School News – November 15, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
St. Helen Fall Extravaganza
It's that time of the year when St. Helen School will celebrate it's 50-plus years of Catholic education with their annual Fall Extravaganza on Nov. 17. This year its theme is "Joyful Noise" with chords and cadences of music and harmonies abounding. It will be held again this year at LaMalfa Party Center in Mentor from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and will include a reverse raffle with a chance to win $2,500, an elaborate buffet dinner that includes appetizers, dinner and dessert, an open bar, live music, and live, silent and Chinese auctions. Burton resident Mark Nolan from WMJI 105.7 will return to be the special celebrity guest and master of ceremony.
The main event sponsors include Junction Auto Family, Mangia, Mangia, Preston Superstore, Legacy Roofing, Fairmount Minerals, Burton Scot Contractors, Great Lakes Outdoor in Middlefield, and many other Geauga businesses and families.
The focus of the event is on the creation of an enrichment center that will benefit many people in our church and Geauga County community as a means of sharing the arts and spiritual enrichment. The site is the former St. Helen Church, which began over a hundred years ago as a dairy barn until the church remodeled it in 1949. The church became too small for Newbury and the surrounding areas to worship, so a beautiful new church was dedicated in 2008. The former church is now used for school groups such as the after care enrichment program, the dance ensemble, instrumental and vocal music classes, and spiritual enrichment with men and women's renewals, R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults), Jesus Day, Confirmation Retreat, marriage course and sacramental parent meetings.
Although the building is still structurally sound, it can use some face-lifts such as roof patching, washing and painting of walls and new flooring. The building retains its original beauty with the stained glass windows and a barn-like structure that is very appealing to the rural area community.
The Fall Extravaganza is a great time to ask everyone to help us refresh and refurbish this well-used space so that hundreds of children and adults can make the best use of it for the arts and for spiritual enrichment. We envision using this space into the next decade as a multiuse area that can enrich and evangelize the lives of those we reach through our programs.
For more information about the St. Helen Enrichment Center, or to join us to make a "Joyful Noise" at this year's Fall Extravaganza, call 440-564-7125. As in the past, the event is expected to sell out.