his spring we will celebrate the 150th year of Catholic Secondary Education in the Greater Peoria area. This coming year also marks the 25th anniversary of Peoria Notre Dame. Following are some of the events planned to celebrate this exciting achievement.
If you are a graduate, please be sure your alumni information is up to date so you do not miss out on the many activities we have planned. Contact Sharon Abraham, Alumni Coordinator and Events Planner, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (309) 691-9531 to update your alumni profile. Sharon can also help you if you are interested in organizing a class reunion or have questions about events.
We invite all alumni artists to participate in the first annual alumni art show. Selected works will be displayed at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Reception on June 22 and then moved to the Spalding Pastoral Center Museum. Click here for additional information about the art show or contact Mrs. Maggie Off (email@example.com). Deadline to submit work is April 1, 2013.
Yard signs celebrating the 150th Anniversary will be distributed through all area parishes in mid-March. Spirit wear with the 150th logo will be available at most events, as well as online and through the school.
Thank you for your support of our school throughout the years. Please join us for the many events of this very sesquicentennial celebration.
In His Name celebrates those who built Catholic Secondary Education in Central Illinois over the past 150 years. The fifty-minute video premieres this summer as part of our sesquicentennial observance. Click the thumbnail to the left for a two-minute preview.
150th Anniversary Committee
Msgr. Charles Beebe firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Debbie Benz email@example.com
Dr. Peter Couri firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Timothy Cundiff email@example.com
Ms. Pat Kellogg firstname.lastname@example.org
Msgr. Mark Merdian email@example.com
Mrs. Maggie Off firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Sharbel Rantisi email@example.com
Brig Gen (Ret) Frank Rezac firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Anne Marie Roten email@example.com
Mr. Charlie Roy firstname.lastname@example.org
Sr. Margaret Schulz email@example.com
Ms. Elizabeth Smarjesse Lankton firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENTS FOR 150TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION YEAR
ALL-SCHOOL MASS & RECEPTION, April 19, 2013
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Peoria Notre Dame Gymnasium/Spalding Pastoral Center
Coordinators: Sr. Margaret Schulz, Pat Kellogg, Msgr. Merdian, Charlie Roy, Susie Cicciarelli, Tim Irwin, Sharon Abraham
An all-school Mass for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet and visitors will be held at Peoria Notre Dame High School at 9:30 AM. A luncheon will be held at the Spalding Center following Mass. To reserve a table or seat for the luncheon, please contact Sharon Abraham.
PEORIA NOTRE DAME ALL SCHOOL ALUMNI REUNION, April 19,2013
Time: 6:00 pm – midnight
Location: Peoria Notre Dame High School Commons/Gymnasium
Coordinators: Tim Cundiff, Sharbel Rantisi, Charlie Roy, Susie Cicciarelli, Tim Irwin
All of the graduates of Peoria Notre Dame High School are invited to celebrate our twenty-fifth anniversary. Catch up with old friends as you enjoy “Chicken Thursday” served from 6:00-8:00 pm, followed by a night of music and memories. Cost for the night is only $20 (before April 5) or $25 at the door and it includes the meal, 2 drinks, and door prizes. A cash bar will be available. Contact Sharon Abraham (email@example.com) to RSVP, or visit the event page on Facebook.
FULTON SHEEN DAY, May 10, 2013
Time: 9:30 am
Location: Peoria Notre Dame High School
Coordinators: Msgr. Merdian, Sharon Abraham
The day will begin with an all-school Mass followed by a presentation of a special award to Msgr. Stanley Deptula. Father Deptula will speak to all the students, faculty and staff about the Venerable Fulton Sheen.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION DAY, May 16, 2013
Time: All Day
Location: Peoria Notre Dame High School
Coordinators: Charlie Roy, Susie Cicciarelli, Tim Irwin, Sharon Abraham
Students will celebrate the day in many ways, including a BBQ lunch and activities and competitions in the afternoon.
RIVER BOAT CRUISE, June 21, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm (2 hour tour, 1 hour on dock)
Location: Peoria River Front, 100 NE Water Street
Coordinators: Sharbel Rantisi, Tim Cundiff
Take in the beautiful Peoria skyline during an evening river boat cruise with alumni from Academy, Spalding, Bergan, and PND. Tickets are only $35 but are limited to 100. Cost includes exclusive use of the river boat during the cruise and heavy hors d’oeuvres (cash bar will be available). Please contact Sharon Abraham for reservations.
PEORIA MUSEUM RECEPTION/ALUMNI ART SHOW PRESENTATION, June 22, 2013
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Location: Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington Street
Coordinator: Tim Cundiff, Sharbel Rantisi, Anne Marie Roten, Maggie Off
All Academy, Bergan, Spalding and PND alumni are invited to explore one of the newest gems in Downtown Peoria during a private reception at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Alumni are invited to participate in the art show. Ticket price is $40 and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by Cracked Pepper, private reception and the use of all galleries, the planetarium and parking garage. Come take a walk back in time through Peoria’s History in “The Street” Gallery or test your skills and knowledge in the IHSA Peak Performance Center. Plus enjoy a video by Tim Irwin celebrating 150 Years of Catholic Secondary Education playing in the Dome Planetarium. A cash bar will be available. Reserve your ticket through Sharon Abraham. Graduates who wish to enter art into the show should contact Mrs. Maggie Off (firstname.lastname@example.org).
PEORIA CHIEFS BASEBALL GAME, July 27, 2013
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Peoria Chiefs Stadium, Peoria
Coordinators: Frank Rezac, Susie Cicciarelli
Cheer on the Peoria Chiefs as they take on Kane County Cougars during an evening game at Peoria Chiefs Stadium concluding with an array of fireworks! Sections of seats have been reserved and tickets may be ordered online at www.peoriachiefs.com. (Click on tickets; buy tickets now; go to July 27, 2013 on calendar; click on Kane County Cougars; when special offer code appears type in CATH150; click submit; complete the information on the screen for number of tickets.) You may also contact Sharon Abraham at PND to purchase your ticket(s). Cost of one ticket is $8.00 and includes entrance to the game. Tickets cost $10.00 at the door. It will be a special night with recognition of the different schools and other surprises.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION SPEAKER, August 2013
We are exploring the possibilities of bringing a special speaker to Peoria Notre Dame in August of 2013.
FOOTBALL GAME, August 30, 2013
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Peoria Stadium
Coordinator: Charlie Roy
Cheer on your alma mater as the PND Fighting Irish take on long standing rival Richwoods Knights. Be sure to wear your favorite spirit wear!
MASS & RECEPTION, August 31, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: St. Mary’s Cathedral/Spalding Pastoral Center
Coordinator: Msgr. Merdian, Msgr. Beebe, Sr. Margaret Schulz, Sharon Abraham
Honor our past and celebrate our future together as the 150th Anniversary Celebration comes to a conclusion. Unite in thanksgiving for the gift of Catholic Education during Holy Mass at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in the Diocese of Peoria. A reception, catered by Coyote Creek, will be held immediately afterwards at the Sheen Center. The top art displays from the alumni art show as well as from current students will be available for viewing in the diocesan museum. The Fulton Sheen Museum will also be open. Please RSVP for Mass and reception to Sharon Abraham.