Mass! Dinner! Our Monday evening Fall Series Book & Bible Study concluded last week, so we’re asking all to plan to go to the 7pm Feast of the Immaculate Conception Mass at St. Mary’s with dinner following downtown. See the event details (on our blog OR on Facebook). Dinner location is TBD by those attending Mass (likely a parking lot decision), but feel free to call or text 266-8843 to find out where we’re going!
Join your LVG friends tonight at 6:30pm in McGrady Hall as we attend the Program of Catholic Studies presented by St. Mary’s Catholic Church with guest speaker Joseph Pearce. The topic is Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, A Modern Jeremiah. Aleksandr Isayevich Solzhenitsyn was a Soviet and Russian novelist, dramatist, and historian. Through his writings he helped to make the world aware of the Gulag, the Soviet Union’s forced labor camp system – particularly The Gulag Archipelago and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich, two of his best-known works. Solzhenitsyn was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1970. He was exiled from the Soviet Union in 1974 and returned to Russia in 1994. (Learn more, if desired: 2008 Time Article; Nobel Prize article; Wikipedia)
Listen to previously recorded sessions of Program of Catholic Studies here.
It is challenging to imagine yourself in the shoes of an abused child. Especially difficult is imagining the emotions a child feels as they’re being processed through the legal system, therapy, exams, and more. Something as simple as a shoe box wrapped in wrapping paper can be transformed into a “comfort box” while children go to court to testify. Comfort boxes are filled with small toys/activities to include things such as, but not limited to: small stuffed animals, crayons, stickers, activity books, markers, note pads, play dough, cars, hair bows, silly putty, Nerf balls, barbies.
Abuse is much more common than you may think. A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, more than four children die every day as a result of child abuse.
Please take some time between now and December 16th to join us in supporting the Julie Valentine Center LVG Christmas Project by assembling a meaningful gift for a child. All donations can be dropped off at ANY LVG event, including our Christmas Party. Pick ups are available upon request – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have you seen a display like this one spilling over with movies being sold for $5? One of the items needed by the Julie Valentine Center for the LVG Christmas Project (check out the wish list & sign up) are DVDs appropriate for children and/or teenagers. If your kiddos have grown out of movies or you’re out shopping and see a display like the one pictured, consider checking for a movie that will help the children be entertained (perhaps even not think about their circumstances for a while). Donations can be dropped off at any LVG event, including our Christmas Party on 12/16 at Sacred Heart Hall beginning at 6:30pm. Pick ups and other arrangements can be made by contacting email@example.com.
Have you seen the wish list for our Christmas Project – adopting the Julie Valentine Center? As Thanksgiving quickly rolls into the greatest shopping days of the year, consider adding this project to your list. The items on this wish list fit a variety of donation budgets: crayons, markers, finger paint, poster paper, construction paper, yarn, magnets, glue, binders, stickers, and batteries TO travel games, DVDs, and gift cards. When you look at the list, you’ll notice that items are needed to help comfort children as they testify in court, to entertain them as they’re being processed through the system, and as encouragement during difficult therapy. Gift cards are being used to help purchase items and gas cards are needed to help families commute to the center who live too far from bus lines. Gift cards can be any size – $10 and up. Your help is urgently needed and wanted. Please consider signing up for an item the wish list today.
Prince of Peace Catholic Church has developed an all-inclusive guide to many of the holiday traditions of our faith this season. In it, you can find how to create & bless an advent wreath, full confession schedule, liturgical schedule with key feast days, blessing of the chalk, and much more. See it all here.
All single women between the ages of 17-30 are invited to A Night of Recollection with the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia for St. Mary’s on December 3rd at 6pm. It will be a beautiful opportunity for prayer and reflection as we prepare our hearts for Christmas! Questions? Contact Beth at firstname.lastname@example.org.