Local 8th graders helping homeless with 127 "Blessing Bags"
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CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Cincinnati has a homeless population just like every other major city and a group of girls from Clermont County wanted them to know there were people who care.
The girls on St. Thomas More's volleyball team were good; they work well together on the court. And they used that same teamwork off the court to make bags and purses for the homeless.
They came up with the idea after a confirmation class that talked about giving back and they had to do a project for the class. The girls made roughly 130 survival kits.
The girls loaded the bags with items many people take for granted; hygiene items and items to keep people warm during a cold day. The girls got the donations from family, friends, and a few local businesses. They were recognized for their hard work by "Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services" with certificates.
Gregg Pieples with Behavioral Health Services said, “They showed kindness and thoughtfulness in putting this project together and honestly it was very practical. I mean we've worked with the homeless off and on for about twenty years and understanding what folks need, they were right there.”
They didn't ask for any recognition for their efforts but they're hoping to inspire others. The went to Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services and a homeless outreach team will give them out.
St. Thomas More Parish, in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, is located in Withamsville, Ohio, 20 minutes east of downtown Cincinnati. With approximately 1600 families, the parish is served by a full time Pastor, Deacons, Pastoral Associates, Director of Religious Education, a Director of Music, Maintenance staff, and Business Manager. The parish elementary school serves students in pre-school through grade 8.
Parishioner Father Matthew Feist was ordained a Priest on Saturday, May 21st, at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains. His first Mass was at St. Thomas More on Sunday, May 22nd at 12 Noon. Pictures of his ordination are below (courtesy of the Catholic Telegraph). Also view some UTube videos of Fr. Matt's big day..both the ordination and the after party!
First Mass at St. Thomas More, Sunday May 22nd, 2016:
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith, please contact the Director of Religious Education by completing and submitting the form at the link below. Your name, email address, and phone number are required.
PET BLESSING ~ Saturday, October 1, at the Picnic Shelter at 6:00 pm. A Prayer Service will precede the pet blessing. All are invited!
We are excited to announce that St.Thomas More is starting up a youth ministry program once again, called ACTS. This stands for Ambassadors for Christ in Today’s Society. Our focus is how our ACTions reflect what we stand for and who we are. We invite 6th, 7th and 8th grade children to join us for our first meeting on Sunday, October 16 at 6:00 pm in the library.