PARISH UPDATE | October 24, 2020
During this seventh week, we focus on Care for God’s Creation. Beginning with Pope St. John Paul II through Pope Francis, care for creation has been an integral part of Catholic social teaching. “Everything is connected. Concern for the environment thus needs to be joined to a sincere love of our fellow human beings and an unwavering commitment to resolving the problems of society…we human beings are united as brothers and sisters on a wonderful pilgrimage woven together by the love God has for each of his creatures.” (#92,93 Pope Francis) When we do things to protect the earth and care for it, we show reverence for God, the creator of all. Under this principle fall issues such as laws governing corporate and individual use of environmental resources - including land, water, and air - which impact all living things.
“I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.”
Ecclesiastes 3:12
 
Many are familiar with Ecclesiastes 3:1-9, A Time for Everything. No matter what each of us may have experienced in life, these verses speak to each of us in a way that is easily understood as we find it rather relatable to our own diverse experiences. With the various seasons our lives move through, we know that “time now” isn’t always the same as “time then.” Priorities change. Our needs change. Our routines change. But best of all, and by the grace of God, we change. No matter what season you are in, we encourage you to lean into God’s promise of a happy, full, and abundant life found in Him. Our parish has been blessed with many wonderful and spiritually fulfilling ministries in which we can strengthen and deepen our relationship with God, allowing ourselves to be vessels of His love and grace to others. As you reflect on the Stewardship 101 piece this week regarding “time” and “treasure,” we hope you find this reminder of our various parish ministries helpful as God speaks to your heart.
Last Weekend to Donate: COATS FOR KIDS

WDTN Coats for Kids in partnership with Catholic Social Services is sponsoring a clothing drive now through this Sunday, October 25th. Please consider donating new or gently used coats that can be sent through an industrial washer (no fur, leather, or anything un-washable).

PLEASE DONATE: 
Children's coats (infant through teenager sizes)
  • Although the focus is on children’s coats, adult coats will be accepted.

SVDP Winter Clothing Drive
October 31 - November 22 | St. Christopher Church Entrance

Look for the decorated boxes in the church entrance for the annual collection of hats, scarfs & gloves for men, women and children.

New and gently used items are welcome.

Questions: contact Geraldine Reed
The 40 Days for Life campaign is happening now: Sept. 23rd - Nov. 1st. We invite you to come out to the sidewalk in front of 1401 E. Stroop Rd. in Kettering to pray for the moms, dads, babies, and workers who are entering the abortion facility. There are so many other options available to moms and you are a sign of hope & love when you are present.  The vigil runs daily between the hours of 7am until 7pm, and we are asking for just 1 hour of your time.  Please give prayerful consideration in light of our call to stewardship and the giving of our time, talent, and treasures. As often is the case, the giving of our time blesses both those we serve and ourselves.

JOIN US AT THE RALLIES
September 20 · October 18 · November 1  | @ 2 PM  | 1401 E. Stroop, Kettering
Worship and praise, great speakers, opportunities to get involved in defending life.
MOVIES AVAILABLE TO BORROW St Chris has the DVD movies “Gosnel” and “Unplanned”. "Gosnel" is about an abortionist in Philadelphia that was convicted for late term and post birth abortions. "Unplanned" is about the abortion clinic director, Abby Johnson, who quit when she actually saw an abortion and the true nature of Planned Parenthood. To borrow these DVD movies call the St Chris Administrative Assistant, Bonnie Prine, at the church office 937 898-3542, ext 101. Please return the DVDs to Bonnie as soon possible after you watch them so others may watch them.