WE ARE CALLED
Our year of Student Ministry is truly off to a great start! Our first call is always to pray for all of our brothers and sisters in need and to uphold the dignity and justice of all life given by God.
Our second call this year is to be sure we are giving from our "own hands as much as we can so we can truly say that we are "God's Hands on this earth."
Our September project did just that! All of our classes, PreK 3 through Grade 8, did an outstanding job of bringing in food to "Stuff A Bus", led by Grade 8. Every child had the opportunity to get jup onto the bus, place their food or paper product on the bus, and to see the bus fill up! It was then taken to the Cheshire Community Food Bank, and some of our eighth graders were there to help empty the bus for all those in need. It was such a warm and wonderful experience. A very special thank you to all of you for the 1764 pounds of food we were able to contribute!
A very special thank you to Mrs. Gurzenda, Mrs. Halasinski, and Mrs. Riemann for all of their help with all we will do this year. We could not do it without them.
October brought us the Fire Truck Visit for our primary grades on the 15th, and all students were able to go on the truck, see a demonstration of protective clothing and equipment, and each received a fire hat!
The students in grades 2-8 are busily cutting out stars for our "Giving Tree" in Church with all gifts going to the families in the Community Food Bank.
You should also have received a notice about our "Gently Used Coat Drive" which begins this week and will continue into November. This will benefit Acts 4 in Waterbury. There will be bins in both the upper and lower wing to collect all that the students bring in. Coats are needed for all sizes: children through adult sizes.
As we head towards Halloween, we think about our soldiers. Any leftover candy that families would like to donate that is still unwrapped will be sent to our soldiers serving in other countries. We will also be making them cards letting them know that we think of them often,praying for them, and we appreciate their sacrifices. We know that they are there for us, and now it is our turn to be there for them as they protect not only our rights and freedoms, but also the rights and freedoms of the people of the countries in which they serve. They truly heard God's call to be living disciples of Jesus, to be there for their brothers and sisters all over the world.
As we look towards November, we are also getting ready for the "Lights of Hope" which will take place on November 9th. Our families will come together to build paper bag luminaries which will be placed around the Church and lighted in time for the 4:30 PM Mass. It is truly beautiful, and you can feel the presence of Christ with us! This is truly a wonderful family time, and the money gained from the cost of the kits benefits such worthy projects such as a scholarship fund, the Cheshire Community Food Pantry, Cheshire Youth and Social Services, and the Petit Family Foundation.
Also in November, some of our older students will be volunteering at the "Hot Coco 5K Race on Saturday, November 23rd at Norton School. This race benefits "Abilities Without Boundaries", an employment agency here in Cheshire for the diabled adults. Our students did an outstanding job last year!
Our Chorus is already working on Christmas Songs as they will travel on December 5th to Midstate Hospital to sing for their patients.
As you can see, our students are constantly reaching out, and the greatest gift is seeing the joy they receive as they help others. They truly live their faith day to day, and always volunteer to help others whenever they can.
Again, I thank all of you for helping us live our ministry with your thoughts, prayers, and most generous hearts. We could not do this without you! As we stand ready to be there for others, we thank you for always being there for us!
May God Bless You Always.
Mrs. Judith Rowinski