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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…

Five Years

November 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…

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.

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.”…

“Dude, don’t worry about it…”

The first time I met Dominik Pettey was the Summer he turned 16. He and my son Daniel were the exact same age- sharing the same birthday. What I remember most about Dom was his huge, warm smile. He was friendly, outgoing and exuded confidence. I met Dom another time also, the following Summer when…

“Jesus, I trust in You”

During his physical and interior struggles and absence from school Junior year, Dominik had many people who were praying for him. He was anointed and blessed with the Sacrament of the Sick. The Chaplet of Divine Mercy  was the regular prayer of his worried parents, often on their knees. His grandparents, too, shared in his…

God’s time

By early winter at the beginning of second semester Junior Year, Dominik had missed a lot of school. In addition to his personal absences, the Washington area had several winter storms. Classes were cancelled, but the students were still expected to keep up with their reading and homework. Gonzaga lost even more days that cold…

Pizza

During the time when Dominik was absent from Gonzaga, his doctor suggested that he get outside into the sunshine as much as possible and also find a job to help structure his days. His parents approached a local pizza restaurant and explained Dominik’s situation. Patrick, the managing partner, had nephews who went to Dominik’s school,…

Feeling alone

Being overwhelmed, sad and anxious Junior year made Dominik withdraw not only from attending school, but also from the companionship of his friends. When someone would ask what was going on or where he’d been, he would say: “I’m dealing with some stuff”, or “I can’t tell you right now”. Sometimes, he’d try to explain…