A blog article by Patricia Geise
Together with parishes around the diocese, members of St. Anthony of Padua parish are growing in their faith by particip-ating in the process called "Why Catholic: Journey Through the Catechism", by Renew International.
Over the last several years, we deepend ourselves in prayer, the sacraments, and the creed. This fourth year deals with Christian morality - wwe seek to live a good life. A good life includes help-ing others. Each small group was encouraged to do something as a group to help other people. Patricia Geise reports:
Our Why Catholic group calls itself the Why Nots - as in, why NOT Catholic? And we have been industrious for babies and families!
At the outlet mall in Fremont there is a Carter's children's clothing store. Each year, this national chain (part of OshKosh B'gosh) con-ducts a drive called "Carter's PJ Program: Give Good Nights and Good Days to Children in Your Community". The store accepts pj donations from shoppers over the Christmas Season. People are generous beyond belief, notably at our local Carter's.
Women's Care Center of Northeast Indiana in Auburn (WCC-Auburn) has been selected as recipient from Carter's at Fremont outlet mall. Our parish supports the WCC, as well as the CareNet women's centers, in many ways. The Why Nots decided that we could support the WCC-Auburn by supporting Carter's Christmas PJ Program!
So, the Why Nots devoted an Advent evening to sorting, tagging, and putting on hangers 200 pairs of pajamas. It was a wonderful evening!
We all agree that joining a Why Catholic group at St. Anthony's has enriched and personalized our Catholic faith. And, what a bonus to reach out to others, working together!
WWC-Auburn is thrilled to have received this plentiful gift from Carter's. We, the Why Nots, hope to build awareness among our parishioners of this act of kindness by a local retail store.
submitted by Patricia Geise, Dec. 20, 2019