Central City Ministry School
E-Newsletter

Love God. Love Others. That's It!
The staff and students of Queen of Apostles and Rosary Cathedral Schools wish blessings on all our friends and donors in the New Year.
Camp Magis
Counselors from Camp Magis, a program from West Virginia, traveled to Toledo and shared their love for students, service and God with the 7 th and 8 th graders from CCMT. Students from CCMT spent two days learning about service, soul searching how they could provide service to others and participated in team building, trust exercises, prayer and meditation.

Each day camp counselors met the students at St. Patrick of Heatherdowns Holy Family Center where they participated in trust exercises, made blankets for those in need, practiced team work while trying to get their teammates “off the island” using two wooden planks and eight blocks and so much more. Each time the students moved to a different “station” for a new experience they took part in prayer, sharing and discussion related to saints, service and the Bible.

A special expression of gratitude to The Andersons for providing the funds to bring this camp experience to the students, St. Patrick of Heatherdowns for use of the Holy Family Center and Barry Bagels for their donation of bagels.

PJ Collection
The students at Rosary Cathedral Catholic School took part in a pajama collection sponsored by Scholastic Books. Scholastic asked schools to collect pajamas that would then be donated to local shelters and for each pair collected a book would also be donated to the shelter.
The collection was a huge success. Thanks to the students, their families, teachers, staff and parishioners of Rosary Cathedral, 89 pairs of pajamas were collected! Thank you to all who helped make this a success.

The Andersons Christmas Celebration
On December 7th students at Queen of Apostles experienced an outpouring of love and generosity that brought tears to the eyes of many. In November students were given Angel Tree Ornament and asked to write down three things they would like Santa to bring them for Christmas. These ornaments were then added to a tree at The Andersons headquarters in Maumee where within two hours all ornaments were claimed.

On this day in December, with snow falling outside, Santa arrived with seven “elves” and Christmas came early for the students, teachers and staff of Queen of Apostles. Santa went into each room, gathered the children around him and talked with them about the true meaning of Christmas, what they liked most about the season and then…Santa gave each child their gift. The love and generosity poured out by The Andersons employees was heartwarming and to witness this act first hand was something never to be forgotten.

Santa’s elves were on hand to help the children with their gifts. Some to remove radio controlled cars from the boxes they were strapped into, others inserting needed batteries or following instructions to build Lego sets. There were baby dolls to be admired and new board games to be played with friends, but most importantly were the expressions of love and gratitude from each and every child and the delight on their faces. This was truly a day to remember.

The Andersons did not forget about the teachers and staff! They, too received gift cards for places like ABC School Supply, Office Max, Home Depot – all so they could buy needed supplies for the school and of course the ever needed paper! Boxes and boxes of copy paper – better known as liquid gold in a school!
Local High Schools Spread Holiday Cheer
St. John's Jesuit High School
The young men at St. John’s Jesuit High School volunteer throughout the year at both CCMT schools tutoring students of all ages. They come to the school during regular school hours and provide not only their tutoring skills but mentoring and become peers for the students. But their generosity doesn’t end when they leave the building!

St. John’s bussed students from both schools in grades K – 1 to their high school on Airport Highway and hosted a Christmas party including hot lunch, games and presents. This generosity is repeated year after year by the young men from St. John’s. A heartfelt thank you to St. John’s not only for the Christmas generosity but the dedication to CCMT provided by being present in the schools throughout the year. Truly “Men for Others.”

St. Francis de Sales High School
St. Francis de Sales High School invited 2 nd grade students to their school on December 16 th for a Christmas party. For those able to attend, the children were given doughnuts and cider, played games and were each given a Christmas gift.

The party is hosted each year by students involved in Interact, the high school level club of Rotary International. The members of Interact are encouraged to practice the four way test which is the premise of Rotary International – Service above Self: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Cardinal Stritch School
Money collected during an alumni basketball tournament was donated to Rosary Cathedral Catholic School for Christmas gifts for students.

SAVE THE DATE
URBAN ALL AMERICAN
May 22, 2018

Please save the date of May 22, 2018 for our Urban All American event to be held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Toledo. We feel it is important to bring this event back to downtown where it originated and where our schools are located.