Run-a-thon Returns for Easter

As the year moves swiftly by, the time for the Flying Pig Marathon quickly approaches and we are now just one month away from the deadline to register online for the Flying Pig and use our discount code. So, don’t delay!

For those of you who will not be able to attend the Flying Pig events, we have a very special Run-a-Thon planned for this year. Instead of simply tabulating the training miles you will be running in the month leading up to the marathon, we are going to incorporate the joy of the Easter season into our running! So, this year’s Run-a-thon will cover the entire 50 days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost during which, with the Church, we will celebrate the new life gained for us by the suffering, dying, and rising of Jesus Christ. We will share that life with those for whom we will run and we will reach for a lofty goal!

In 50 days, it is our goal to run 5000 miles. Of course, if we add this up, that is a mere 100 miles per day for the entire team of runners. That is an achievable goal and one that we hope to find great support for as we have in our previous three years.

So, go to our team page and register for the Run-a-thon and let us know how many miles you intend to run (or walk) in those 50 days. We will collect those names, put them into an online pledge form and send you the link on Easter Day that you can forward to all your friends and family. I look forward to running with you and spreading the good news of Christ’s resurrection!

Two Fundraising Opportunities

Lent has just begun and we here in Cincinnati have suddenly been hit with that “awful” winter that had been so loudly predicted back in November. We made it through December and January and most of February before it hit us here, but it seems it was at the absolute best time. We get to spend time with our families with many opportunities to offer pray together, offer sacrifice together and generally get Lent off on the right foot.

Additionally, it has given us opportunities to look for ways to give alms as a family and Run for the Call is giving your family two great ways to do that with fundraising events coming up in the month of March.

Spaghetti Dinner flyer picOn Saturday, March 21, the Sidney/St. Mary’s Serra Club is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner to support our seminarians through Run for the Call. This dinner will take place from 5-7pm at the Russia Catholic War Veterans Hall (located at 2444 Kelch Rd. Russia, Oh 45363). Donations for the cost of dinner and to support our seminarians will be taken at the door.

For those in Cincinnati, on Saturday, March 28th, the 4th Annual Young Adult Square Dance will be held at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish in Liberty Township. This dance, which runs from 7-11pm, will feature live square dance caller Zeke Regula (a crowd favorite) every hour and DJ filling in the gaps all night long. The cost for this event is $8/person (which covers the cost of food and refreshments) and will also offer other opportunities to support the seminarians throughout the night.

Both of these events are popular events with great opportunities to offer alms to support those who may one day serve our Archdiocese as priests.

A Pack of Running Disciples

after raceOver the past three years, Run for the Call has consistently grown and developed. We humbly began our work thinking almost entirely of the financial benefit we could give our seminarians who need extra assistance in paying for the tuition costs of a seminary education. As more people got on board with the efforts, however, we realized just how shortsighted that focus was and just how great of an opportunity we had unwittingly created.

The truth is running is something that speaks to the core of so many people across all levels of faith and backgrounds.

“-The reason we race isn’t so much to beat each other but to be with each other.
-The Hopis consider running a form of prayer; they offer every step as a sacrifice to a loved one, and in return ask the Great Spirit to match their strength with some of his own.”
― Christopher McDougallBorn to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen

ah-ha-momentInterestingly enough, I found the above quote to be more than just true, it was a revelation. In fact, it was a resonation of something we sort of realized early on but didn’t make a central tenant of all that we are doing here. We race to be with each other, whether that is in mind, body or spirit. We run because, in our running, we make a connection with our fellow man in a way not so easily found in our every day lives. Our running becomes a form of prayer and all we want to do is pray more. We want to keep offering that sacrifice on behalf of so many people in our lives and specifically (for our group) our seminarians. We run out of love and in turn we learn to love more! 

That is the challenge our team expects to call all runners to. Like every other part of the world, there are runners all over this Archdiocese. Most of them are out running on their own, on their own schedule, doing what they can, but  what training runwould it look like if those runners started coming together on a regular basis to become a running group? What would it look like if those runners, in those running groups, started challenging each other to become better runners and in so doing, perhaps even to become better people simply by running together?  What would it look like if each group of runners made each other committed to running, to praying for someone in need and then that prayer eventually turned into action to help those in need? What if in the course of becoming better individuals those runners also became better Christians? And what if, in the midst of all that helping and praying, that group suddenly found itself ready for even bigger and better things? Things that would change the way their parishes and communities would look for any foreseeable future?! You know what that would look like? That would look like a pack of running disciples! And that is what Run for the Call is looking to accomplish through you!

Make DisciplesStarting today, we want you to do nothing different than what you were doing, but instead of you running with your headphones on, we want you to be on the look out for fellow runners. Start looking to build your team. As you do, ask God to help you find those team members. Ask him to show you the opportunities to build your team. Then, as your team develops, continue to pray for the grace to lead these fellow runners down the path God is calling your group to go. Then, get ready for the run of your lifetime!

I am Out of Shape

I don’t know about the rest of you, but just last week, I attempted to climb the 16 flights of steps to my office because the elevators were down and, man, I was winded! I knew it had been a while since I last worked out or run any long distance, but just going up to my 8th floor office on the steps took me about 4 minutes to climb and about 10 minutes to recover it seemed!

Of course, that got me thinking about Run for the Call and that we just haven’t been doing much recently. So, I think it’s high time we kick this thing in gear! If you missed the early bird deadline for signing up for the Flying Pig or you just want to take part in your natural desire to run help others, join our team and help us to support our seminarians both financially and spiritually in their journey toward the priesthood.

Sign up today and in the coming weeks, be on the look out for more opportunities to support our seminarians through running, training and chasing after your own vocation!

Benefit Concert Recap: What a Night!!

IMG_0275The crowd was small for our first ever Run for the Call Benefit Concert, but that didn’t stop the duo of Danny and Japes from getting the night started right, with energy and enthusiasm that drew the kids out to the dance floor from the first beat! And from that point on the fun didn’t stop (and neither did the kids)!

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Easter Rising Band (Danny and Japes can be seen in the background as well)

All around the Meyer Center people were laughing, and dancing and playing and clapping along to the sounds of Irish music provided by one of the best Irish music duos many had ever heard and it only escalated when Easter Rising joined the stage!

Sometime in the middle of the night, our seminarians showed just how fun our seminarians can be as they put on a display of their own dance moves.

The only thing missing, it seems, was the Feisty. That would have made the entire night complete.

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The night’s emcee, Chris Geiger, with his dad

By the end of the night, several families had spiritually adopted seminarians, our list of team members was started, Chris Geiger (our emcee for the night) was the lucky winner of our Spartan Race Giveaway and we raised over $900 for our seminarians!

All in all, it was a fantastic start to our Run for the Call 2014-1015 season and I’m looking forward to many more great moments!

Many thanks to our event sponsors, Freshway Foods and the St. Margaret of York Knights of Columbus Council. Thanks also to St. Susanna for the use of the Meyer Center, to the bands, to Chris Geiger and the rest of the seminarians who were able to make it out and to the many great volunteers and our great planning team for helping to organize and make this event happen. We are looking forward to seeing you all again next year!

Easter Rising and Dany and Japes finish the night with the "Salve Regina"

Easter Rising and Dany and Japes finish the night with the “Salve Regina”

If you missed the concert, you can still Spiritually Adopt a seminarian, join the team, or donate to our seminarians. Any kind of contributions you are able to make are GREATLY appreciated!

Top 10 Reasons to Come Tomorrow!

The Run for the Call Celtic Benefit Concert is happening tomorrow from 6-11pm at St. Susanna’s Meyer Center in Mason, OH. The Center is located behind St. Susanna School at 500 Reading Road. Admission for everyone 13 and older is just $10 and includes entrance into the Piggest Raffle Ever (100% of the $10 will go to support our seminarians in the Run for the Call Seminarian Assistance Fund). But, sometimes that isn’t enough to inspire everyone to come. So, I have created a list of 10 Reasons to Cancel Everything else and come join us tomorrow night (that I have been sharing on Twitter over the last 24 hours) and I think, maybe these will get you in the right mind set:

#10 – We are giving away a FREE entrance to a Spartan Race!

#9 – Your inner Irish just needs to get up and dance more than once a year!

#8 – You could win a 2-Year Lease on a Toyoya Prius just by paying to get in!

#7 – You will get the chance to meet the illustrious Chris Geiger and some of his fellow seminarians!

#6 – You can become a Spiritually Adoptive Family for one of our seminarians!

#5 – You can’t find a better night out (with or without the kids) than a $10 concert for a great cause! (Did I mention, children 12 and under are free?!)

#4 – You are a regular runner, but you have been looking for motivation, a purpose for your  aches and pains (and a discount for running in the Flying Pig); you’ll find all that here!

#3 – Seeking God’s will in our lives is what all Jesus’ disciples are doing these days! And so is supporting those who are doing just that!

#2 – You know someone who is a seminarian or someone who is considering it and you’ve always wanted to show them how much their “Yes” inspires you!

#1 – Danny and Japes and the Easter Rising Band are going to be there and putting on a show! Do you need any other reason?!

This is sure to be an awesome night filled with fun, food and laughter. We will have snacks available all night with pizza and hot dogs and soft drinks available for purchase. The night will also include a great testimony from our emcee, Chris Geiger, in addition to the opportunity to meet our new vocation director, Fr. Dan Schmitmeyer.

So, whatever you had planned with your friends, change those plans and come join us! We’d love to see you there tomorrow night, from 6-11pm at St. Susanna’s Meyer Center behind St. Susanna School at 500 Reading Rd., Mason, OH 45040!

Flying Pig Partners

CFPM_logoOnce again this year, for the 4th year in a row, Run for the Call is officially a Flying Pig Partner Charity! This means that anyone who is planning to run in the Flying Pig Marathon races (5K, 10K, Half, Full, 4-Person Relay, Flying Fur) can join our team and, through using a special code, donate 10% of your registration directly to our seminarians! 

In addition, we are also registered as a Piggest Raffle Ever Charity, which means that you can purchase your Piggest Raffle Ever tickets through us and donate the entire $5 right back to our seminarian assistance fund! 

So, join our team today and purchase a couple of Raffle tickets for Run for the Call or, even better, sign up and purchase your tickets at the Celtic Benefit Concert on September 27th!