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Congratulations to the St Mary Catholic School for their awesome participation in the Patriot's Pen essay contest. This years theme "Why I Honor the American Flag," was described in many different perspectives. The students of St Mary's swept the contest winning over essays from Cornerstone Christian Academy and Sycamore Middle School. The following students will receive a monetary award and their essays have been forwarded on to our district competition.
 
1st Place 
Lorenzo Monroy, 6th 
 
2nd Place
Fiona Arado, 8th
 
3rd Place
Lucas Collins, 7th

Preschool spent this month learning about being thankful and giving to others.  They ended their lesson with a mini food drive for those that wouldn't be able to have a  Thanksgiving dinner.  One preschooler summed it all up by saying, "Jesus would be so proud of us!"   

 

 Builder's Club hosted their "Sock-tober" sock drive.   142 pairs of socks were collected!  Both the socks and the canned goods were donated to Safe Passage Women's Shelter in DeKalb.

 

This Thursday, our parish will host this evening of prayerful adoration. The names of our 400 priests from this diocese will be read in half hour segments by the lectors. All are invited to come and pray even for a short time over the course of the 4 hours.

In just a few hours a month, you can impact a child’s future. By simply grabbing a slice of pizza, taking a trip to the library or to the park, you can make a difference in the life of a child. What is a Big? A ‘Big’ is a volunteer mentor who is matched in a one-to-one relationship with a child (‘Little’) in our program. A mentor is a friend, a supporter, a positive and consistent addition to the life of a Little. A Big Brother or Big Sister is not a replacement parent, a babysitter or a therapist. Children need someone to help share a different perspective on life and help them realize their endless

The Society's nearly 100,000 trained volunteers in the United States provided 17.5 million hours of volunteer service in 2016, helping more than 20.9 million people through visits to homes, prisons and hospitals at a value of more than $1 billion dollars. 

During Pope Francis’ recent visit, he reached Christians and non-Christians alike with his message of helping others. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul has been putting these words into practice for more than170 years. SVdP is truly volunteer driven with a volunteer to staff ratio of 16 to 1.