SEWARD (SNR) – St. Vincent de Paul School in Seward will host a running event Sunday, Sept. 7 in Seward. Bishop James Conley will celebrate Mass at 4 p.m. and the race event will follow.
After the races, the Knights of Columbus will serve pork sandwiches until 7:30 p.m.
“This is the second year that we are hosting a 5K,” said principal Sister Mary Catherine, C.K., “plus a 1-mile fun run/walk and a 10K for the first time ever this year, as a primary fundraiser for the school.
The funds raised in last year’s inaugural event went toward playground improvements.
“This year,” Sister Mary Catherine said, “the money we raise will support curriculum improvements and the general operating costs of the school.”
While the event is a fundraiser, it also provides more for the parish family.
“A blessing of this fundraiser is that it has revealed beautifully the community that exists in our parish,” said Sister Mary Catherine, noting the many parishioners with experience organizing other races who share their time and expertise. Nicole Wegman, a parent of students at St. Vincent de Paul School, has coordinated the race from the beginning, and Sister Mary Catherine said she would be the first to credit the other dedicated volunteers who have assisted her.
In addition, she said, participants in last year’s race enjoyed running or walking together for a common purpose.
“We are excited to see that spirit of joy build this year,” she said, “especially because we are privileged to have Bishop Conley celebrate Mass and participate in the race!”
St. Vincent de Paul School, which opened in 2001 serves 75 students from preschool to fourth grade.