HOLIDAY PARADE 2007
THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT
CAPTION: Bishop Hogan fifth through eighth grade students took home the Grand Marshal Trophy during the parade on Saturday with their float, “Little Drummer Boy.” They also received first place in the youth organization category. (Click photo for a closer view.)
C-T Photo / Megan Neis
The spirit of Christmas was evident in Chillicothe this weekend as thousands of people lined the streets for the 2006 Holiday Parade held Saturday morning on Washington Street. Nativity scenes, winter scenes, antique vehicles and bands playing Christmas music, all celebrated the theme “Christmas Blessings” as they participated in the parade. Bishop Hogan School's fifth through eighth graders took home the Grand Marshal Trophy for their float.
The 60th annual Holiday Parade had a total of 113 entries and was sponsored by Hedrick Medical Center. Grand Marshals were Jim and Norma Johnson of Chillicothe and Santa Claus made a special trip to town on Saturday to end the parade with the CHS Cheerleaders. Parade entries were judged on use of theme, originality and appearance.
The Mrs. Missouri and Missouri Princess float received first place in the business category and SkillPath's entry, “Sleigh Ride,” took home second place honors. Livingston Manor Care Center received third place in the business category. Chillicothe Medical Clinic and their Partners in Education, Brandi Ellis' second grade class, received first place in the non-profit organization category. Second place in this category was awarded to The Baptist Home. St. John's Lutheran Church received third place in the non-profit organization category.
“CeCe Lady” by Phyllis Collier from Laclede received first place in the animal division of the parade. Second place was awarded to “Ponies Are Us!” by the Mammen Family, and the Missouri Llama Association received third place.
Students in grades five through eight at at Bishop Hogan Memorial School presented a program about Dr. Martin Luther King on Friday afternoon at the school. The program included remarks from several students, including LeAnne Mathew and music provided by the chorus. The program highlighted King's life and his mission toward racial equality. Bishop Hogan School was closed today in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King's birthday.
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Catholic Schools Week Events 2005
We had a great Catholic Schools Week the week of Jan. 29th thru Feb. 4th. Here is what we did to celebrate! We also had a very successful annual Chili Supper and Basket Auction on Friday, February 4th!
Shoppers gather goodies for bargain
prices at the yard sale, one of many features of the 31st annual
St. Columban Fall Festival held each September. Funds raised from the
sale go to St. Columban Church and Bishop Hogan Memorial School.
April 28, 2004
8th grade class entertained a large crowd Wednesday evening
during the school's annual talent show.
Gladys Trager of Chillicothe makes $10,000 gift
to Bishop Hogan School
Thursday, July 2, 1998 -- Gladys Trager of Chillicothe recently made a $10,000 gift donation to Bishop Hogan Memorial School of Chillicothe to be used for capital improvements to the main school building. Mrs. Trager is a member of St. Columban Catholic Church, which operates the school. On hand to accept the gift were Bishop Hogan principal, Jeanne Hinkebein, right, and Father Matt Rotert, new pastor of St. Columban.
Constitution Tribune photo by Bob Carter
Fr. Matt Rotert
New Pastor at St. Columban Church
Monday, June 29, 1998 -- The Rev. Matt Rotert, a 30-year-old native of Montrose, Missouri, and a priest since June, 1994, has been assigned as new pastor of St. Columban Catholic Church parish in Chillicothe by Bishop Raymond Bolan of the church's Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese.
The Rev. Rotert, who began his duties here Thursday, June 18, replaces the Rev. Reginald Sander, O.S.B., who served as pastor for nearly three years. The Rev. Sander, a monk from Conception Abbey at Conception, Missouri, has been re-assigned to the pastorate of St. Paul the Apostle parish at Tarkio and St. Benedict parish of Burlington Junction in northwest Missouri.
"Father Reginald had been the prefect on my dorm floor my first year at Conception (Seminary College), and I came up to visit him last August to look the parish over because he had told me that there was a chance the abbey would be giving the parish back to the diocese and he'd be leaving." The abbey had supplied monks as pastors for the Chillicothe church since 1971. The diocese assigned the parish priests during 1914-1971 after a period of 36 years during the late 1800's and early 1900's in which the priests had been supplied by the Franciscans (Order of St. Francis). When Abbot Gregory Polan informed Bishop Bolan that the abbey could no longer provide the priest for the 500-family Chillicothe parish, the bishop turned to his staff of diocesan priests and found Rotert, who will celebrate his 31st birthday in August, anxious to serve here.
"I enjoy it all," he says of his priestly duties, "but I really like working with kids in school . . .I am very happy to be here and look forward to being here for a good while." He says one of the ministries he'll spend time on is "reaching out to parish members who, for whatever reason, haven't been attending Mass." He also notes the church structure, including its stained glass windows, needs some touch-up work.
In replacing Sander, Rotert says parishoners will find "we might be different, personality-wise, but our view of the church is very similar." The new local priest's view of the church's mission is to "be a sacramental sign of Christ's presence in the world, to give the call to conversion to belief in God, and proclaim the truth of God as revealed to us in his word."
Rotert's parents continue to reside in Montrose, a town of about 500 residents southwest of Clinton and just west of the west edge of Truman Reservoir. After attending elementary school there, Rotert went to St. John's Seminary in Kansas City to start high school. After that school closed, he switched to Savior of the World Seminary High School in Kansas City, Kansas, from which he graduated in 1985. He then attended Conception Seminary College for four years, then went to theology school in Mundelein Seminary in Chicago. "It was a real gradual process," Rotert recalls of his decision to be ordained into the priesthood. "I went to the seminary high school, but the scales really tipped for me, I think, while I was in college. I felt certain this was what God was calling me to do."
Following his ordination by Bishop Bolan at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City on June 4, 1994, he served as associate pastor of Christ the King parish at 85th Street and Wornall Raod in Kansas City until 1997. He then was assigned to the Lee's Summit parish for the past year before receiving his appointment to the parish here.
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