The fifth through eight graders at St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth Catholic School have made a commitment to increase their stewardship for this school year. The money collected from children during the weekly Mass will be given to a variety of charities throughout the community. Annie Childers, a 6th grade Student Council member, shared with the students at Mass that “our job as Catholics is to be good stewards.” The students set a goal to raise $100.00 each month.
Mrs. Potchka, Assistant Principal, 8th Grade Teacher and Student Council Coordinator, thought that if someone from each charity came to speak to the children about their organization that it would help the children understand how they might be able to help. Each month they will select a different charity to help and ask a representative to speak to the students. Erin’s House for Grieving Children was recommended by Father Tim Wrozek as the first organization for this increased focus on stewardship. Father Tim was a priest at St. Charles Parish when Erin Farragh died, knew her and her family, and witnessed first hand the grief that the entire family suffered, including her younger brother and sister. Erin’s House was founded in honor and memory of Erin and all grieving children.
On Friday, October 10, on behalf of all of the generous students at St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth Catholic School, the Student Council presented Katie Burns, Development Director at Erin’s House for Grieving Children, a check for $415.22. Not only did the students surpass their goal, the parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church also held a collection for Erin’s House and raised over $600.00. “Erin’s House is really all about children helping other children through their grief, this is a beautiful example of children helping children by means of their stewardship. These children raised enough money to provide the cake for the birthday celebrations we have at Erin’s House for two months! It was great to see these children feel good about how they are making a difference,” said Mrs. Burns.
This increased focus on stewardship not only helps these fine organizations, who, in these challenging economic times truly welcome this assistance, but it also aids in the increased awareness of the different needs and services throughout our community. During the months of October and November, Vincent Village will be the recipient of the stewardship of these outstanding young citizens and Ms. Barbara Jones recently spoke with them.
For more information, please contact Erin’s House for Grieving Children at 260-423-2466 or by visiting the website at www.erinshouse.org.
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