Fat Tuesday Celebration

According to the Catholicism section of About.com, Fat Tuesday is “the traditional name for the day before Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It is more commonly known as Mardi Gras, which is simply Fat Tuesday in French. It gets its name from the custom, in many Catholic countries, of marking the day with feasting before the fasting season of Lent begins.”

We certainly celebrated with a feast at Central Catholic—the traditional food fair organized by school clubs and organizations. I’m not sure how long we have been celebrating Fat Tuesday with a food fair, but I can personally confirm that it happened as far back as 2002.

Here is a list of what was available:

  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Smoothies
  • Stuffed buns & dumplings
  • Pizza
  • Cookies
  • Magic Wok
  • Chick-Fil-A
  • Walking tacos

The clubs and organizations purchase the food, and sell it for $1 tickets during the food fair. Student Council also organized a 3 point shot contest and the money collected will go to a charity. It was a fantastic way for the students to celebrate during the school day.

Did you have the Fat Tuesday food fair when you attended Central Catholic? Let us know in the comments.

Check out a few pictures from this year’s food fair below!

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Get to know Fr. Matt

RADER_MATTHEW_STAFather Matt Rader joined the Central Catholic faculty & staff in July of 2013. Originally from Lima, Ohio, Fr. Matt served the past few years at St. Wendelin in Fostoria.

Fr. Matt is wearing several hats at Central Catholic. He is the Priest Leader, Director of Pastoral Formation, Chair of the Theology Department, and teaches a junior religion class. Whew! He also celebrates three weekly masses at Central Catholic, prays with our teams before big games, and attends events with parents and students.

And now for the fun stuff! Check out Fr. Matt’s answers to the trivia questions below.

  •  What is one thing we’d be surprised to learn about you? I own a motorcycle.
  • If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Can I say Guinness? Otherwise: cow.
  • What is your favorite part about working at Central Catholic? Being invested in the lives of the students, helping them to see the value and beauty of our Catholic Faith.
  • What is your favorite song/band? Led Zepplin (on the secular front) and the song “Stairway to Heaven.”  Matt Maher (on the religious front) and his song “Alive Again.”
  • Do you know any good jokes? A priest walked into a bar … it hurt.
  • What is your favorite TV show? The Walking Dead.

Thanks for participating, Fr. Matt!

Let us know who else you’d like to hear from on our blog in the future.

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Spirit Week 2014

Spirit Week is upon us!

Spirit Week is the week leading up to the Superfella Assembly and the Sadie Hawkins Dance. (Does anyone else remember the “Sadie Hawkins Dance, in my khaki pants” song?) This week is a great way to recognize some of the outstanding seniors, and to celebrate our Fighting Irish pride.

The entire week was themed, and students dressed to match. Themed days included:

  • Twin Tuesday (cancelled due to a snow day, unfortunately)
  • Celebrity look alike Wednesday (I saw the Kardashians …no Bruce, though)
  • Senior class dress up/Class pride day
  • Freedom Friday (show your USA/Olympic pride)

On Thursday, February 20 the student body will hear from the Top 5 Superfella nominees, and the winner will be announced at the Sadie Hawkins Dance on Saturday night.

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Delp JohnKizer DeShoneO'Hearn RyanRiccio HunterThe Class of 2014 Top 5 (in alphabetical order) are: Max Boyle, Dugan Delp, DeShone Kizer, Ryan O’Hearn, and Hunter Riccio. Congrats, guys!

Do you remember your Spirit Week? Who was your Superfella? Let me know in the comments!

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Get to know Taylor Corbett

CORBETT_TAYLOR_STAGet to know Taylor Corbett! Taylor is one of the newest teachers here at Central Catholic High School. She started at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year, and is part of both the Spanish and Science Departments.

What do you teach? I teach, Spanish, Biology, and Integrated Science (which is like Physical Science).

How long have you taught at Central Catholic? This is my first year teaching at CCHS (I taught in Honduras before this).

What is your favorite thing about teaching at Central Catholic? So far, my favorite thing is how everyone feels like a family to me. I’m not from Ohio or the Toledo area, and I miss home quite frequently. But coming to school and knowing I will see students and other teachers makes me feel better–like everyone is family.

 What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Mint chocolate chip, baby! 🙂 Woot!

Do you have any funny stories/memories from your time at Central Catholic? I have a couple, but this one was a little more embarrassing. At open house, I introduced a student I was touring to Coach Dempsey (who was really Coach Welling). I went up to Coach Welling and said, “Hi Coach Dempsey, this is ______” and he responded by saying “I am not Coach Dempsey…I am Coach Welling.”

Do you own any pets? At the moment, no. At my parents’ house we have a chocolate lab, Kennedy. My last pet however, was a frog. He was a pretty good pet. Frogs are my favorite animals.

 What is your favorite book/tv show? Favorite book: To Kill a Mockingbird. Right now, my favorite TV show is Parenthood on NBC.

 What would people be surprised to learn about you? A few things people would be surprised to learn: I broke my rib by falling off a diving board and onto the cement. I am the oldest of 5 (with my youngest adoptive sister who is 4). I was in a pumpkin pie-eating contest and finished 2 whole pies before calling it quits. And I have an obsession with running.

Let us know in the comments who else you’d like to hear from on the blog.

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2014 Football Signing Day Fun

I’ve never experienced Signing Day before, and let me tell you—it’s pretty exciting. Watching the Central Catholic students proudly sign with their college or university of choice is gratifying for the teachers and administrators who have watched them grow for the past four years. It is, of course, an emotional day for many of the parents and families in attendance as well.

And now that the sentimental comments are out of the way, let’s skip ahead to the fun part (pictures and social media)!

The 2014 football Singing Day included five Central Catholic students. Here they are, in alphabetical order:

deshoneZach Harmon—Signed with Duke
TeJuan James—Signed with Wayne State
DeShone Kizer—Signed with Notre Dame
Paul Moses—Signed with Miami of Ohio
Derich Weiland—Signed with University of Toledo 


I’ve attached a few pictures taken by people in attendance at the event yesterday. Check our Facebook page soon for more pictures.



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Congratulations to all of our students who are deciding on and committing to colleges! It’s an action-packed time of year around here for the Class of ’14, and we are happy to be a part of it. Go Irish!

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Get to know Connie Peebles

Get to know the Central Catholic faculty & staff! We will intermittently feature short interviews with fun and informative questions. This is the first interview, with theology teacher Connie Peebles. Get to know Connie, and let us know if there are other faculty & staff members we should interview for the blog!
What do you teach?   Freshman and sophomore theology, and IB. I am also Fr. Matt’s assistant in the Pastoral Formation Dept.

How long have you taught at Central Catholic?  I am working on my eighth year and I absolutely love every day of it!

 What is your favorite thing about teaching at Central Catholic?  The students here are truly a family that open their hearts.  From day one they have taken me in as their family and shared God’s love.  I consider myself so extremely wealthy being a part of the Irish family.

 What is your favorite ice cream flavor?  Bumpy Cake ‘n Cream, it is my secret vice.  Add peanut butter and you have one great treat!

 Do you have any funny stories/memories from your time at Central Catholic?  On my first day I had to see this famous pool on the fourth floor.  I went to Cardinal Stritch in the 80’s and always heard about Central’s pool.  I took the elevator up to the fourth floor and had no idea how to get out of it.  I stood there and only saw a wall in front of me, not thinking that I should turn around.  It finally took Marie Arter taking me up there for me to figure out the elevator, see the beautiful Chapel, and realize there was no pool.

 Do you own any pets?  One amazing dog, Buckey Brutus Peebles.  He is part lab and we believe Great Dane.  He thinks he is a lap dog. A whole lot of love coming from that one!

 What is your favorite book/tv show? My favorite book is  Silence by Shusako Endo.  It is a story about how being a Christian is not easy and sometimes living as a Christian puts one at odds with the world.  Rumor has it Martin Scorsese is making into a movie.  My favorite TV show is The Goldbergs, I love and miss the 80s.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?  When I was in high school I wanted to be a journalist and travel the world.  I guess God had other plans for me. I have been married to my best friend, Troy, for 24 years.  We have 2 children, Danielle ’10 and Joseph ’12.  I live in a small farming community about 45 minutes drive (one way), Lyons, Ohio. I am currently going to Lourdes University for my Masters in Theology.

Thanks for participating, Connie! Stay tuned for our next interview with Taylor Corbett. 

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Our Prayer to End Human Trafficking

On Tuesday, January 21, Central Catholic held its annual Right to Life prayer service. Students and faculty learned about human trafficking and prayed for its end.

The prayer service is held annually on the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, and aims to celebrate life.

Human trafficking is a much larger issue in the United States today than many people realize. According to the Polaris Project, sex trafficking occurs when people are forced or coerced into the commercial sex trade against their will. American teens are trafficked along truck stops and highways across the country.

Jeff Wilbarger spoke to students during about an organization he founded called The Daughter Project, which is Ohio’s first licensed group home for girls who have been rescued from sex traffickers. He informed students about human trafficking, with the hope that it will encourage awareness and get students involved in the prevention of human trafficking.

Aside from the Right to Life prayer service, Central Catholic also sent 30 students to the March for Life in Washington D.C. The students, led by Priest Leader Fr. Matthew Rader, traveled to Washington D.C. will return at the end of the week.

If you’d like to learn more about this issue and how to help prevent human trafficking, visit the Polaris Project or consider volunteering with The Daughter Project. And check out this article about the prayer service from The Toledo Blade.




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