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Welcome Father Bob!
Christ Child Members were lucky to have the new pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Parish celebrate mass with us at the home of Angeli Breen. He referred to the days reading and gospel and how it is easier to answer God’s call when a friend invites you to do something than when you may hear God calling you directly—when we are more apt to say, “no, not me!” So we have to be more willing to accept God’s invitation like we would accept a friends. He spoke about the special connection that comes from having a friend ask you to join them in volunteer work, and how effective that can be. He also referred to our founder, Mary Virginia Merrick, and how her physical disabilities did not hinder her in helping children, and in fact, inspired others to follow her example. We had a record number of members come to welcome Father Bob, and we thank him for taking the time to get to know the Christ Child Society of Summit a little better, and lend us his spiritual guidance.
Showers of Gratitude
The sun was shining on our 11th Annual Baby Shower on March 30th! Many friends, members and guests came out to support the Christ Child Society of Summit and our layette program. We received many generous donations of baby clothes and funds to help purchase them. We were lucky to have Maria Velasquez-Knight, the social worker from Overlook Hospitals HealthStart Clinic, speak to us about the impact our layettes have on the families who receive them. We are always so grateful to hear stories about how we have touched lives with our work.
Thank you to What a Dish for catering a fantastic lunch, to Wool and Grace for donating a door prize of wool and knitting lessons, to our event chairs, Lynne Strabley and Beth Tully, and to all the people that helped make the day a success.
A Great Way to Start the Day!
We gathered 30-strong at Claire Toths home to celebrate our February Home Mass. What a great way to start the day!
Outside the weather was drizzly and gloomy, but inside Monsignor Guenther was talking to us about light — the light that each of us has and that we bring to all the children that we reach through the Christ Child Society and its programs. He shared how important it is for each person to be affirmed and how each of us provides that affirmation to the children through our personal service, whether we actually get to meet them or not, because our work shows that someone out there cares.
Thank you to Claire for hosting and to Monsignor for inspiring us!
Purls of Wisdom...
“Knitting is clothing made in spare moments, or round the fire, whenever women gathered together... Its something to celebrate-clothes made in love and service, something women have always done.”
― Anne Bartlett, Knitting
The knitting event we had on Friday was certainly something to celebrate! We had ladies from St Teresas Prayer Shawl Group, our CCS members, and newcomers join us at our second gathering of the Knitting Angels. It was a fun and productive gathering of ladies with varied talents in both knitting and crochet. We compared and complimented each others tiny toppers in progress, and happily continued our new”tradition” of coming together to make hats for newborns to include in our layettes. Stay tuned for info on our next gathering, and just keep knitting!!
Sew a Mile for the Babies!
|Theresa and Cheryl with mountains of fleece!|
Once again, we made our pre-dawn pilgrimage to Joannes Fabrics in Succasunna last week to purchase fleece for Blankets for Babies Day. The staff at Joannes generously and graciously opens the store early so they can help us gather, sort, and cut all the fleece we need. Our purchase of fleece is made possible by a generous grant from Summit Elks Lodge #1246. We are so grateful for their support, and have stretched their dollars using discounts and coupons—reducing our fleece cost to a mere $4.16/yd. Cant beat that!! Even more impressive are these numbers:
We purchased 481.5 yards of fabric, or enough to make 321 blankets. Taking into account the 12 inches of fringe on each blanket, and multiplying the linear feet by 4 since we sew two sides of the blanket then topstich the two sides again, we will sew 4,494 feet or 1,498 yards! At 1,760 yards in a mile, that makes .85 MILES OF SEWING. Adding the 53 blankets that need partial sewing (in process from last year), that is A MILE OF SEWING FOR THE BABIES!
We couldnt do it without all of our helpers who cut, pin, iron, fringe, tie, and yes, SEW on Blankets for Babies Day! Cant wait to see you all on Wednesday, February 1st from 10 am to 8 pm at Memorial Hall! See our home page for more information and to sign up.
Making Tiny Toppers Together
A dozen or so members and friends of the Christ Child Society of Summit gathered at Cynthia Tarantinos house to make tiny toppers (baby hats) for our layettes. From experts to beginners just learning to cast on, everyone had a blast—eating, chatting, and knitting! Cant wait for our next opportunity to gather together to KNIT!
Make a Difference Day (MDDAY)!
Twenty-nine volunteers gathered on Oct. 22nd, our nation’s largest day of service, to make a difference in our community!
We prepared baby clothes for packing in our layettes, worked on fleece baby blankets, and knitted tiny toppers (baby hats) as part of Layettes of Love, a day of service in honor of our founder’s 150th birthday this fall. Mary Virginia Merrick, whose cause for canonization as a Catholic saint is open, gave us a legacy of care for children in need that continues to inspire us all. We are so proud to have shared this day of service with 30 other Christ Child Society chapters and 1600 volunteers around the country!
A Beautiful Morning to Reflect!
2016 Atlanta Convention: “Food for the Soul!”
What a great experience! I was fortunate enough to attend the National Christ Child Society Convention for the first time this year with Jane Murphy from our Summit Chapter which was held in Atlanta. Lambi Newsham from our Chapter did an amazing job orchestrating every detail for just shy of 90 of us. It was such an eye opening experience to see so many Chapters come together and share their initiatives and brainstorm how to be more effective and creative in our outreach.
There were too many highlights to mention them all but we had a beautiful experience at Elizabeth’s Garden at the Elaine Clark Center in Atlanta. The center serves children with special needs and the Atlanta Chapter has worked very hard to create a garden that touches these children in many ways. As said by the director of the Elaine Clark Center “the garden provides food for the soul” not just for the children but parents and teachers as well. This is just one example of an experience that brought me home excited and energized to continue to work with Christ Child to serve the needs of others.
The weekend came to an end with a beautiful mass at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta followed by a lovely cocktail party at the home of Kathy Thompson from the Atlanta Chapter. I feel very fortunate to have been able to attend and meet so many beautiful people who are definitely making our world a better place!
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