The Strong Catholic Families committee is always interested in what parishioners are thinking.
On April 13, a meeting was held for parents of high school youth ministry students. Don Boucher, from the Davenport Diocese, led the meeting and helped parents envision what our high school ministry could look like in the future.
The feedback will be used to help shape our high school youth ministry in the years to come.
Each year St. Anthony Catholic Church designates a budget for charitable giving, which the Social Action committee is responsible for allocating.
This year the Social Action committee developed a new grant application process for local charities to apply for this money.
After reviewing the applications, donations have been made to the following charitable organizations: Backpack Buddies - $500 for hygiene items for children in the program Birthright of Knoxville - $500 for operational expenses Crisis Intervention Services - $2,000 to purchase bed-bug zappers for the crisis shelter & expansion of their children's programming Habitat for Humanity of Marion County - $1,500 toward building homes for low-income families Helping Hands - $1,500 to purchase food for the food pantry IMPACT Community Action Program - $1,500 for people in need of emergency assistance Neighbor Helping Neighbor - $1,500 for people in need of emergency assistance
The organizations greatly appreciate our donations. Following is a thank you letter from one of the grant recipients:
St. Anthony Church, We are very excited and thankful to receive your Community Support Grant. These funds will go a long way to help ensure a safe environment and kids program materials. We ordered the Bed Bug Box immediately and it has already arrived! The flooring has also been ordered and will be installed ASAP. Thank you for your generosity and support. Crisis Intervention Services Staff
We recently initiated the use of hearing-impaired devices for parishioners during mass. Headsets and transmitters for use by the hearing impaired were purchased thanks to memorial contributions.
Ushers are responsible for issuing the devices for those who need it. Please contact an usher prior to mass to check out a receiver. They will instruct you on how to use it. Following mass please return the device to the usher who assisted you before mass.
Thank you Cris Schwanebeck for obtaining the equipment and ensuring proper installation. If you have questions about the equipment or would like to purchase your own head set, please either call Cris or the church office at 641-828-7050.