In thanksgiving

The Petteys are deeply grateful to everyone who joined them this month in remembering Dominik on the 5th anniversary of his passing.

Thanks to all who came to pray at the anniversary Mass and made visits to the cemetery.

Thanks to the Gonzaga College High School Hockey community for the annual Purple White game, and to all of those who contributed so generously to the scholarship fund in Dominik’s name.

Thanks too to the Gonzaga College High School community for the memorial issue of the Aquilian, the celebration of Dom Day and the morning Mass in the school chapel on Nov. 8, the anniversary of Dominik’s Funeral Mass.

Finally, thanks to those in the Archdiocese of Washington who reached out to the family and prayed for Dominik after reading the article in the Catholic Standard.

For all of these gifts from God, and especially for the gift of Dominik, the Petteys are eternally grateful.

Dominik’s hockey jersey on the St. Ignatius statue in the courtyard at Gonzaga, Nov. 1, 2019

Hockey boy

“Dom Pettey lives in our hearts and will always be the beloved #11 Hockey Boy of Gonzaga.” -Rosemary Joaquin


Rosemary Joaquin grew up in Washington, D.C. and is a graduate of Georgetown Visitation.

Rosemary knew the Pettey family from Visitation and from Visitation’s first girl’s hockey team in 2013-14 where Dom’s sister, Veronika led the team. Rosemary knew Dom from Seven Locks Pool and through her brother and the Gonzaga High School community. Rosemary was a freshman in college at Elon University in North Carolina when Dom passed from this world. Like so many from the DC area, she felt very far from home but wanted to offer support to the Pettey family even though she was at a distance.

Rosemary said a prayer and composed a song of remembrance for the beloved “Hockey Boy” of Eye Street. She recorded the song on her computer and sent it to the Pettey family.

Five years later, now a musician in Nashville, TN, Rosemary re-recorded her song to commemorate the 5th anniversary of Dom’s passing.

To hear more of Rosemary’s music, visit



Five Years

notrashchairNovember 1, 2019 marks five years since Dominik passed….

The Pettey family and friends will be gathering for the following events to remember Dominik, pray for his soul and ask him to pray for them.

Friday, November 1: An outdoor 8:30 A.M. Mass will take place at the gravesite in Section 24 at Gate of Heaven cemetery. All are welcome to come and pray.

Friday, November 8: The Dominik Pettey Memorial Purple White Hockey game will be played at the Fort Dupont Rink in Washington, D.C. Opening ceremonies will begin at 5 PM with a 5:30 PM puck drop by the Petteys. For more information about this annual event, kindly visit HERE. November 8 is the fifth anniversary of Dominik’s funeral Mass.

“All our loved ones who are gone, the Lord will give them back to us and we will be together with them. This hope does not disappoint!” -Pope Francis

Mass on August 5

All are welcome to attend Holy Mass to celebrate Dominik’s birthday on August 5, 2019.

The celebrant will be Rev. Joseph Cwik, a newly ordained priest for the Archdiocese of Washington. The outdoor 10:30A.M. Mass will take place at the gravesite in Section 24 at Gate of Heaven cemetery.


“The seed of eternity existing in each one of us reacts against death because that seed is itself not reducible to mere matter….For God has called us and continues to call us to cling with all our being to an everlasting share in the imperishable divine life.”
— Gaudium et Spes, 18

Amado Espiritu Santo

topofcardDear Holy Spirit!

The beautiful Holy Spirit prayer written by Msgr. John Brady after Dominik’s funeral is now available in Spanish. Download Amada Espiritu Santo HERE

Read how Msgr. Brady was inspired to write the prayer after his experience at the funeral Mass.

Since then, the Petteys have received many requests for the prayer cards, including this surprising inquiry.

May the prayer card in Spanish bring new life to all those seeking the Spirit of Love, truth and discernment in their lives!

Download the Holy Spirit Prayer Card in English
Download the Holy Spirit Prayer Card in Spanish

Note: once you download the PDF file, you can make the prayer card size smaller for printing by using the magnifying glass icon with the minus sign in the upper left corner.

Prayer for true happiness

Our hope for Dominik. Dominik’s hope for himself. The hope of Easter!

In late 2018, the Petteys found this paper Dominik wrote for religion class at Gonzaga. This is the original assignment, including the image he picked out himself to accompany his prayer. Prayer For True Happiness

Big old boxes

Dominik happily took this video of his friends “boxing” at school and posted it on social media.

For those who never experienced his sense of humor in person, his laugh says it all.

“It is requisite for the relaxation of the mind that we make use, from time to time, of playful deeds and jokes.” — St. Thomas Aquinas