PARISH UPDATE | SEPTEMBER 19, 2020
During this second week, we focus on the Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers. In our Catholic tradition, work is more than just a way to make a living; work is one of the ways we participate in the ongoing work of creation in our world. Those who are responsible for the employment of people have a special responsibility to make decisions that uphold the dignity and safety of workers and their rights. Those rights include being able to earn fair wages, to have productive work, and to have a say in decisions that affect them, including the right to organize. Under this principle fall issues such as living wages, fair hiring practices, availability of job training/skills, discrepancy in employment for women
and minorities, and job availability for thriving not just surviving.
FAMILY OF THE YEAR
McGarry Family awarded Family of the Year!

St. Christopher's Parish has a very active Knights of Columbus Council 12912. The Knights work continuously for a variety of charities, both inside and outside our church and school. Every year, our Council nominates a deserving family for the Family of the Year award within the Ohio Knights organization. This year, we nominated the McGarry Family. Dennis and Jami are models for their 2 children to instill the value and importance of charity in their lives. Dennis is an usher, a coach, a 4th degree knight and helps our council with many projects. His wife Jami is a Eucharistic Minister, a part of the welcome committee, has been an RCIA sponsor, and works with St. Chris school in a variety of ways. Their children, Brenden and Madelynn, are servers, active in scouting, and help with many volunteer projects at St. Chris. The list of charitable activities by this family are too numerous to mention here, but suffice it to say, that the McGarry’s were awarded THE Family of the Year out of the entire Cincinnati Archdiocese. Congratulations to the McGarry's, and we thank them for all that they do.
HAVE YOU HAD YOUR FLU SHOT YET?
Sunday, September 27 after 9am & 11am Mass

Parishioner Kylie Yenney will once again offer flu vaccinations through Rite Aid Pharmacy after the 9 am and 11 am masses on Sunday September 27th in the Bridal Room. QUAD influenza vaccinations (covering two strains of Flu A and two strains of Flu B) will be available to parishioners aged 7 and up. High dose vaccinations will also be available. For each person receiving the vaccine, a completed consent questionnaire and some sort of payment (medical/prescription coverage information or cash/check) will be required. If someone does not have insurance the QUAD vaccine is $39.99 and the high dose vaccine is $79.99. If you have questions, please contact Mary Lauterbach at (937) 898-3542 ext. 124!
GIFT GRADES 1-8: Wednesdays [7-8:10pm] beginning 9/23/20
FRESHMEN: 1st Sunday of the Month [10:30am-12pm] beginning 10/4/20
CONFIRMATION PREP: Parent/Youth Orientation Meeting 10/4/20 @ 7pm in the church

It's not too late - Register for Youth Faith Formation today!

Kid in sports? Need to keep your child at home?
We are also providing at-home learning options perfect for any need/schedule!
Are You Being Called?
Mass Coordinators Still Needed

HOW OFTEN:
1 Sunday, 11am Mass / Month
TIME COMMITMENT:
30 min. before & after Mass
DUTIES:
Unlocking/locking church doors, turning on/off lights, set things up for Mass in the Sanctuary and gift table, ensure the other required ministry (Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers, Servers) positions filled by volunteers scheduled or asking others to fill in, clean/purify all vessels used for Mass and put away.
FAMILIES: This could be a great family ministry opportunity for each member to contribute and serve in Christ's Church together.

CONTACT:
Kelly Schmitmeyer kschmitmeyer@scpchurch.org or call 937-538-1762
FOOD PANTRY DONATION REQUEST

The Vandalia-Butler Food Pantry is partnering up with several area churches and asking each to donate certain items. St. Christopher Parish has been asked to cover the need for spaghetti and spaghetti sauce.

If you are willing to donate spaghetti, spaghetti sauce, or any other non-perishable goods, please bring your donations to the church and place them on the carts located near the front and back entrances.
The 40 Days for Life campaign is about to begin: 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.
Miscarriage Support Gift
You and Your Baby Are Not Forgottten

Are you or someone you know grieving from a recent miscarriage? This difficult grieving process has moved the heart of a parishioner to create several miscarriage support totes filled with many wonderful items to help grieving mothers find comfort and healing in Christ through this wonderful and generous gift! Every life matters...every-single-one!

If you or someone you know has recently miscarried and could use a prayer-filled gift specific to help grieving parents, please reach out to Mary Lauterbach at the parish office.