11th Annual Father-Son Mass and Breakfast (3/19) Was Record-Breaker

To see an album of 80+ photos of the event and its attendees on the SC Facebook page, click HERE

More than 450 people were on hand for St. Charles’ 11th Annual Father-Son Mass and Breakfast on Saturday, March 16th. The fraternal gathering was open to alumni and their fathers, alumni fathers and their sons, current students and their fathers, incoming and prospective 8th grade boys and their fathers and 5th, 6th and 7th graders interested in learning more about the school.

The gathering included Mass celebrated by Fr. Bill Arnold ’70, Pastor of Holy Spirit and St. Philip Parishes and assisted by Deacon Marion Smithberger ’72 of St. Timothy Parish. The liturgy was held in the Robert C. Walter Student Commons because the record crowd surpassed the capacity of Mother of Mercy Chapel!

A buffet breakfast served by 1974 alumnus Bob Selhorst and his company, Bosc + Brie was followed by a presentation by guest speaker, St. Charles father Jim Grote, founder of Donatos Pizza. Mr. Grote shared a very uplifting talk about the power of positive thinking, visualizing your future success, the need to help one another and following “The Golden Rule” (in business, life and relationships) of “Treating Others As You Wish To be Treated.” The Aquinas College High School graduate has been a leader, among other community involvements, in helping bring about the revitalization of the Parson Avenue area and all of the south side of Columbus.

Afterward, campus tours were available and attendees could explore the school building and visit the Chapel, classrooms and Holy Angels Library.

Our thanks to all who attended and help make this record-breaking event a resounding success!


St. Charles Preparatory School
2010 E Broad St.
Columbus, OH 43209
Phone: (380) 209-2222


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