January 25th, 2015 is our annual Catholic Schools Week celebration with an Open House kick-off taking place immediately following 10:30 Mass.
The free-will donation lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. We will serve chili soup with all the fixings, chicken rivel soup and hot dogs.
Entertainment will be provided by our Preschool, 1st and 2nd grade students. Cheer on the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders as they compete in Academic Challenge Catholic School Style. You can watch school-wide faith videos produced by our own St. Mary's students and view artwork created by the students in their art classes.
This weekend will take up the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Your generosity to the Collection for the Church in Latin America is invaluable to the future of the faith in this region. Your donations will fund catechesis, marriage and family life programs, and seminarian formation. Please give with a joyful and generous heart. Please support programs like these and give generously in next week's collection.
For those of you who signed up and for anyone else who may be interested, there will be an informational meeting on Tuesday night, January 27, at 7:00 p.m. in the lower level meeting room in the Parish Center. Materials will be distributed at this time and we will establish a schedule for the next 10-12 weeks. All are welcome! -Barb Pifher-Pastoral Associate
Deacon Stockmaster begins a new series of columns focusing on the Sacraments of the Catholic Church. Read more here... Deacon's Corner.
The Souper Bowl of Caring is dedicated to tackling all of the issues that exist in our communities, including poverty, hunger and homelessness. Next weekend after Masses there will be youth group members at all the exits with soup pots. You can give a monetary donation or bring a non-perishable food item to donate. 100% of the donation will go to Shelby Helpline to help combat these issues in our community.
A Project Rachel Retreat for Hope and Healing after Abortion will be held Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The retreat is designed to help women hurting from past abortions to experience the personal love of Christ and find hope for healing. The location is confidential within the Diocese of Toledo. The cost is $20 and includes lunch. Scholarships are available. Pre-registration is required. For more information, please contact Tara Woodbury of Project Rachel at (419) 654-4886.
This month, we are launching a BOX TOP challenge! Our Goal: To raise $3,250 in free money to fund our teacher materials for our new math program! Clip, save and submit all Box Tops for Education certificates and bonus certificates. Each unexpired Box Top is worth 1 point/$0.10 (exception is bonus coupons - 10 bonus Box Tops = 10 points).
To submit Box Tops place the collected items in a zip top bag or on a Box Tops Collection Sheet. If you wish to give a classroom credit, please be sure the grade or teacher's name is clearly marked on the bag/sheet. Bring it to your teacher, or the school or parish office. Thank you for keeping our parish and school in your prayers! You make a difference for us. Lisa M. Rhodes, Principal
SLAM will be hosting a Pasta Dinner on Sat., Feb. 7th after the 5 p.m. mass! Mark your calendar for a free-will donation meal to help support our students as we raise funds for our Summer Camp Retreats!
Renewing your license plate? Select the Ohio Adoption "Choose Life" plate and Catholic Charities' adoption program will receive a portion of the proceeds if you live in Lucas, Wood, Henry, Fulton, Erie, Huron, Crawford, Ottawa, Richland, Sandusky, or Seneca Counties. Help us promote adoption as a loving option!
Please call the Parish Office at 419-347-2381 to request a 2014 Giving Statement. Please allow 3 days to process. Giving Statements may be picked up at the Parish Office Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. or other times by appointment. If unable to make it to the Parish Office we will mail your Giving Statement upon request.
From the Diocese: Whenever a county/city within the Diocese of Toledo is placed under a Level 3 Snow Emergency, during which all roadways are closed to non-emergency personnel, the Catholic Churches within that geographic region will cancel the scheduled Saturday Vigil or Sunday, or Holy Day Masses. Roman Catholics in that region, therefore, are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass. If Masses are cancelled, Catholics are encouraged to participate in Holy mass via television, radio or internet, making a spiritual Communion. When Mass is cancelled, all other diocesan, parish, or school events in that geographic region are also cancelled.
If school is canceled due to a snow day, the parish office will be closed. Weekday Masses will not be celebrated when school is canceled. Weekday Masses will be held if schools are on a delay but please do not venture out onto the roads if it seems too dangerous for you to be driving during a delay.
If you have a loved one or know of someone who is ill or in need of a pastoral visit with Father or someone from the Ministers of Care please contact the parish. The HIPPA Law prohibits hospitals from contacting the parish when someone is hospitalized. The office can be reached at 419-347-2381.
A special message from Mrs. Rhodes: A new tool has been made available in memory of Mr. David Reihl, who continually made a difference for us with his generous giving of time, talent and treasure. I always advocate looking for ways to not incur more family expense. So now the question really becomes, "how can I maintain current giving levels and still increase giving?" That sounds like a trick question, but it is not. Please remember that donations start with us, but increases don't have to fall completely on the parishioners. Many employers offer company match for charitable donations. If you would like to learn more, please contact your employer's human resource department. They can guide you through the process. Please click on the green label to see if your employer matches funds or provides service hour grants. - Mrs. Lisa Rhodes, St. Mary's Elementary SchoolYou may also find your employer online. Click on the icon above or follow this link Double the Donationto find your employer or learn more about this program.