While many of us enjoy festive meals with family and friends, others aren’t always so lucky. We will provide a Thanksgiving dinner at the usual location, St. Thomas Church, Huron Street on Monday, October 8 for our regular guests at 6:00 pm. The traditional turkey and dessert will be provided by others, but SMM has been asked to provide the other fixings - mashed or roast potatoes, vegetables and cranberry sauce. Please join us if you are free to help.
SMM now has a shawl ministry and for the second time finished shawls were blessed last Sunday.. The benefits are twofold. Knitters pray while knitting. The finished shawls are distributed to those who are sick. As well as providing warmth and comfort, the receiver gains a sense that someone has thought of their need while knitting and piecing the shawl together- though giver and recipient may never meet. It's most worthwhile.
Our kids have now completed their most successful sock drive in three years since its inception in 2014. They had learned about the difficulties marginalized people experienced in their daily lives - homelessness, lack of good food and clothing and winter cold. After hearing the stories, they came up with the idea of warm dry socks as something that would provide a small measure of help and enjoyed soliciting donations from the parish by making their own announcements. It worked.
One enterprising young member took more initiative this year and took the drive to her school classroom at Clinton School - just across the street from the parish church. That added more than 40 extra contributions. We wrapped them all and contributed them at a recent community dinner on January 4. Some of the kids joined us to help with their distribution.