Thank you all those who so generously donated toys and money to our Parish Social Ministry this Thanksgiving and Christmas. Each contribution is certainly known and appreciated, though your thank you comes to you here as very important parts of a special group: good and faithful followers of Jesus’ message to help the least of our sisters and brothers. This year our parish gave the following to our ministry of reaching out to those less fortunate than ourselves:
Monetary donations, which assist all year long with rent, utility, etc.: $8,692
Gift cards, for food or other necessary items: $1,330
Thanks again for helping some very needy people make Thanksgiving and Christmas merrier and brighter! May God abundantly bless you and your families in this New Year!
Very much gratitude, Sister Barbara

Food Cupboard
Our February food collection will be on the weekend of February 6 & 7.

Bereavement Ministry
The death of someone important to you – whether it is a spouse, a parent, a sibling, a friend, or a child – is a difficult and highly emotional experience. Your grief journey can be overwhelming or even confusing at times. The Bereavement Ministry of Mary, Mother of the Redeemer, in conjunction with St. Stanislaus Parish, is here to help you, guide you, and prayerfully support you as you heal.
Beginning in September, on the second Thursday of each month, there will be a general support group meeting offered at the two parishes. There will be a morning session offered at MMR from 10 to 11:30 am, and an evening session offered at St. Stanislaus from 7 to 8:30 pm. These sessions will be structured with a particular topic presented by trained facilitators, followed by group sharing and discussion. Bereaved adults are welcome to attend any or all meetings. Remaining topics and dates:
February 11, 2016: Surviving Stress and Loneliness
March 10, 2016: Feelings of Denial, Bargaining, and Guilt
April 14, 2016: Feelings of Anger and Depression
May 12, 2016: Connecting with God through Grief
June 9, 2016: Helping Children Cope with Grief
July 14, 2016: The Value of Memories
These groups are offered to all, parishioners and non-parishioners, Catholic and non-Catholic, with no fee and with no pre-registration necessary. If you are unable to attend the group, but are in need of support, our ministry can also offer one-to-one, compassionate listening.