Saint John Neumann Catholic Church held its Fifth Annual Golf Scramble on Saturday, August 13, at Clover Valley Golf Club in Johnstown. In past years, the parish has donated the golf outing’s proceeds to Big Walnut Friends Who Share.
This year, the parish donated the golf outing’s $3,000 in proceeds to the Castrodale family, who lost their 14-year-old son Joey to an accident this past summer. The Castrodale family, in turn, asked the parish to disburse the money to Damascus, a Catholic summer youth camp recently relocated to Centerburg.
Tina Burtch, Youth Minister & Director of Evangelization at SJN, said because the camp had a major impact on Joey’s life, the Castrodale family wanted the funds to be used to help other kids attend the camp next summer.
“We’re so thankful for this donation to help our teens get to camp,” Burtch said. “We will be able to help over 12 teens with their camp fee this year. Money should never be an obstacle to an encounter with Jesus Christ. This helps our teens and their families draw closer to God — with a little help from Joey.”
Dan DeMatte, Director of Evangelization, Catholic Youth Summer Camp, said the Damascus summer camp goal is to help awaken the Catholic faith in young people’s lives and teach them how to live the adventures of their faith.
“Joey was an incredible example of the light of Christ,” DeMatte said. “His presence brightened rooms, softened hearts, and changed environments. The Spirit was alive in him in a very special way. He will be deeply missed.”
Joey’s father Mike said the golf outing and proceeds raised was a joint effort between members of the St. John Neumann parish and Westerville’s St Paul parish.
“This has been an incredible outpouring of love and support by both communities,” Mike Castrodale said.
Additional information about Damascus can be found at damascuscampus.com; Catholic Youth Summer Camp information is at cysc.com.
Saint John Neumann Catholic Church is located at 9633 East State Route 37, Sunbury; Saint Paul’s is located at 313 N. State Street in Westerville.
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093.