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Thursday, January 19th, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin at 12:30 p.m.
St. Mary of the Lakes Church, School, Scouts, Shawnee High Students Make 2500 Sandwiches to Feed Hungry on Martin Luther King Day
(See Photos in above Carousel)
Hundreds of St. Mary of the Lakes Catholic Church and School, Parish Ministries, Cub Scouts Pack 108, Rancocas Valley High School Christian Athletes Club, and Shawnee High School NHS students joined in full force on Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16th, at St. Mary of the Lakes School Auditorium, and with almost military precision, prepared over 2500 sandwiches and snack bags to feed the hungry. The bags were then delivered to agencies and organizations in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area that feed the homeless and hungry.
Linda Xerri, the event’s creator and Youth Minister at St. Mary of the Lakes, came up with the idea because, she says, for many years, Martin Luther King Day has been known as a national day of service. “So the idea was to hold a parish-wide event that would bring together our youth, parents, and parishioners to honor Martin Luther King and his legacy of peaceful co-existence and helping people. He said in 1957 that his most persistent question at that time was, ‘What are you doing for others?’ And that question still persists today, 50 years later. So that’s why we are here. We are doing for others – we are being the hands and feet of Christ for others.”
The group delivered 200 snack bags, with items donated by the Campbell Soup Company, to Sacred Heart students in Camden, 300 lunch bags to St. John’s Hospice in Philadelphia, as well as to Angel of God Community Outreach in Pitman, Cathedral Kitchen and Joseph House in Camden, Chosen Ministries, Project Home, and New Jerusalem in Philadelphia, Christian Caring Center in Pemberton/Browns Mills and Beacon of Hope Church in Mt. Holly, NJ.
“We are grateful to everyone who helped us prepare over two thousand lunch bags. Our appreciation also goes to the Campbell Soup Company, to Murphy's Markets, to Zallies ShopRite of Medford whose employees sliced luncheon meats and local DJ Bob Marsdale for playing music throughout the day keeping everyone upbeat. It was an amazing day!"
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8th Graders Create "Cozies for Chemo" Patients
8th graders got together last week to create 24 "Cozies for Chemo" which were then distributed to CHOP's oncology center and other area cancer facilities. Students brought their own blanket materials and tools to make the "cozies." Special thanks to catechist Kristen Hurley and parishioner Kara White for creating the opportunity, for demonstrating how to make the blankets, and for helping to get them distributed!
Daily Mass Schedule Changes for January
(Also listed Under Mass Times)
January 2nd-21st, 2017—M ,W, F 7:15 a.m.
January 2nd-21st, 2017—Tues, Thurs, Sat 9:00 a.m.
SML School Celebrates Catholic Schools Week Beginning Sunday, January 29th, with 12:15 Mass at School
In honor of Catholic Schools Week, SML School will begin by celebrating Mass at the school on January 29th at 12:15 p.m. and hosting an Open House from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please be sure to tell your friends and family members whose children are not already enrolled to visit with teachers and tour the school that day or to call (609) 654-2546, Ext. 210 to arrange another time for a tour and/or for an information packet.