Visitation BVM CYO -  Father Michael Saban, Priest-moderator

  Upcoming Events  

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Letter from the CYO Chief Adult Advisor, John Bruder:  

On behalf of the CYO Board, I would like to thank all of parents, coaches and student-athletes for making the Spring Season and the entire 2013-14 academic year a huge success!

Our spring season was excellent.  Our baseball, lacrosse, softball, and track and field teams at both the Varsity and JV levels did very well. Congratulations to the Region 21 Champions and Archdiocese Quarter Finalist—our boys’ varsity baseball team.  The track team sent several participants to the Penn Relays where they competed well and were the recipients of several medals. 

In addition to the athletic component, other branches of our CYO also had an active spring. The Service Group assisted the High School CYO again this year in delivering lilies for Operation Resurrection on Good Friday and our teams completed their various projects including placing American flags in cemeteries for Memorial Day and serving food to the homeless..  The Final Junior High Dance had the largest turnout of the year.

There were several other highlights over the last several months including our annual parish picnic after the May Procession.  Our celebration had additional significance this year as we honored Sister Diane on her  twenty-fifth year as principal of our school and Father Saban who celebrated a twenty-fifth anniversary of his Ordination into the priesthood. Congratulations to both of them. The eighth grade class participated in the yearly CYO Retreat at the new location of the Malvern Retreat House. There is a link on the Homepage of our website   www.visitationcyo.com to view a video of the day. The password is “Diamond2014”.  It may take several minutes to download.

During the past year, an effort was made to increase the feedback of our program through the Monkey Survey. We were able to achieve an amazing 55% response rate using our incentive program. Previous years the response rate was approximately 10%. At the Varsity banquet, the following teams were honored and prizes awarded for any team who achieved over a 50% response rate in the spring:

 Team                             Coach                                         Percent Response                        $50 Credit Winner    

JV Baseball                 Tim McDonald                                   85.7%  (Rita’s gift card)     Timothy Henrick                             

JV Baseball                 Jim Kossey                                           69.2%                                   Andrew Ahmad

Track                           Sue Tierney                                          66.7%                                   Martin Csongradi

Varsity Softball          Larry Doyle                                          57.1%                                    Tina Taylor

JV Softball                  Brandon Pasquale                               50.0%                                    Shannon Taylor

The final events of the year were the Junior Varsity and Varsity recognition celebrations, which were both huge successes. A great time was had by all of those that attended. Every player and head coach from all of our Junior Varsity and Varsity teams were given the opportunity to win gift baskets donated by our Spring teams. Head coach winners were:  Jim Caponi, Amy Diesel, and Jim Kossey. Student winners were Alex Decker, Gabrielle Seaman, Judith Butler, and Natalie Morris. Congratulations also to all of the award winners and presenters of the team speeches during the Varsity Banquet.  A special congratulations to Kathy and Bill Steiert on receiving the Spirit of the Visitation Award and to the co-recipients of the Father Bongard Award, Tom Csongradi and Bill Callahan.

As the academic year comes to a close, I would like to thank several people for their involvement and commitment to the CYO Program at Visitation. To Monsignors Thomas and Ignatius Murray, Father Kelly, Sister Diane Marie and our Priest Moderator, Father Michael Saban. I appreciate your support throughout the year and to all of the members of the CYO Board who dedicate vast amounts of time to keep things running smoothly. They are the backbone of our program.  Special thanks to those members who are retiring after this year, Bill Callahan, Sharon Colletti, Mike Higgins, Tim McDonald, Kathy Steiert, and Betty Welsh. I would also like to make special mention to those people who gave their time, talent and treasure behind the scenes for very important programs; Katie DiMichelle for organizing  Spirit Wear,  Liz Doyle for leading the Dance Committee, and Bari Harvey for assisting our program to ensure compliance with our coach clearances. A special thanks also to Desiree Soppick, Home and School President, for her collaborative effort throughout the year on several issues to unite our two organizations. The Home & School communication team is to be greatly thanked for their willingness to email communication updates throughout the year on the One-Call-Now System.

I would also like to wish all of our high school & eighth grade graduates well and continued success in all of their future endeavors.  To our high school graduates - please consider coming back to help coach or manage a team.  This would be a wonderful way for you to give back to your parish community! 

The last and most important group of people that I would like to thank is you, the parents. For all of the snack stand shifts, lobby monitoring, field lining, floor sweeping, uniform washing, missed dinners, and all of the hundreds of small things that you do to make our program the best in the region, all of your efforts are greatly appreciated.     

Looking to the future, I would like to welcome new members to the CYO Board: Tom McGlynn (Dean of Human Development), Brendan Kilcoyne (Varsity Coordinator), Bill Bono (Director of Facilities), Bernadette Morello (Director of Service), Melissa Smith (Uniform Manager), and Stephanie Vigliotta (Recording Secretary).  There will also be several current members of the Board who will be assuming new positions in the new academic year which includes Mike Rebar (JV Coordinator), Steve Welsh (Treasurer), and Cheryll Fisher (Registrar). We have already had a few meetings to discuss how we can continue to strive to improve our program in the next academic year.   

Finally, the mandatory Varsity/JV Parent/Player meeting for 2014-15 will be held Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at 7:00 in the school gym. The Pee Wee Parent meeting will be held Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 7:00 in the school gym. Further details and reminders will be sent throughout the summer and found in the bulletin and on the CYO Website, which is the best source of all future events.

Have a restful, safe and healthy summer. See everyone in September. 

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 ****** Attention 8th Graders *********

Click here to view the 8th Grade Retreat Video (password required).

 

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For registration questions contact:

Cheryll Fisher at visiregistrar@yahoo.com

Sports program questions contact:

Athletic Directors:  

Fran Greek    fcg623@yahoo.com

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ATTENTION JUNIOR HIGH PARENTS!!!

The Dance Policy has been updated. 

Please click here to read it. 

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 ATTENTION ALL CYO VOLUNTEERS!!!

All volunteers working with any group that has contact with the youth of the parish in any way are required to attend a session of Protecting God's Children for Adults (VIRTUS) training which is required for all adults who volunteer at Visitation BVM Parish

For a list of the sites holding this training visit the Virtus website at www.virtus.org.

There are a number of training sessions being hosted in our area this fall.

See the VIRTUS website for details. For a complete listing of requirements

for adult volunteers, click here 

   

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Looking for ways to show your Visitation spirit?  What better way to show

enthusiasm for your favorite Visi CYO teams than by wearing a tee shirt or

hoodie with the Visitation Chargers logo on it. 

Click here to see a complete list of apparel available for purchase through

the Visitation CYO Spirit shop!

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The next meeting of the CYO Adult Advisory Board will be:

Monday, September 8, 2014 at 7:00 pm in the Larkin Center

All are Welcome!

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Attention Parents, Parishioners, and Friends....

Please consider giving of your time and talent to assist our CYO program in any way that you can.

The continued success and growth of this wonderful youth ministry depends upon each of us. 

Whether you are a parent of a pre-school child, a school-aged child, a high school student, 

an "empty nester", or have no children at all, the Visitation CYO can benefit from your involvement. 

To find out more about how you can contribute, please contact one of the following people:

John Bruder                                              610-844-2175 

Dom Zampogna                                        610-666-6011

Fran Greek                                                 215-498-6580     

Steve Welsh                                               610-222-4770

Dave Harty                                                 610-764-4663