CHERRY — Two old friends, teammates and recent gridiron rivals joined forces recently at Holy Trinity Cherry to speak to the youth education students about their past experiences in religious youth education and how they utilize these experiences today.
Bob Morrow of St. Bede Academy and Landon Piccatto of Hall High School, both three-sport standouts, spoke to the Holy Trinity Cherry youth education students about their spiritual background and how Christ guides and leads them every day in both the classroom and on the athletic field. Both have received numerous awards and accolades for their efforts both on and off the field.
Morrow is the son of Debbie and Dr. Bob Morrow of Ladd, with his dad also having attended St. Bede. Piccatto is the son of Nancy and John Piccatto of rural Seatonville. His dad, John, also was a multi-sport standout at Ladd Grade School and Hall High School’s class of 1981.
Both Morrow and Piccatto attended Ladd Grade School and were successful teammates there for the Ladd Indians. They were happy to see each other and shared some great memories at this special “reunion.”
Speaking to a group of almost 40 fifth- through eighth-graders and their instructors, Piccatto told the crowd of the tremendous spiritual and emotional happenings that occurred this past year when teammate Daniel Lule suddenly passed away. The entire team attended Lule’s funeral mass. The team often prayed and reflected throughout the entire year upon his memory and what it meant to the team. Piccatto went on to describe how spiritual motivations drive him to try to help others, especially those that might be headed in the wrong direction and getting ready to make bad choices.
Morrow credits his tight knit family for his strong spiritual motivations and foundation. He advised students to cling to their families as they move into high school as their lives will become more complicated and they will be pulled in many directions. Morrow went on to describe various volunteer efforts he has been involved with at organizations such as PADS, St. Bede, toy drives, etc., and relayed the rewarding feeling he receives when helping others and participating in these Christ-like activities.
Holy Trinity Cherry youth education classes are held for K-8 students, both Catholic and non-Catholic, after 8:30 a.m. Mass on Sundays. Classes are held in the Holy Trinity Cherry Church Hall and there is no cost/charge. Anyone interested in registering may contact Beth Wenzel, young education coordinator at BethatCHT@hotmail.com or mornings Tuesday through Friday at 815-894-2006. Interested parties can also go to www.CherryHolyTrinity.org , go under the “Religious Studies” tab and register their child on-line.
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