For our parish celebration of October – Respect Life Month – with this year’s theme “Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life,” we are displaying a Respect Life bulletin board at the parking lot church door (St. Rita) or at the front church door (St. Stephen).

All parishioners are invited to participate by adding items that help to see Christ’s presence in all the seasons of life. Examples could include: an ultrasound photo of a new family member, a birth announcement, a prayer card from the funeral of a loved one; a note about volunteer opportunities at a local pregnancy center; or a sticky note with a prayer request. Be creative! Some material will be on hand near the Bulletin Board to help get you started.

Thank you for your participation.

We are in the process of moving from electric funds transfer (EFT) to an online giving program. Some donors already have been sent an invitation to use the new program. We thank all who have called the office with updated email information. Over the next few weeks current email information will be sent to Our Sunday Visitor so more donors can receive information to sign up for the new program. Thank you for your patience as we adjust to the new program.

The Youth Ministry is collecting donations during October to be included in care packages for military personnel and college students. There is a list of suggested items by the donation box. If you have a college student or service member who you would like a care package sent to, please provide name and address to Megan Zinn. The youth will be assembling and mailing the care packages in early November. Thank you for your support!

Congratulations to The Divine Mercy Columbiettes Council #14664 on receiving the Margaret Mary J. Mangan Achievement Award given by the Supreme Council Columbiettes. The Award was established in 1993 and is given in recognition of all the good works performed by the Council. Some of these included support of the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, lead the Living Rosary and Chaplet Service and volunteering at the CT.