October 11, 2015

So, you never know who you will run into at the Mariano’s deli counter...but I do know if you are in junky clothes with no make-up you definitely WILL run into somebody. This week, I met-up with my pal Lissa Dow.

For the past six years, Lissa has  coordinated our annual Parish Service Day.  This year’s event is next Sunday, October 18.  When I asked Lissa about the planning, she was quick to fill me in on the details

In recent years, we’ve had more than 200 parishioners sign up to help.  It’s an almost-all-ages thing--everyone from 3rd grade on up is welcome.  There are lots of families, but plenty of teens, singles and couples too.

The event starts with 7:30 a.m. Mass where Fr. Brad commissions the volunteers to go out and work. 

After Mass, there are donuts and coffee, and everyone gets his or her assignments.  This is the fun part.  For the last few months, Lissa and her team have been reaching out to different organizations looking to see who needs help.  There are least 20 different job sites.

It’s an interesting mix of jobs and they’ll do their best to pair you up with a project that meets your skill set and preferences.

Some of the projects this year include:

· Fall yard clean-up at Pilcher Park.  (Yes, that is quite a yard...I assume they don’t mean the whole place.)

· Planting and gardening at the Joliet Area Hospice Home.  This is a pet project for some of our folks who have done it every year.  It’s great to help with those beautiful grounds.

· We have mobile manicure carts at both Villa Franciscan and Salem Village nursing homes.  This is a great way to have some quality one-on-one time with ladies who would remember the Palmolive commercial with Madge the manicurist.  “You’re soaking in it!”

· A group will head to some Easter Seals facilities to visit and perhaps do some fall crafts.

· Painting and hanging curtains for a Catholic Charities Daycare Center.

This is just a partial list. Lissa assures me that there are jobs for everyone...and IT’S NOT TOO LATE! 

If you want to help out, please send Lissa  an email at lissadow101@gmail.com or call the rectory at  815-722-6653. She promises to find work for all (even if you just show up Sunday morning) but would appreciate knowing you are coming.

Yes, of course this counts for school service credits! Parents do need to sign a permission slip for unaccompanied children.

Six years ago, Mary Sue and Jeff Miller brought their grade school and high school-aged kids to 7:30 a.m. Mass with the intention of sending the kids to Service Day while they headed off for a leisurely Breakfast #2 with a side of pancakes. Once they saw what was happening, Mary Sue and Jeff skipped breakfast out and stayed to help.  Six years later, the Miller family has not missed a year.  They’ll be there next Sunday along with their kids—a high school senior, a college senior and a college graduate.  It’s a great family  tradition.

It was great to see so many of you at Oktoberfest and Oktoberfast last weekend!  Thanks so much for turning out to support the school. Final numbers aren’t in yet, but based upon strong ticket sales, a record-setting auction and wonderful sponsorship generosity, it looks like we’ll be a great shape.

We are so grateful for all of your good-hearted support!

Hope to see you next Sunday morning!

Eileen Hooks Gutierrez
815-722-6653, extension 242



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