FR. GEORGE PUTHENPEEDIKA- Pastor and President
Father George is originally from India. Finding that the climate in
India was not agreeing with him, he was given permission to move to a
cooler climate. He chose to come to the US but was not sure where he
would go and ended up in TEXAS!! Needless to say, the heat of Texas was
a surprise- Texas would not be his home. A move to New York- where
his sister lives, was in his near future. After various assignments he
landed in Michigan and now we are blessed to have him as our shepherd.
FEDEWA- PPC Chairman
I am a native of
Nebraska, living in Michigan since 1982 and a member of St. Peter PPC, Altar
Society, and Spring Festival Committee. My husband Gary and I live in Holt
and have been
attending here since 2000. We both feel the presence of the
Holy Spirit very strongly here at
St. Peters. I look forward to working
with my fellow parish family members in the near future.
- FINANCE COUNCIL - EXOFFICIO MEMBER
Hello! Julie and I have lived in Eaton Rapids for over 35 years and have attended
St. Peter Parish for over 25 of them, except
for a couple of years when we left during the building of the new Church. While gone, we did attend other
area Churches. They were nice enough, I guess, but it just seemed as though we were missing something and
were we ever, the Eucharist! So one Saturday, we returned for Mass and were graciously welcomed back.
One of many goals we have as a PPC is to seek out those who have left the
Parish and invite them back.
We have one son, Tom Jr., who lives near Baltimore with his lovely wife Dayna. I retired from the state of Michigan
with over 36 years of service
and I have been a Knight for over 20. I look forward to serving our Parish family
in a new way as a member of the PPC. Yours in Christ, Tom
DEACON GIDEON MARSAL - DRE -Exofficio Member
Deacon Gideon and his wife, Rosemary, have attended St. Peter Parish for
He has had worked in several ministries throughout the years and
has accepted the position of DRE over the summer.
Deacon Gideon will also be
leading a bible study group this year.
Marty and I currently live in Rives Junction and have two children, Tally and
Ariel. Our family has been members of St. Peters Parish for the past 13 years. We love St. Peter because of the sincere, welcoming people and their Sprit filled love for the Eucharist. I am excited to be member of the Parish Pastoral Council and look forward to serving the Parish!
CHRIS VENEKLASE- RCIA - EXOFFICIO MEMBER
Chris works at
Ignatius Press as a Religious Education Sales Manager. He and his wife,
Madeleine, have 5 children -
Martin, Tessa, Malaika, Regina,
Veronica. They formerly lived in California before returning to their
of Michigan. Chris enjoys sports, outdoors, fishing,
reading, listening to his daughter play piano, and a good cup
chocolate on a cold winter's night.
CROW- MEMBER AT LARGE
Married to Dan Crow for the happiest years of
I am a cradle Catholic and I have been a
parishioner here since 1973, since I was 8 years old,
with the exception of
about 5 years. I am now a nurse and a photographer. 18 years ago I married
Crow, who was my neighbor. Love thy neighbor God said! He is one of the best gifts God has ever
Together we have 6 kids (plus 2 bonuses by marriage) and 6 grandchildren.
I love VBS, computers
and photography, and most of all, being Catholic!
OLSON- MEMBER AT LARGE
My wife IvyLynn and I are blessed to be the parents of 5 amazing children, Alexis, Matthew, Tyller,
Riley & Noah.
My wife and I are both very active in the Parish as Festival Committee Co-Chairs. I serve in the Knights of Columbus and very much enjoy the hands-on service and fellowship with other volunteers during the Festival weekend. I entered the Church in 2001 when I was blessed to receive the Sacrament of Baptism with my two
oldest children, Alexis and Matthew. Our other 3 children were baptized in late 2008, and my wife entered the Church at the Easter Vigil in 2010. It is very important to me that we instill in our children a faith in God based on the teachings and apostolic tradition of the Catholic Church and a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In that same sense, I believe that we should also be working to bring the message of Christ and the Church to others by being a living witness, even when it’s difficult. It is my intention to serve God,
and St. Peter’s Parish to the best of my ability.
YOUTH GROUP LEADER - EXOFFICIO MEMBER After growing up in Ludington, I graduated from the Franciscan University of Steubenville with a degree in Elementary Education. I worked at Everest Academy in Clarkston, MI as both teacher and administrator. I married a good looking Italian from New York, Chris, in 1998. I “retired” from working outside the home upon the birth of our first child. Since then, we have lived all over the NW coast of MI and now have 5 remarkable children. We joined St. Peter Parish in 2007 when we moved to Dimondale. The parish has been — by far! — the most welcoming parish I have ever belonged to! My whole family is very grateful to have a parish that offers so much spiritually & socially. I look forward to becoming more involved in this wonderful community and serving it in whatever capacity God sees fit.