On October 2, Andrea Krupp, Meredith D’Ambra, Mary Freeman, a refugee coordinator from the diocese, and an interpreter visited our two refugee families.  One family is from Syria and the other is from the Congo.  We did not meet all members of the families because some of the children were in school but we will have opportunities to meet them later and we will bring back pictures to share.

The Syrian family has some immediate needs.  They have 3 children and are expecting their fourth in 3 months.  If any parishioner has any of the following items stored away with no foreseeable future need, please consider donating them to the family.  The parents are currently sleeping on a very well used double mattress on the floor.  The #1 need for them is a queen sized mattress and box spring.  Also on the list are:

  • Changing pad
  • Bouncy seat
  • Baby swing
  • Wooden bunk bed set
  • Infant car seat, convertible toddler seat, and a booster seat

All crib and car seats need to conform to current safety regulations.

There are donation boxes for the refugees at all the church entrances.  All donations will be used to meet the monthly needs of these two families.

3yr old Abdulla from Syria  

  If there’s one word to describe the first weekend of our annual stewardship drive, it’s MORE! With more parish ministries and committees than ever before, there are more options and opportunities for more people to give more of their gifts to support the mission and ministry of the church. Giving more, doing more, praying more – this is the bar that the Lord has set for all of his disciples. The words “enough” and “less” are not in a disciple’s vocabulary!

  Thanks to the Stewardship Committee and all of the leaders and representatives from all of the various committees and ministries who hosted last weekend’s stewardship drive. Your love for the Lord and commitment to the work he has entrusted to us is the most effective recruiting tool that the Holy Spirit uses to build up the Church! This proves to us that you don’t need to travel to the ends of the earth or stand on a street corner with a megaphone in order to evangelize and draw people closer to Jesus.

  The call to discipleship doesn’t end after a stewardship drive, it’s ongoing. Last weekend drew attention to the many ways the parish calls folks to serve as the eyes and hands of Christ, and while there were hundreds of people joining new ministries or rejoining committees, the response isn’t limited to a weekend. We recognize that the Holy Spirit works 24/7, 365 days a year, so the parish and her ministries are always standing by, always ready to welcome new stewards.

  Speaking of new stewards, would you believe that there are *thirty* new catechists in the Religious Formation program? That’s thirty members of our parish family who have never been involved before with the parish RF program who have come forward and embraced the opportunity to serve in the church’s most important ministry. They don’t know exactly what to expect, but, in Francis’s words, we must always leave room for God to surprise us! Disciples don’t get a crystal ball, they get something much more useful and powerful: the Lord Jesus, who promises to be with us always, until the end of time.

  Thanks to everyone in the parish who stands as a reminder of the Lord’s promise in this time, in this place. I have no doubt that in the future, we will all discover that giving more and doing more helps us to become more of the person we were created to be.