Saturday, January 13, 2018
A Post from Dennis Andrews
Happy New Year fellow Red Raiders!
I hope you all are doing well. I am working on our All-Class Reunion which is planned for August 11, 2018. I just got off the phone with Horizons Conference Center and this years event will take place there once again.
My wife Molly ('82) and I are now in the process of updating the list from the 2014 Reunion and are looking for any additions/subtractions or updated information for our list. The easiest way would be to email anything that you have to me at:
We are also looking for some volunteers for mailings, contact information, etc. So if you are willing to help, please email us as well or with any questions that you may have.
August will be here before we know it, so any help would be greatly appreciated.
RAIDERS FOR LIFE!!!
Friday, January 5, 2018
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Saturday, August 8, 2015
Sunday, August 2, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
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 email@example.com
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.