Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser Coming Soon!

On Saturday, April 1st from 5-7pm, the Serra Club of Sidney/St. Mary’s is once again hosting a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Run for the Call. As in previous years, the dinner will be held in Russia, OH at St. Remy Hall and 100% of the proceeds will go to support our seminarians through Run for the Call!

This year, as a special treat, the sauce for the spaghetti will all be homemade by Fr. Martin Fox, the pastor of St. Remy parish!!

In addition to spaghetti, diners can expect salad, garlic bread and homemade desserts to complete their meal! All are invited to attend the dinner and there is no set cost, instead the Club will be accepting donations for all meals.

Dine in and Carry-out options are available! See you there!!

Race Day is Drawing Near!

CFPM_logoIn less than 2 weeks, members of the Run for the Call team will be joining about 10,000 of their closest friends to run the streets of the Greater Cincinnati area in the 18th Annual Flying Pig Marathon weekend! This is widely known as one of the most entertaining and enjoyable marathon experiences in the country! While many are intimidated by the hills, the atmosphere of marathon weekend in Cincinnati is tough to beat.

Add to that the message our team is here to spread throughout the weekend, that God has created us each for a definite purpose and that he calls us daily to fulfill that mission, makes the April 30-May 1 weekend all the more special! While our team is as small as it has ever been, the message is just as important as ever!
It is not too late join us in spreading that message either! There are many ways to get involved in the mission of Run for the Call. First of all, we are still looking for monetary donations. We have just $1700 left of our $5000 goal and we have until June 1st to collect it. If you are able, we appreciate donations of any size.
Secondly, we are in need of more prayer warriors out there. Will you donate some of your time or sacrifice one cup of coffee each week to benefit our seminarians and our goal of creating a culture of vocations across the Archdiocese of Cincinnati? tshirt bannerThirdly, we need help spreading the message. Will you purchase a sport-tek team t-shirt and wear it with pride when you head to the gym, or out on your morning run, or at your next race day? Finally, if you can’t run, but you just want to join in the fun, head downtown on Marathon weekend with your homemade Run for the Call sign and cheer us on!

Flying Pig 2016 and Run for the Call

Happy New Year everyone! It is time once again to launch our Flying Pig Marathon surge! On the second day of what has become the coldest days of this winter, it is time to warm things up and think about Spring again!

CFPM_logoThe Flying Pig Marathon is celebrating its 18th running this year and we are celebrating our 5th year as a partner member! We would love the opportunity to continue this partnership but we need your support once again to do it! So, if you are a fan of running, or you just need a fan afterwards, the Flying Pig and Run for the Call have got a way for you to get involved and help a great cause in the meantime!

To begin, go to our Join the Team page or to our Volunteers page to participate as a member of the Run for the Call team to the greatest capacity you are able! Once you have signed up there, stay in touch through Facebook and our Get Involved Now page so that you never miss an opportunity to help support our seminarians. In the meantime, pray daily for the success of the Run for the Call mission and for the perseverance of our seminarians in following the will of God.

Celtic Benefit Concert – Sponsors!

In a little more than a month, on September 26, 2015 from 6-11pm (doors open at 5:30pm) the Convocation Center at Our Lady of Victory in Delhi Township is going to fill with family friendly fun at the 2nd Annual Run for the Call Celtic Benefit Concert featuring the Easter Rising Band with Danny and Japes and special guest, the University of Dayton Irish Dance Club!

The event will offer food, soda for donations and beer for sale as well as automatic chances to enter the Piggest Raffle Ever (the Flying Pig Marathon raffle) with your paid admission ($10 for adults/ 12&under are FREE). None of this would be possible without the support of the business community.

Thank you to the following sponsors for your tremendous support!

Gold Sponsors – Coming Soon!

Silver Sponsors –

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Bronze Sponsors – Coming Soon!

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.

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!