“I had no idea,” her friend replied.
Here’s Jo Ann’s story: The most amazing thing about the whole project oc-
curred just as the pieces were ready for a coat of paint. Al
I picked up my home phone some years ago at about continued to work in his shop while I worked in the dining
the time the parish was beginning to put the finishing room—we never consulted each other about color. But
touches to the new Fa- when he brought the cross up to the house and I
ther Jack Filippine Activ- showed him the figure I had been working on, we
ity Center. Father Jack found we had each chosen a burgundy color! It must
got right to the point— have been divine intervention! Father Jack was
―Would you and Al make happy with our work and we were honored to have
a Risen Christ for over this be our legacy to the parish.
the stage?‖ With charac-
teristic insight, Father You can see a number of Al and Jo Ann’s projects
Jack had decided that a throughout the parish, including Jo Ann’s paintings
life-size figure of the on display in the St. Francis, St. Clare Gather Room
Risen Christ would be and Ursuline Hall.
perfect for the Activity
Center, where children
would often gather. Al
and I had never worked
on anything so large, but
no one said ―No‖ to Fa-
We had to work out
the logistics first, so off we went to the lumber yard to buy
a very large piece of wood. Then, Al had to contrive a way
to extend the arms with ―biscuits.‖ Any woodworker would
know what that means. For the rest of us, biscuits are oval
-shaped discs for creating strong joints.
After the wood was cut and finished, I drew a diagram
of the project, and we cut out the pieces. Our dining room
table became the center of activity for the figure of Christ,
while Al worked on the cross down in his shop. Extending
the Christ figure from the cross presented a problem, but
resourceful Al was able to pull it off!
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Tom Miller, Respect Life Coordinator
I had the parishioners of St. Clarence have been the spectrum on abortion, euthanasia,
opportu- supportive since his release. and capital punishment.
nity to At the conference, I attended the The second keynote presentation
attend the Defending Life Against the panel presentation on the Death Pen- was given by Vicki Schieber, Educa-
Sentence of Death Conference on Oc- alty and Parish Respect Life Ministry. tion Coordinator for Catholic Mobili-
tober 29, 2011 at Good Shepherd Panelists, who included the Rev. Len zation Network to End the Use of the
Church. Bishop Joseph Binzer pre- Wenke, Director of Pastoral Services Death Penalty and Board Chair for
sented the invocation. The first key- for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Sr. Murder Victims‘ Families for Human
note presentation was by Fr. Neil Ruth Kuhn, S.C., and Sr. Ruth Kett- Rights. Vicki has been outspoken in
Kookoothe, pastor at St. Clarence man, C.S.J., detailed their experi- her opposition to the death penalty
Church in North Olmsted, and Joe ences and showed how the death pen- since her daughter, Shannon, was
D‘Ambrosio. Fr. Neil is trained as an alty hurts people in a personal way. raped and murdered in 1998. She has
attorney and critical care nurse and testified before the U.S. Senate and
serves as a spiritual advisor to a num- Full Reconciliation numerous legislative processes in
ber of inmates on Ohio‘s death row. Fr. Len has been a spiritual advisor to states around the country.
Joe D‘Ambrosio was convicted of men on death row, including Michael Vicki shared about meeting her
killing a 19-year old Cleveland Bueke, who was executed in May daughter‘s murderer. She detailed
Heights man in 1989. His trial was 2010. Before Michael‘s execution, Fr. how families can be ―re-victimized‖ by
one of the shortest capital trials in Len travelled with him on a ―faith the ongoing appeals process and ar-
Ohio since the death penalty was re- journey‖ and celebrated mass with gued that the system doesn‘t bring
instated in 1981. Joe was released in him one hour before his execution. He closure to victims‘ families.
February 2009 after a ruling by a fed- testifies that Michael was fully recon- Kevin Werner, Director, Ohioans
eral judge that prosecutors withheld ciled with God before the end of that to Stop Executions, wrapped up the
ten pieces of evidence that would have journey. conference by describing indications
exonerated Joe. At the conclusion of a Sr. Ruth Kuhn shared a personal that mobilization to end the death
final legal hurdle, Joe will become the situation that involves her niece, who penalty is happening in Ohio: The
sixth death row inmate from Ohio to was murdered in Dayton, leaving be- Chief Justice of the Ohio Supreme
be exonerated. hind small children. Sr. Ruth believes Court has commissioned a study to
in the sanctity of life and worked dili- assess the legal strength of Ohio‘s
A Voice for the Voiceless gently with her family to avoid a death penalty process, and State Rep-
At the conference, Fr. Neil stated that death penalty ruling in this case so resentatives Nickie J. Antonio (D-
we need to heed the Gospel message that the ―peace of God showed Lakewood) and Ted Celeste (D-
and avoid a mentality of fear. Fr. Neil through.‖ Grandview Heights) are working to
believes that we are called to be the abolish the death penalty in Ohio.
―voice of the voiceless,‖ maintaining A Consistent Ethic of Life Ohio currently has 13 executions
that the men and women on death Sr. Ruth Kettman has initiated a scheduled through June 2013. Advo-
row are the most marginalized of soci- working group at St. Monica–St. cates need to raise their voices and
ety. Joe D‘Ambrosio agreed and George Parish that focuses on efforts get involved. For more information on
shared about the isolation and loneli- to abolish the death penalty. Her ending the death penalty, visit the
ness of death row. strategy is threefold: education, col- Catholic Mobilizing Network online:
Joe‘s major activity while impris- laboration, and political action in
oned was to work on appeals to his Ohio. She reiterated Fr. Neil‘s mes- http://catholicsmobilizing.org
case. He is thankful that Fr. Neil sage about approaching this issue
chose to speak for him and that the from a ―consistent ethic‖ of life across
JANUARY 2012 VIBRATIONS PAGE 9
Mr. Z: A Living Saint
Emily Georgopoulos, Grade 7
To me, a living saint is someone who inspires you and sets Z never lies, and obeys the
a good example for how to be a good person. A living saint Golden Rule and God‘s
is someone who encourages you to do your best and chal- Ten Commandments.
lenges you to go above and beyond. A living saint is some- Mr. Z also volunteers
one who volunteers and helps others. My principal, Mr. with our school activities.
Stephen Zinser, otherwise known as Mr. Z, is a living saint During the Walk-A-Thon,
because he does all these things and more. Mr. Z walks with us or
Mr. Z is a living saint because he helps others and is helps mark off the stu-
always there to help us and answer any questions we have. dent‘s mileage. We also do Mr. Zinser was nominated as a
He says that if we say please, he‘ll do anything for us. If an all-year raffle. Each “Living Saint” by seventh-grader
there is a problem on recess, he runs to the situation and week or special day, Mr. Z
helps anyone who is hurt. He asks about the situation and picks a ticket and an-
always solves the problem. nounces the winner on the morning announcements. On
Mr. Z respects everyone, including God, and uses his Track and Field Day, Mr. Z participates in the ―torch pass-
talents for good. He always congratulates students who ing‖ and tells us when to switch activities. Our school also
have done, or are doing, great actions. Mr. Z also sings at has family groups, where each family gets together and
Mass to show one of his talents, but he does not brag about talks about a certain topic and usually does an activity.
any of his talents. Mr. Z puts others before himself, as Mr. Z is a leader for one of the families.
well. He helps others and volunteers. Because of these rea- Mr. Z is a living saint because he models our school
sons, he is an example to all of the students and staff at St. motto for this year: We Believe and Achieve. When he sets
Vivian. his mind to something, he is able to do it. Mr. Z is able to
Another reason Mr. Z is a living saint is because he finish all his work and spend some time with the students.
keeps his faith and uses God for his example of life. He He is a graduate of St. Vivian and he is now the principal.
prays and comes to every school Mass that we have. When He tells us how happy he is to be back.
he does something wrong, he asks for forgiveness. He for- A living saint has many definitions, as do any other
gives us when we do something wrong, too. He also tells words or phrases. Even so, I can only think of one defini-
us, ―Right choice, wrong choice, it‘s always my choice.‖ Mr. tion for this phrase: Mr. Zinser.
St. Vivian Teens Attend Catholic Youth Conference
Photos left to right: Three St. Vivian teens (Taryn Zust, Adam Zust, and Ian Eckart) board the bus to Indianapolis for the National Catho-
lic Youth Conference. Ian poses next to a cut-out of Pope Benedict XVI. The conference, held in Lucas Oil Stadium, featured inspiring
speakers, faith workshops, and Mass with more than 20,000 other Catholic teens from around the country. Photos by Ian Eckart and
PAGE 10 VIBRATIONS JANUARY 2012
I have been in the habit of going out each evening and Seymour was way too young for this to have happened,
morning lately to gaze at the wonder of Jupiter. Have you and I want to help prevent this from happening to anyone
seen it? At the closest points in their orbits, Earth and else‘s pet. So, I am going to write a bit of a public service
Jupiter are about 368 mil- announcement:
lion miles apart. For com-
parison, the sun is about 93 Public Service Announcement #1: ACORNS CAN
million miles from Earth. BE TOXIC TO DOGS. Although we took him to the
This fall, Jupiter has been a vet, and he seemed to rally with fluids and antibiotics,
captivating sight, second in Seymour had ingested enough to succumb to acorn tox-
brightness to the moon. icity. The broader message is this: learn what can be
That bright, glittering, can‘t harmful to your pets. Check with your vet. Ask for a
-take-my-eyes-off-of-it heav- good, reliable, easily accessible resource to information
enly body is reflecting the that can help you keep your pets safe.
light of the sun 460 million Seymour is irreplaceable. He was, is, and always
miles away. will be a one-of-a-kind kind of dog. Still, the companion-
Wow—460 million miles. This started me thinking ship he offered was so important to all of us—Wrigley in-
about our purpose here. As we cycle through our own or- cluded. Soon after Seymour died, Wrigley began looking
bits, are we giving back the Light, too? around for him, and when she couldn‘t find him, she went
The last time you heard from me I wrote about my into a funk like the rest of us. Which leads me to…
son‘s dog, Seymour, and the way he inspired me to be more
conscious—a lot more conscious—of all the things I have to Public Service Announcement #2: WHAT A WON-
be grateful for. The Seymour column began as a simple DERFUL WAY TO FIND A PET!! While there was no
email to a number of very good friends, one of whom asked replacing Seymour, it was apparent that we needed to get
my permission to submit it to Vibrations. I appreciate the another dog. Seymour was a rescue dog that Ken acquired
enthusiastic comments from all who called or emailed to in Chicago. So we went to local rescue organizations to find
let me know how much that article meant to them. Since another dog. The two or-
that time, a very, very, very sad thing has happened. ganizations that presented “Seymour is irreplace-
Seymour, that little dog of boundless gratitude, has us with dogs that best met able. He was, is, and
died. our particular needs were always will be a one-of-
October 16 was a beautiful, bright, blue sky-ed, golden- PAWS (aka People Helping a-kind kind of dog.”
leaved kind of a fall day. I took both dogs, our faithful Ger- Animals) and HART
man Shepherd Wrigley and my son Ken‘s little Seymour, (Homeless Animals Rescue Team). Oreo, the newest mem-
out to the back yard to hang out while I did some clean up. ber of our household, came to us through HART, whose
At one point I looked up, and Seymour was chewing on an mission it is ―to rescue homeless animals, saving them
acorn. (He would do that from time to time.) I pulled it out from euthanization, abandonment, [and] abuse.‖
of his mouth, and instructed him: ―Seymour, don‘t eat the While we ended up finding our new pet at HART,
acorns.‖ Silly of me to think he‘d paid attention. PAWS in Middletown also offered inspirational assistance
We were outside only an hour, but Seymour apparently to us as we searched. I was impressed with the staff‘s dedi-
had quite a feast of acorns when I was not looking. Little cation to giving quality care to lost animals and to insuring
did I know then, acorns can be toxic to dogs. I was aware that animals are placed in good, loving homes, but they
that chocolate was a problem for dogs, and I more recently also provide an additional service by helping people find
learned that grapes can also be harmful, but at the time I the right pet for their families.
didn‘t know acorns could be toxic and even, for Seymour,
fatal if eaten.
JANUARY 2012 VIBRATIONS PAGE 11
Jumpin’ Jupiter (Continued)
Director, Stephanie Michna writes: Jumpin‘ Jupiter!! Earlier this fall, I never would have
imagined the emotional journey we were about to take.
―One of my passions is finding animal companions for First in losing that terrific little Seymour. Then in finding
people who suffer from disabilities; we had a wonderful such a sweet little dog in Oreo. That journey brought us to
little Yorkie mix a few months ago be adopted to a lady the Light that these committed workers—many of them
whose husband was suffering from Alzheimer‘s. She volunteers—bring to animals and people.
had come home one day to find him petting a ceramic A final note: Marilyn of HART, who brought us Oreo,
statue of a dog in their living room. They had recently happens to be a St. Vivian School alumna. Her sister found
lost the family dog to old age and with the complica- Oreo at a pound somewhere near Cleveland where he was
tions of his disease, she was unsure of taking on an about to be euthanized. Marilyn‘s sister rescued and shut-
other pet. When she met ‗Bear‘ she was smitten! She tled him from Cleveland to the Cincinnati HART organiza-
took him home on an overnight trial and her husband tion, where we found him.
immediately bonded with Bear. She formally adopted The commitment of these volunteers! Their work is
Bear the next day and at last check, they were insepa- truly reflecting and spreading the Light. I am so humbled,
rable!‖ and so inspired.
Seventh Graders Hit the Halloween Runway!
St Vivian had its first annual Halloween Fashion Show on
Monday, October 31. Seventh graders put on quite a dis-
play of their creativity and talents in a variety of costumes.
Attending the school assembly were sports figures and
cheerleaders, a lighted robot, a few Spartans (go Roger
Bacon!), some fairies and princesses, Cleopatra, a fancy
sequined lady, and even a plain box. There were so many
great looking models! The fun afternoon was kicked off by
Mrs. Kasper in her witch costume and moderated by Dono-
van Casey and Ravi Tandon. The event was a huge success
and ended with an announcement: the sixth graders get to
do it next year!
Above: Seventh graders model their costumes at the first annual St.
Vivian Halloween Fashion Show.
Left: School faculty join in on the fun.
PAGE 12 VIBRATIONS JANUARY 2012
Reed Joseph Coleman,
son of Joseph Fitzgerald and Andrea Michelle Rother Coleman
William Vincent Ernst,
son of Wesley James and Michelle Lee Rahnfeld Ernst Parishioners!
Brady Kevin McCabe,
son of Kevin Richard and Denise Marie Sensel McCabe Richard and Rebekah Beiting
Clara Katherine Streets,
daughter of Robert James and Jennifer Marie Weaver Streets
Ruth Frances Schwartz, William and Lisa Crawford
daughter of Christopher and Mary Frances Humbert Schwartz Steve Bock and Catie Utz
Simon Alazar Naizghi,
son of Alazar O. and Meskela E. Hamid Naizghi
Macie Mae Crawford,
daughter of William L. and Lisa A. Bock Crawford
Olivia Catherine Utz,
daughter of Steven Perry Bock II and Catherine Lee Utz
Gabriel Alexander Matthews,
son of Christopher Brandon and Keianna Monet Matthews
Kayla Marie Matthews,
daughter of Christopher Brandon and Keianna Monet Matthews
Alice Rosalie Clements,
daughter of Thomas James and Crysta Lee Jensen Clements
Carolyn Jeanne Stephens,
daughter of Mark Paul, Jr and Jeanne Carolyn Schaefer Stephens
Mikayla Marie Baldwin,
daughter of Brad Jeremy and Jennifer Ann Vogerl Baldwin
Richard Betz – July 29 Joseph Geiger – September 30
Milton Partridge – August 9 Paul Keidel – October 12
Edward Knight – August 13 Donald Rutz – November 4
Sandy Hermes – August 14 Carole Gross – November 5
Earl ―Pete‖ Crable – August 14 Thomas Cunningham – November 8
Helen Tonnis – August 16 Robert Bennett – November 8
Francis Goetz – August 16 Tom McManus – November 21
George Hafele – August 29 Peggy Heis – November 21
Ruth Schwartz – August 31 Douglas Vonderhaar Sr. – December 2
Nick Paganelli – September 22 Joseph Murray – December 4
Anna Pater – September 23 John Deller – December 6
JANUARY 2012 VIBRATIONS PAGE 13
The Centennial Barn: Experience the Labyrinth
Maria Meyer, Centennial Barn Staff
Walking a labyrinth is an ancient intentions, and others like to meditate time. It is located to the left of the
spiritual practice that incorporates on a specific word or passage or pray parking lot, next to the grotto and
prayer, meditation, contemplation, repetitively. peace wall. It is open to the public. All
and bodily movement. Perhaps the Whatever your style, you are in- are welcome.
world‘s most famous labyrinth is lo- vited to come walk the labyrinth any-
cated on the floor of the Chartres
Cathedral in France. But you
don‘t need to travel to France to
experience walking a labyrinth,
because there‘s a new one close
to St. Vivian on Compton Road
at the Centennial Barn!
The Centennial labyrinth
was planned, designed, and built
by members of the community at
monthly community meetings
where members determined the
size, location, and choice of mate-
rials. Hartwell resident and
graphic artist Diane Weymier
designed the labyrinth based on
the classical seven-circuit model.
The Centennial labyrinth is 50
feet in diameter, the base and
paths are built out of gravel, and
the ―walls‖ are creek stones
placed handful by handful by
There is no right or wrong
way to walk a labyrinth; how-
ever, if you prefer clear instruc-
tions, there is a laminated article
outside of the Centennial laby-
rinth with suggestions about how
to proceed through the path.
Though it might look like a
maze, the labyrinth has no dead
ends and only one path leading
to the center and back out again.
Many find insight into their
spiritual journeys as they walk.
Some like to clear and quiet their
minds, some like to walk with The Labyrinth is a new prayer feature at the Centennial Barn. Photo by Jeanne Stephens.
prayers of intercession or special
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Men’s Prayer and Faith Sharing Group
In Fr. Paul‘s ―State of the Parish‖ address, he mentioned gin with a song and an opening prayer with petitions. We
that the parish survey pointed out two immediate needs follow that with a reading and discussion of the gospel
expressed by parishioners: Adult Faith from the previous Sunday liturgy‘s
Sharing and Adult Social Opportunities. relevance to our lives today. After
Although I‘m sure our dedicated staff the scripture discussion, we each
and volunteers are currently discerning have the opportunity to share how
new ways to meet those needs, we al- Christ has been working in our lives
ready have several opportunities that through the occurrences of the past
occur regularly, but most people aren‘t two weeks. We close with another
aware of them. song and the Lord‘s Prayer, and we
Since 2001, a group of men has been are usually finished by 9 pm.
meeting every second and fourth Mon- All men of the parish are wel-
day of each month to pray and share our faith. We meet come to join us. Just show up at 7 pm with a willingness to
from 7-9 pm, usually in the Gather Room, and share our share your faith with others. Remember, where two or
faith experiences since our last meeting. more are gathered in His name, He is there!
Although we have no declared format, we usually be-
Play It To Win It Computer Recycling
Submitted by Mac Reid Submitted by Gary Ehling
The 2012 St. Vivian PTA fundraiser, Play It To Win It, Do you have an old computer
kicked off November 4 with an all school assembly. The sitting around? St. Vivian
Play It To Win It Raffle is an opportunity for ticket holders School will recycle it. We can
to win $50 (all cash prizes are paid by check from the St. use your computers, keyboards, printers, etc. for our Tech-
Vivian PTA) every week, plus a chance of winning one of nology Cadaver Lab. All parts will be recycled. Teacher
12 other prizes ranging from $100 to $250 throughout the Gary Ehling will securely destroy your hard drive (Best
year. Anyone buying a ticket is eligible to win again and Buy charges $25 to do so). Funds raised will benefit tech-
again! Tickets are only $10 and make great holiday gifts nology at our school. We can accept only flat screen LCD
for family, friends, and out of town relatives. Tickets are monitors. Other monitors can be recycled at Compton Re-
available from any St. Vivian student, in the school office cycling, 2551 Compton Road, for a charge of $3 each.
or by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The St. Vivian PTA, in addition to providing capital Men’s Retreat at the Jesuit Spiritual Center
improvements to the classrooms, provides funding for Submitted by Tom Miller, Retreat Coordinator
buses for field trips, Windy City Players performances, The men‘s annual retreat at the Jesuit Spiritual Center at
teacher start-up gifts for each new school year, COSI Milford is always a time of grace and blessing. The Infant
events, the Ice Cream Social, Eighth Grade Graduation of Prague/Blessed John XXIII retreat this year will begin
Festivities, Track and Field Day, Faculty Appreciation on Friday, January 20 with a social hour at 5:30 pm and
Dinner, Pumpkin Carving night, PTA General meetings, dinner at 6:30 pm. The event will conclude with lunch on
Faculty Appreciation Luncheon, Walk-A-Thon, Spirit Wear Sunday. The ―Called and Chosen: Our Call to Holiness‖
Sale, Santa/Jingle Bell Shop, Breakfast with Santa, and themed retreat directors will be Fr. Glen Chun, S.J. and
much more. Mr. Jim Riordan, S.J.
Interested men can register by calling Tom Miller at
513-931-8066 or by calling Mary Ellen Fellinger at 513-248
-3500 or go to www.jesuitspiritualcenter.com.
JANUARY 2012 VIBRATIONS PAGE 15
Calling All St. Vivian School Alumni!
Many talented people are proud of the education they re- from each of the rest of the classes to serve as a contact
ceived at St. Vivian School since it first opened in 1948. person for that class. The class contact will help Lynne,
The St. Vivian Alumni first by identifying
Committee like to cele- the names of the
brate that fact annually other people in
by hosting an All- class and finally
Alumni Gathering each by helping secure
summer in the Filip- contact informa-
pine Center. tion.
We can‘t accomplish We plan to use
that goal unless we are Vibrations, Quick-
able to locate and con- lets, local high
tact alumni. Unfortu- schools, local com-
nately, the school and munity press, and
the archdiocese kept parish bulletins
very poor records of throughout the
class lists until re- archdiocese to
cently, so identifying spread the word.
and finding our gradu- That will plant
ates is a daunting task. Seated left to right Alumni Committee members Ann Miller, Jim Meyer, Gerri the seed, but it
We‘d like your help. Meiners. Standing: Diane Maltry and Steve Zinser. Not shown: Linda Klein. will take personal
If you are an alum- contact to achieve
nus, are related to an alumnus, or know an alumnus, success. That‘s why we are asking for your help.
please complete the alumni information form on the parish Please contact every St. Vivian alumnus you know and
website. Not into computers? Call St. Vivian Parish at 728- ask each of them to submit their contact information. The
4331 and ask for Lynne Morris. relationships that are rebuilt and reinvigorated through
Several classes have had reunions in the past two this process make all the effort worthwhile.
years, and we have established at least one person from
these classes as a contact. We need at least one volunteer
Reader’s Corner: St. Vivian Recommends
Uncommon: Finding Your Path to Editor’s Note: Have you read an inspiring or enlighten-
Significance, by Tony Dungy ing book lately? Want to share it with others? Send your
Recommended by Zach Horstman recommendation to Judy Hampel at
email@example.com and it may be featured in the
What does it take to live a life of next Vibrations!
significance? Super Bowl win-
ning Indianapolis Colts coach
Tony Dungy reveals secrets to
achieving significance that he has
learned from his remarkable par-
ents, his athletic and coaching career, his mentors, and
his walk with God.
Calendar of Events for the Parish and School
January February March
1 Solemnity of Mary, 2 Eucharistic Adoration 1 Eucharistic Adoration
the Holy Mother of God 4&5 Monthly Food Collection 2 Stations of the Cross
Holyday of Obligation, 7 First Eucharist Parent 3&4 Monthly Food Collection
New Year‘s Day Meeting 5 Parish Reconciliation Service
2 Parish Office Closed, 12 Donut Sunday, Scout Sunday 9 Fish Fry,
No School 16 Parent-Teacher Conferences Stations of the Cross
3 No School 17 No School 11 Donut Sunday
7&8 Monthly Food Collection, 18 Market Day Pick-Up 14 Taize Prayer Service
Little Sisters of the Poor 20 Presidents‘ Day, 16 Fish Fry,
Collection, Parish Office Closed, Stations of the Cross
8 Donut Sunday No School 17 Market Day Pick-Up,
16 Martin Luther King Jr. 21 Baptismal Preparation St. Patrick‘s Day Party &
Day, Parish Office Closed, Workshop Show
No School 22 Ash Wednesday 19 PPC & Education
17 Baptismal Preparation 23 Child Protection Decree Commission Evening of
Workshop 24 Stations of the Cross Discernment
21 Market Day Pick-Up 26 Discernment Sunday 20 Baptismal Preparation
22 Respect Life Prayer Vigil Workshop
28 & 29 St. Vincent de Paul Fifth 22 Child Protection Decree
Sunday Collection 23 Fish Fry,
29 Catholic Schools Week Stations of the Cross
School Open House 30 Fish Fry,
Living Stations of the Cross
Monthly Food Collection
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