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Friday, March 13, 2015
As I clean out the last of my mother's SMC memory box I am filled with such sweet memories of my own. There are class lists, pictures, letters and the high school handbook (mimeographed of course) from 1964. I was 13 years old - only in 7th grade at the time.
As I browsed through it (one reason going through this box of memories has taken me two weeks) I was filled with pride to see the explanation of our team name, symbol and colors. There are so many people that want the Indian Tribe names to be discontinued from use at the many colleges that I think the explanations have been lost. Central Michigan University still uses the Chippewas with full support from the local Tribal Council. That is because the University has classes about the Chippewas and uses the team name with pride and history behind it. St. Mary Cathedral had that same pride.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE
Every Friday Night
July 11- August 15, 2014 5:30-9 p.m.
Directions to Morley Plaza, Downtown...
Morley Plaza is the park between the Temple Theatre and First Merit (formally Citizens) Bank. For directions, please use the address: 101 N. Washington, Saginaw, MI 48607
It will be the Oldies Night
Featuring: Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies
Josh Ramses Band
By Now you should have received your invitation to the
August 9, 2014, All Class Reunion!
If you have not - contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I will send one out to you.
Class of 54, Kay Eckerman Snyder sent this picture.
If you have a Friends Forever picture send it to me to post here.
See you in August!
Sunday, October 30, 2011
Mr. James Kraemer was one of our favorite teachers. He was a science teacher. His son, Michael, sent this picture. Michael's prom was at the Bavarian Inn in 1971 where he and his dad found a piano in the hallway and began an impromptu duet. Also in the background is Jerry Witchger with his ever present camera.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, June 25, 1961
At last I am getting to the point where I can attempt the message that should have reached you long ago, and yet, now that I do attempt it, what can I say except that there do be times when words are totally inadequate to express what one thinks and feels, and this is one of them. You have overwhelmed me with gifts and kindnesses; you have more than cooperated in every venture initiated by either grade or high school; you have shown an intelligent and ardent interest in everything that concerned the school of the future as well as of today; you have spared yourselves no effort, no sacrifice, no hard work, to be present and active whenever there was anything to be done. What more could any school administration ask? I only hope that my successor will realize right from the first what a treasure of support she has to call on in your organization.
The financial assistance rendered to the school has been no small consideration; yet more important to me has been the spirit in which the help has been given: what the school, the Sisters, or the children needed, that they will have. You knew we could not always be right, yet you accepted our suggestions and acceded to our requests. All this, in an atmosphere of friendly though spirited discussion of all phases of education and our concerns about children.
The Home and School Association has been one of the brightest spots in my six years at St. Mary’s. All I can say now is “Thanks!” and “Carry on!”
Sister M. James O.P.
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Friday, May 28, 2010
Carol Ann Dankers Creswell sent in the picture above - listed with her picture were the following names:
M.L. Bray, Larry Hendricks, Barb Socier, Tony Kolleth, M. Ecarius, Janet Reimer, J. Kratz, Mike Green, Mary Green, Karen Keating, Jeanette Sonefeld, "TEACHER" Carol Dankers, Terry McInerney, Lloyd Bishop, Jack Kocks, Nanette DeRosia, Mike Ryan.
Along with an email to my brother Jim she sent some memories of the High School baccalaureate breakfast of 1954.
The song they sang follows:
FROM THE HALLWAYS OF CATHEDRAL HIGH, WE SAY FAREWELL
AND WE’LL REMINISCE THROUGHOUT THE YEARS, AND HER PRAISES TELL
AND AS WE PART TODAY, CLASS OF FIFTY FOUR….
KEEP HER MEM’RIES EVER IN YOUR HEART, NOW AND EVERMORE.
On that 1954 Baccalaureate breakfast day, she said she gave a recitation, and it’s still crystal clear:
THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER’S HAND
T’WAS BATTERED AND SCARRED, AND THE AUCTIONEER
THOUGHT IT SCARCELY WORTH HIS WHILE
TO WASTE MUCH TIME ON THE OLD VIOLIN,
BUT HE HELD IT UP WITH A SMILE.
‘WHAT AM I BIDDEN, GOOD FOLKS?
‘WHO’LL START THE BIDDING FOR ME?
‘A DOLLAR? A DOLLAR? NOW TWO? ONLY TWO?
‘TWO DOLLARS. AND WHO’LL MAKE IT THREE?
‘GOING ONCE, GOING TWICE, GOING FOR THREE’,,BUT NO!
FROM THE ROOM FAR BACK A GRAY HAIRED MAN CAME FORWARD,
AND PICKED UP THE BOW.
THEN, WIPING THE DUST FROM THE OLD VIOLIN,
AND TIGHTENING UP ALL OF ITS STRINGS,
HE PLAYED A MELODY, PURE AND SWEET,
AS SWEET AS AN ANGEL SINGS.
THE MUSIC CEASED, AND THE AUCTIONEER,
IN A VOICE THAT WAS QUIET AND LOW, SAID
‘WHAT AM I BID FOR THIS OLD VIOLIN?’
AND HE HELD IT UP WITH THE BOW.
‘A THOUSAND DOLLARS! AND WHO’LL MAKE IT TWO?
‘TWO THOUSAND! AND WHO’LL MAKE IT THREE?
‘THREE THOUSAND ONCE, THREE THOUSAND TWICE,
‘AND GOING…AND GONE!’ SAID HE.
THE PEOPLE CHEERED, BUT SOME OF THEM SAID,
‘WE DO NOT QUITE UNDERSTAND.
‘WHAT CHANGED ITS WORTH?’ THE MAN REPLIED,
‘THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER’S HAND.’
AND MANY A PERSON WITH LIFE OUT OF TUNE,
AND BATTERED AND TORN WITH SIN
IS AUCTIONED CHEAP TO A THOUGHTLESS CROWD,
MUCH LIKE THE OLD VIOLIN.
A MESS OF POTTAGE, A GLASS OF WINE,
A GAME, AND THEY TRAVEL ON..
THEY’RE GOING ONCE, THEY’RE GOING TWICE,
THEY’RE GOING AND ALMOST GONE…
BUT THE MASTER COMES AND THE FOOLISH CROWD
NEVER CAN QUITE UNDERSTAND
THE WORTH OF A SOUL AND THE CHANGE THAT’S WROUGHT
BY THE TOUCH OF THE MASTER’S HAND
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
I remember going for my class picture at Bosch Studio on Hamilton Street. It was a very formal event - we sat straight on the stool in a few different poses. We couldn't wait to get those pictures back to exchange the wallet sized ones with our friends and of course both Grandma Brandi and Grandma Shea needed a 5x7 and Mom wanted the 8x10.
Flash forward to my daughters' picture days. There was nothing formal about it. I can truthfully say that both those days were favorite memories. They each had four outfits to change into - 45 photos were taken inside and outside. By a barn door, sitting on a rock, all dressed up standing by a column.
Flash forward to grandchildren - they now get everything on a CD - lots of pictures to choose from - they can print off any extras they want.
Even though the technology has changed - the way you feel that you have "come of age" that graduation is just around the corner. That you really are going out into the world. It is a rite of passage. One that is time honored and appreciated by all.
Monday, December 1, 2008
Strangers in the Box
Come, look with me inside this drawer,
In this box I've often seen,
At the pictures, black and white,
Faces proud, still, serene.
I wish I knew the people,
These strangers in the box,
Their names and all their memories
Are lost among my socks.
I wonder what their lives were like.
How did they spend their days?
What about their special times?
I'll never know their ways.
If only someone had taken time
To tell who, what, where, when,
These faces of my heritage
Would come to life again.
Could this become the fate
Of the pictures we take today?
The faces and the memories
Someday to be tossed away?
Make time to save your pictures,
Seize the opportunity when it knocks,
Or someday you and yours could be
The strangers in the box.
© 1997 by Pamela A. Harazim
In 1997, I authored the poem titled, "Strangers in the Box." At the
time I was teaching scrapbooking classes, and used the poem in my
presentations. I have found it in so many places, printed as "author
unknown," but I am trying to correct this and ask that you credit me.
I originally wrote the poem when my mother had dementia, and I realized
that the stories she loved to tell me about her youth and her family
were locked inside her, and I didn't remember them like I was so sure I
always would. Hence, the box of strangers. I have few stories of
family before my grandparents--I need to do some genealogy hunting for
Feel free to include my email address, in case anyone has any questions.
East Hampton, CT
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
If your class will be having a reunion - why not make it the ALL CLASS REUNION? Or if your class isn't having a reunion one of those years - and you have that St. Mary Cathedral High School Class Spirit and you feel the urge to volunteer. Or if you just had a great time and want to help out with the next one......
Call or email Jim Shea today!
Friday, September 5, 2008
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
This was a note from the oldest known classmate of 1923 - Flora M. Ewald. She sent her best wishes for the reunion - it was read to everyone in attendance. I sent her a note thanking her and telling her we all sent our best wishes back to her.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
The reunion was held at Horizons Conference Center in Saginaw. The banquet center was a beautiful facility and the room was set for 865 people. Everything went so smoothly and it was an exciting fun evening.
Jim Storey and Jim Shea headed the program and Bishop Carlson was the guest speaker.
There were several interesting items:
We had reservations for 864 people (graduates, spouses, teachers, clergy, etc) and 576 of them were graduates of St. Mary Cathedral High School.
They came representing residences in 29 states. We used Google map from doorstep of St. Mary’s at 615 Hoyt Street to the address listed in our master roster. So this distance is not as the “crow flies.”
Richard & Leslie Mikulich – Class of 1966 from Santa Rosa, CA 2439 miles! Rich and Leslie received a bottle of champagne. And close runner up was Howard Korth – Class of 1937 from Piedmont, CA 2415 miles!
Louise Becker LaVere – class of 1933 was the oldest attendee. Louise also received a bottle of champagne again a close second was Howard Korth – class of 1937
The most graduates attending from a Class were 26 from the Class of 1968.
A BIG Thank You
Reunion Committee: Stella Thelen and Jim Shea – co-chairs
Committee members: Ann Kerns Shea, Carol Newas Moody, Jim Keyes, Mary Ellen Shea Clifford, and Cindy Shea.
St. Mary Cathedral Staff - Past and present - for help with printing, postage, fielding phone calls, mail, etc.
The Diocese of Saginaw for providing the souvenir bricks that graduates received.
And last, but certainly not least, to those who participated in providing our Catholic education at St. Mary’s. Pastors, sisters, teachers, coaches
Monetary Donations Made To Our Reunion
Denny Troester – Class of 1953
Arlene Coty Holtman – Class of 51
John & Mary Beth Looby – Class of 70
Carol & Claude Creswell – Class of 54
Steve Dise – who provided the video of the school building.
The Labarum Staffs through the years. Without those precious history books from each graduation year, so much of the documentation of our heritage would be lost!
The reunion began with a liturgy at the Cathedral. Bishop Carlson presided. As the liturgy began, I thought about the many times we celebrated Mass together when we attended St. Mary High School and how so many of us found classmates to sit with at this liturgy - the bonds that began so many years ago were so evident last night.
The picture above was taken from the balcony at Communion. I realized how many decades of classes these people represented - all joining together to thank God for the blessings we have had in our lives; including the experiences we had at a great school with good teachers.
It was a good way to begin our 2nd St. Mary High School All Class Reunion.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
This blog will continue - don't forget we are still looking for some of the yearbooks. (Listed on the left side of the blog.)
Continue to log on - sign up and make comments - and I'm looking forward to seeing you tonight.
Click on the link below to read the article at the SAGINAW NEWS section of MLIVE.com.
An article in the Saginaw News this morning reports there will be an exhibit honoring the diocese's five bishops from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the basement of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw, 5800 Weiss in Saginaw Township.
Jim Shea and Stella Mudd Thelen co-chairs
Ann Kerns Shea
Carol Newas Moody
Cindy Shea (Jim's Wife)
I am Mary Ellen Shea Clifford, Class of 1970, and I have offered to monitor the blog. This will be a place for memories, posting information about the reunion, asking if you have addresses for people we are still looking for to contact, etc. Have fun looking back on articles from different years - catching up with friends - keeping informed on the activities for the 2nd All Class Reunion.
Is there something special you remember about St. Mary's? Do you have a picture you want posted? Scan it and send it to Mary Ellen. email@example.com
So - welcome - we look forward to hearing from you!
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
ALL FROM ONE FAMILY - "A typical Saginaw St. Mary Cathedral family" is Msgr. Eugene A. Forbes' tongue-in-cheek evaluation of these 10 Wizner children who are scattered from the first through the 12th grades at St. Mary school this year. Above Msgr. Forbes welcomes five-year-old first grader Marion on opening day. Others in order of age and height are John, 18 and Kathy 17, both seniors; Mary 16, a junior; David 15 a sophomore; Noreen 13, 8th grade; Ruth 11, 6th grade; Joseph 10, 5th grade; Nanette 9, 4th grade; and Cheryl 7, 2nd grade. Still at home are Christopher 4, Suzanne 3, and Michael, one month. The 13 are children of Mr. and Mrs. John Wizner, 1418 Crapo, Saginaw.
This picture was in the Catholic Weekly dated 9/10/65 and the Detroit Free Press dated 9/18/65.
Monday, August 4, 2008
THIS IS A 5TH GRADE BOYTOWN PICTURE OF THE CLASS OF 1955.
TOP ROW LEFT TO RIGHT--MIKE GREEN, MIKE HARDEN, JOHN PENDELL, CLARENCE WEISENBERG, JIM ROCCHIO, DICK ALONSKI.
BOTTOM ROW LEFT TO RIGHT -- TOM SCHULTZ, FRANK DECORTE, TERRY WARD, JOHN NICKODEMUS,TERRY MCINERNEY, TOM NIKODEMUS
PICTURE SUBMITTED BY TERRY MCINERNEY
Monday, July 28, 2008
Class of 1970
B A C C A L A U R E A T E
St. Mary Cathedral High School
June 7, 1970
Baccalaureate Mass 9:15 A.M.
Breakfast - Cathedral Auditorium
Blessing - Rt. Rev. Msgr. Eugene Forbes, J.C.D.
Salutatory - Laura Hendrick
Musical Selection - Cathedral Chorale Accompanist, Susan Siers
Presentation of Honors - Monsignor Forbes
CIVITAN Presentation - Mr. Thaxton Schneider
Address - Mr. Howard G. Sheltraw, Director of City Planning
Class President's Address - Paul Slaggert
Valedictory - Susan M. Siers
"The Bells of St. Mary's" - The Graduates
Master of Ceremonies - Anne Marie Witchger, Student Council President
Acknowledgement, St. Mary's PTA
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
In the 70's the Cathedral Courier was filled with stories, information and drawings. In this particluar issue:
Fr. Kenneth Yaroch was named new assistant - an article was written by Paul Slaggert
The Honor Roll was listed
A Festival of One-Act plays were to be held
14 Seniors achieved semifinalist scores on the Michigan Competitive Scholarship Exam
Mrs. Joanne Marquez joined the faculty teaching History
The Diocesan Representative, Sr. Agnes Clare, visited the school
Actor Sebastian Cabot visited Saginaw and an article was written by Georgeann Kilts
Kathy Wynes wrote about turning in car keys to the office every day and an article about Seniors attending a "Day of Renewal" with songwriter Sebastian Temple.
Tom Zummer had several drawings
Mary Beth Sowulewski had drawings
Paul Slaggert wrote about new assistant-Fr. Charles Klinshirn
Kerry Shea wrote about the Juniors Dance
An article about the ski club traveling to Caberfae at Cadillac with Fr. Bala
Mike Clark wrote an article about sports.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
I remember in the 70's going to the bingo's with my Mom. I even won $200 one time! The workers were a group of very dedicated parishioners. A few of them are in the picture above (I assume my brother Jim took this picture because he was always working the bingos!)
Back Row; L to R: Terry Ewing, Bob Symons, Joe Powe, Dave Estrada
Front Row; L to R: Ed O'Brien, Jim Sullivan, Stan Krajkowski, George Thelen
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Top: Junior Varsity Basketball Team
Standing: Manager Angie Powe, Assistant Coach Kim Krajkowski, Lori Stoll, Sharon Banasek, Julia Dilas, Adrian Bell, Yolanda Davis, Jackie Floyd, Coach Cyd GaffieldSitting: Kathy Frost, Olivia Soto, Vercie Morris, Chrissy Watkins, Barb Bailie, Beth Witchger, Lisa Carelli
Middle Left: The referee recoils as Beth Witchger goes against an Ubly defender for the jump.
Middle Right: Raiders start another game with a tip won by Marquietta Davis.
Bottom: Varsity Basketball Team
Front: F. Ray, K. Sullivan, J. Colcher, P. Schaeffer, L. SmithBack: Coach K. Krajkowski, M. Meatte, C. Scott, M. Davis, C. Dugan, Mgrs.: T. Schreiber and D. Symons