“Helping others is what we need to do.”

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Students at the Enfield (CT) Montessori School collected pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters for Pennies for Patients, their Lenten project.

Pennies for Patients is an organization that collects money to benefit children suffering from Lymphoma and Leukemia. After collecting the coins, the children in S Carol Marie Saladin’s class separate the coins and count the amount of money they have in their box.

Sister Carol said, “It is a great learning tool for the children.  In addition, they learn about having empathy and compassion for children who are seriously sick and need the help of others.”

Annabel and Hannah, students in Sister Carol’s class, said that they enjoyed collecting the money because it was helping children. Abby said, “Helping others is what we need to do.”

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Still Growing

St. Joseph Academy, a voucher school on Milwaukee’s south side with a long history of child care services, has launched a $4 million capital campaign to expand into a full, K-5 elementary school over the next two years.

The school, at 600 W. Oklahoma Ave., is the present-day face of a long line of child care centers run by the Felician Sisters, a branch of the Third Order of St. Francis in the Catholic Church.

It began operations as a school in 2009 with 16 students in one 4-year-old kindergarten classroom and has grown to include 256 students in 4-year-old kindergarten through third grade.

SM Brendan Bogdan, St. Joseph’s mission and outreach coordinator and one of five Felician Sisters working at the school, said the school has grown faster than administrators anticipated…

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Saturday Art Class

Saturday Art Class

24 Mar
Every Saturday our kids come together for art class led by our young adults. With our financial help they were able to purchase materials needed to start a new project with paper mâché, a particular art famous in Jacmel. The girls are creating all kinds of paper flower arrangements  . (more)

St. Felix Food Pantry, Rio Rancho, NM

Between March 1 and April 30, St. Felix Pantry Inc., in Rio Rancho, NM, and the Feinstein Foundation are partnering to raise money, awareness, and food for the hungry in New Mexico.

For the 17th year, Alan Shawn Feinstein will give away $1 million to anti-hunger agencies throughout the country.

Please consider Alan Shawn Feinstein’s challenge below as a possibility for your Lenten almsgiving:

“WHATEVER YOU DONATE TO ST. FELIX PANTRY,

I WILL ADD MONEY TO IT. THE MORE

YOU GIVE, THE MORE OF MY $1 MILLION

THEY’LL GET – THANKS TO YOU!”

“Please give whatever you can

[donated food, money, gift cards, etc.] –

I will gladly add some of my money to yours.”

“Why am I doing this? Because I believe each of us was put here on earth to do what we can to help those in need. . . . My money started this campaign but it is YOU who will help decide how many needy people in your city or town will be fed this year. This has become the greatest grass roots campaign ever to fight hunger in our country.

“Thank you for sharing my heart, and the hope that – someday – no one will ever go hungry again.”

“Shine a Light on Slavery Day”

Students and faculty at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis, PA, participated in the national event “Shine a Light on Slavery Day” on Thursday, February 27.

Students and faculty sported special t-shirts designed to raise awareness about the issue of slavery around the world and in local communities.

Mission Leader Jeff Hulbert said he hopes the day helped students to think about the core value of Respect for Human Dignity as well as to pray for an end to the injustice of human tracficking and slavery everywhere.

Felician Adult Day Center

FADC Annual Snowflake Raffle a Great Success

S Eleanor Marie Statkiewicz is happy with her basket of spa items!

Sounds of joy and appreciation echoed throughout the Social Room at Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Enfield, CT, on Saturday, March 1, as the Felician Adult Day Center held its annual Snowflake Raffle.

 

Despite the snow already on the ground and the threat of another storm, the “perfect” weather made it possible for more than 250 people to enjoy the event. According to S Patricia Marie Iagrosso, director of institutional advancement, many have faithfully supported this fundraiser for the ministry over the past 16 years.

The buffet, sponsored by Joe Ravalese, owner of the Country Diner, was also a tremendous success. With more than 60 baskets and many other treats and prizes, attendees had a variety of choices to show their support for the ministry. Sister Patricia said many left saying, “See you next year!”