St. Patrick Catholic School

122 West Street, Portland, MI   (517) 647-7551

Reflections by Randy Hodge

Class of 1967 Enjoys 50-Year Class Reunion

Posted on October 6, 2017 at 12:25 AM

Each September since 2003, the Father Flohe Foundation has hosted a wonderful celebration for the St. Pat’s graduating classes who is celebrating its 50th class reunion. The Class of 1953 was the first class to graduate from St. Pat’s High School, and the first to be honored at this party.

On Saturday, September 9, the Class of 1967 was invited back. On the class composite that sits outside the office, there are pictures showing the 39 members of this class when they graduated from high school.

Classmates met at the school at 2:30 where I had the opportunity to show them around and talk about what has changed since they graduated. I was assisted by two members of our senior class, Mallory Scheurer and Douglas Cope. Many of the grads had not been in the school since they graduated and were surprised by how much things had changed. These tours have become a highlight for me; because as the guests tell their own stories they enlighten me about the history of the school.

Following the tour of the school, the classmates attended the 4:30 Mass together. The Mass intention was for the eight deceased members of the Class of 1967. Following Mass, our alumni trekked out to the Wagon Wheel where they were treated to a delicious prime rib and chicken dinner. The classmates had the opportunity to sit and socialize, and some stayed long afterward to catch up and discuss their favorite memories of the good old days.

I always enjoy this annual event. It’s a reminder that each person who enters our school has a story to tell, their own personal history. Hearing these stories and learning about these former students is a great reminder of what makes St. Patrick School such a special place.

Congratulations Class of 1967 on your special night and thank you for an enjoyable evening. May God continue to bless you.

The Father Flohe Foundation was founded in 1988. Its primary function is to keep Catholic education available to the people of St. Patrick Parish and surrounding communities by funding some of the school expenses. The organization funds The Shamrock alumni newsletter, awards the annual Education Bell Award, and manages the endowment fund which helps to financially assist the school.

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