Sesquicentennial Celebration

150 Years of St. Mary's Visitation Parish

Overview:

The 150 year celebratory committee's goal is to develop and plan an event that glorifies God by giving thanks to him and our founding families for 150 years of blessings at this historical milestone.  This event should include all current and past members of our parish community.

Parish History:

The parish history has been published in the book, Their Faith Lives On: Saint Mary's Visitation Parish Histories.  Copies can be purchased at the parish office.

The parish started in 1866 with Rev. William Herwig as the first official pastor in New Salem, Michigan.

Family Parish/School Census:

The committee is looking to contact as many current and former members of the parish and school to include in the Sesquicentennial Celebration activities.  Forms are located in the pews at church, at both entrances, and at the link below.  

Census Form

Census forms can be returned at both entrances in church or emailed to smv150th@gmail.com 

Family Stories:

Parish

The committee is looking to share stories and connections to our parish history.  If you would like to share your family's story and connection to the parish please contact by email smv150th@gmail.com or by phone.  

Chris/Denise Stephens 616-878-3105
Diane Jones 616-896-6867

School

The committee is also looking to share stories and connections to our parish school and alumni.  If you would like to share your family's story and connection to the school please contact by email smv150th@gmail.com or by phone.  

Chris/Denise Stephens 616-878-3105
Diane Jones 616-896-6867

Donations:

Donations are strongly encouraged.  Details on what the donations will be used for and how to make your donation still to come.  

Meeting Notes:

The 150 year celebratory committee meets twice a month dates can be found in the bulletin you are welcome to attend.  

May 26, 2015                                                     March 7, 2016

June 9, 2015                                                    March 22, 2016

June 30, 2015                                                    April 5, 2016

July 21, 2015                                                 April 19,2016

August 4, 2015                                                 May 3, 2016

August 18, 2015                                                 May 24, 2016

September 1, 2015

  Sept. 15, 2015

October, 13, 2015

November 3, 2015

November 17, 2015

December 15, 2015

January 18, 2016

January 26, 2016

February 2, 2016

Comments/Suggestions:

Comments and suggestions for celebration events are greatly appreciated.  Please attend the committee meetings (dates listed in the bulletin) and share your ideas.  Suggestions can also be emailed to smv150th@gmail.com

Committee Members:

Fr. Steven Rodrigo
Chris Stephens
Denise Stephens
Diane Jones
Sandy Gill
Les Myers
Maxine Myers
Jim Pitsch
Gerald Williams
Theresa Williams
Kristen Rewa
Gerry Humphrey

 

Announcements

150th Anniversary Celebration in Song

Please join us on June 12, 2016 at 3:00