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I hope that your family has settled into our program year, and that your child is enjoying it thus far.  I also hope that we are helping you with your family's goals.  Most Catholic parents have similar goals for our families.  We want our children to be happy, healthy, and prosperous while growing in their relationship with God, within the tradition of the Catholic faith.  In short, we all hope to build a strong, faith-filled Catholic family that is nurturing, encouraging, and loving.

Like so many other goals, this isn't something that can be left to chance. We have to put conscious, concerted effort into creating the kind of family that we want.  This means we have to ask ourselves some difficult questions.  What do we do with our children while they are living at home?  What do we do want for them?  How can we best bring this about?  How we answer these questions is fundamental to the way we live out our vocation as parents.  We are charged with presenting the lessons of life - what it is like to be loved and to love.  God's gifts to us are the children and the mission.  God's gift to children are mothers and fathers.  Our gift back to God is how we create and sustain those relationships.

We are here to help you in extending your child's relationships beyond the home into a faith community where relationships are established that support what you want for your child.  We are here to encourage you to be involved in your child's life, your child's faith formation, and in the life of the parish.  

May our families become all God intends them to be.  

Together in Christ,

Kevin Cody, DRE

Our Family Faith Session series was kicked off last Wednesday with our 4th & 5th Grades.  We started with those grades because learning The Rosary is one of the core objectives of 5th Grade, and we wanted to do within the month of the Rosary... October.  The Church Hall was filled with children and their parents who heard about the mysteries of the Rosary and why Catholics pray the Rosary.  Parents then helped their children make their very own rosary to use now.. and maybe for the rest of their lives!.  Deacon Dan blessed the rosaries and we broke them in by praying a decade of the Sorrowful Mysteries... with the Year of Mercy approaching.  We thank parishioner Peggy Steidel who provided the materials and directions from a rosary society she belongs to.  

The Track A Parent Session for Grades 4 & 5 will take place this Sunday in their classrooms. 
Family Sessions for Gr 1 & 2 will take place the wk of Nov. 8th.
Family Sessions for Gr 3 will take place the wk of Nov 15th.
Track B & C sessions take place in the Church Hall.
A Hope & Friendship Foundation Event
Every piece of gently used/new winter clothing, every set of shoes/boots, every kitchen item/appliance, every vacuum that you are not using, not needing, wanting an excuse to replace is needed by someone right here and right now. 
On Nov. 6th,  we will unload the trailers, sort the donations, and ready the clothing, shoes, kitchen items and vacuums for those who will visit the Old Quarry Gym on Saturday Nov 7th hoping to find "just what they needed". 
This is an outreach for those who are struggling to meet all of the needs.  For those who have suffered set back after set back and settled in on surviving.  For those who are so appreciative of your time, effort and most amazing generosity. 
Drop off your donations:
In the trailers located in the Lemont Police Station Lot through Wed Nov 4th (please use larger trailer for clothing/shoes and smaller trailer for kitchen items/vacuums.  Doors are on the east side of the trailers and open. 
Or pull up to the east door (by the music hallway) of Old Quarry Middle School at 3pm on Friday Nov 6th and allow our willing and able young friends to unload your donations for you.
We will be hosting the "give away day" on Saturday Nov 7th in the Old Quarry Small Gyms (much thanks to our Old Quarry Admin/Staff and NJHS students and Mrs. Rickerson, who have claimed this outreach as their own and made this gift of meeting needs possible!).  Thank you for taking the time to go through your closets and cabinets and help fill voids in homes in need of your gift of generosity within our community.  Wishing you peace,
Terri O’Neill-Borders
November RE Calendar
All Saints Day
Pep Talk Video
What does a triathlon have to do with the Communion of Saints? Fr. Mike Schmitz draws parallels between his
experience of completing a triathlon and the believer’s experience of journeying to heaven. In our spiritual race, those who have gone before us are encouraging us at every turn. Fr. Mike reminds us that if we find ourselves struggling in this journey, we should remember that we are surrounded by “a cloud of witnesses” that is more impressive than a stadium filled with sports fans.

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