St. Francis students Gather4Good
Fitting in with peers, building positive self-image, providing for basic necessities, and encouraging people in tough times – who knew that a simple bag of hygiene items could do so much? On Sunday, Sept. 17 at St. Francis of the Lakes School in Brainerd, hundreds of volunteers spent more than two hours together at Catholic United Financial’s Gather4Good service event, assembling 2,000 personal care kits for disaster victims and people experiencing homelessness. Gather4Good was initiated by Catholic United in 2010 to offer people of all ages the chance to do something substantial for neighbors in need, and to have fun while doing it. Volunteers are invited to assemble more than a dozen personal hygiene items into a simple backpack bag, in addition to a positive personal message. Refreshments, live music, and children’s activities are provided to keep the whole family entertained and engaged. The kits were assembled and donated to social service charities in the Central Lakes region, who will distribute them to families and people who need them. Partners for this event included Lutheran Social Services, Mid- MN Women’s Center, Bridges of Hope, The Salvation Army, The Shop, and the Alex and Brandon Child Safety Center. Representatives of these charities report the kits they receive and distribute provide families with items that are desperately needed yet often overlooked. Ensuring a person can meet basic hygiene needs, like brushing their teeth and washing up, provides individuals the chance to focus on larger issues like housing, job skills, and healthy lifestyles. Catholic United and its volunteers have distributed more than 20,000 of these personal care kits and raised more than $48,000 in donations since the first event in 2010.
Assumption students craft and crochet
Assumption Catholic School children participate in the Crafts and Crocheting for Christ Club. The Craft Club is learning to crochet and will make a project to take home and one to donate to Options for Women. Some of the other after-school clubs that will be offered are creative writing, baking, speech, robotics, sign language, and ukulele.
Marian procession in Hibbing
Assumption Catholic School students, staff, and parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Parish took part in a procession on the 100th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, Mary’s sign given at Fatima. All who participated carried a flower to be placed before a statue of Our Lady.
For activities the Catholic school in your area are holding, please visit their website or call the school for information. Christmas programs will be held in December, and in January schools will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week. Also, the Catholic schools are still accepting registrations for the 2017-18 school year. Call the school in your local area to find out about its registration information.
Brainerd: St. Francis of the Lakes School, 817 Juniper St., 56401; (218) 829-2344; www.stfranciscatholicschool.org; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cloquet: Queen of Peace School, 102 Fourth St., 55720; (218) 879-8516; www.queenofpeaceschool.org; email@example.com.
Duluth: Stella Maris Academy, Holy Rosary Campus, 2802 E. Fourth St., 55812; (218) 724-8565; www.holyrosarymn.org; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Duluth: Stella Maris Academy, St. James Campus, 715 N. 57th Ave. W., 55807; (218) 624-1511; www.stjamesduluth.org; email@example.com.
Duluth: Stella Maris Academy, St. John’s Campus, 1 W. Chisholm St., 55803; (218) 724-9392; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grand Rapids: St. Joseph’s School, 315 S.W. 21st St., 55744; (218) 326-6034; www.stjosephscatholic.org/school; email@example.com.
Hibbing: Assumption School, 2310 Seventh Ave. E., 55746; (218) 263-3054; www.acshibbing.org; firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Falls: St. Thomas Aquinas School, 810 Fifth St., 56649; (218) 283-3430; www.stthomascatholicschool.com; email@example.com.
Virginia: Marquette School, 311 S. Third St., 55792; (218) 741-6811; www.marquettecatholicschool.org; firstname.lastname@example.org.