Hi!        I wanted to let you know about our next Youth Group event, and hope that you will be able to participate in it. As you may have noticed, there are two large boxes in Church (next to the Giving Trees), and parishioners will be placing donated items for our Christmas Care Packages to the military people from our area. It’s one of our great traditions, and our parishioners have always responded generously to our appeal! This is an annual Advent project for our group. I am inviting the members of our group (and your friends) to attend the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Dec. 10th. Immediately after Mass, we will carry all the donated items to the science lab in school, where we will put together the Care Packages. I will also need a number of youth to write thank-you notes to the people who will be receiving these care Packages. We will also have pizza and pop after we finish the packages (compliments of the Youth Group). I know I can count on your participation! The soldiers who receive these packages are truly grateful to be remembered at Christmas!
Also, I received a phone call a few days ago from the editor of the Catholic newspaper for our Archdiocese –  The Chicago New World – and it looks like they are interested in doing a story about our Youth Group sending Christmas Care Packages to the military. I think they would like to take some pictures and interview youth group members. It is another reminder that many people have heard about the good works that we are doing! As our motto says, we are truly “Making A Difference”. One other request – if you or your family knows of a military person who could use a Christmas Care Package, please e-mail me with their name and complete address.

Also, put Saturday, January 20th on your calendar. That is when the Youth Group will be making our annual visit to the Jessie Brown Veterans Hospital (on Damen) . This is our chance to say Thank You to the veterans who have served our country so bravely over the years. It is one of the most “moving” experiences you’ll ever have! it will take place in the morning. We will also bring on that day, all the left-over donated items that we collected for the Christmas Care Packages.

I hope that all of your families had a great Thanksgiving! We have been blessed in so many ways! I am especially thankful for all of you!

Fr. Rich