The Catholic Ministry to Sick and Aged sponsored its 39th annual picnic for area long term care facilities from the surrounding five counties June 8th. Nearly 200 residents and their caregivers attended the event which included a picnic, hot dogs, hamburgers with all the trimmings including dessert and ice cream. Another 50 volunteers set up tables and chairs, served drinks and food and danced with the residents.
There was a collaborative intergenerational spirit full of fellowship that permeated the day thanks to the high schoolers from St. Teresa, St. Clare, Corpus Christi, St. Nicholas and St. Michael/ St. John parishes. Special thanks to those who made monetary donations, including the Catholic War Veterans and their Auxiliary, the Knights of Columbus, and the Junior Service Club of St. Clair County. Kudos to the TARGET team for supporting the day with their endless energy. Thanks to ALL for sharing your time and talent in this Year of Mercy.
Connie Barre, assistant director, Catholic Ministry to Sick and Aged, Belleville
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