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The brisk cold days of Fall are here. November, with Veterans Day celebrations and the opening of the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry on Nov. 9 provided respect for the past, and a new beginning for the future for our community of Calhoun. The food pantry is located at 105 French Street across from the American Legion on the north, and the Dollar General on the West. A newly erected St. Vincent DePaul sign is in view to lead you to the building.
The hours of operation for people using the food pantry are Wednesday and Thursday from 11 to 3 p.m. Tuesday is a day for volunteers to get ready for the people, and is only open for volunteers. Volunteers getting ready for the Food Bank arrive at 9 a.m. and stay until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Nutritious food is available once a week as needed to Calhoun residents who sign up on required forms. A clothing store is in place for people in need of clothing.
Volunteers are in place to assist you when you arrive to take you through the steps to get signed up and go through the steps to get your food from the pantry to your car.
The St. Louis food bank delivers food to the facility. Volunteers are working to get the food to you. Robin Hillen is the Food Pantry Manager and has her team of volunteers in place to get the food to the people. Stop by to sign up and to get information to pass on to others.
The St. Vincent DePaul Society helps people with rent, utilities, GED, mortgage, and assistance with other agencies. Call the hotline number to reach a volunteer. The number is 618-310-1141.
The Batchtown Woman’s Club will meet this Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 6:30 p.m. The ladies will discuss the success of Halloween Night Trick or Treating at the Village Hall. Marcy Klockenkemper and Barb Margherio were there with bags of candy for the children and adults who came in costumes for a treat and fun.
The ladies will also talk about and plan for the Christmas Fruit Baskets for shut-ins, those who have been ill, and or now recovering, and those who have lost a loved one. A time and place to make the fruit baskets near Christmas, a brunch together, and gift exchange will be discussed among the members.
Good news, Kyle Klocke is recovering at home after a recent deer hunting accident. We wish you continued good health.
The Fill Inn Station served Turtle Soup as a special Sunday. Everyone enjoyed the soup on a cold day.
The Calhoun Entertainment Company has announced that their Christmas Concert is Dec. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Hardin Presbyterian Church. Refreshments and a free will offering will follow. It gets you in the Christmas spirit.
The Parish Mission conducted by Father John Doctor this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings, Nov. 14, 15, and 16 at St. Norbert’s Church was well attended. Father John was sponsored by St. Francis of Assisi Parish for all parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi Parish and Blessed Trinity Parish. The title of the Mission is “Becoming a Eucharistic People. There was a mass at 6 p.m. each night and the Mission at 7 p.m., with a gathering time and refreshments from 8:30 to 9 p.m.
Father John became a member of the Order of Friars Minor in l967 and in 1976 he was ordained a Franciscan priest. He also holds a Master’s Degree from Duquesne University in Ongoing Spiritual Formation. He is presently Vice President for Mission and Ministry at Quincy University and is also Provencal Ministry for his Franciscan Community in Quincy. Father John said, “I always wanted to be a priest.” His enthusiasm, knowledge, conviction, and spiritual zest to stay the course in prayer and the mass, and the commitment to work with others for the common good.
We are happy to say that Robbie Longnecker is recuperating at home after a recent stay in the hospital.
Give us Daily Awareness
On life’s busy thoroughfares
We meet with angels unaware –
So, Father make us kind and wise
So we may always recognize
The blessings that are ours to take,
The friendships that are ours to make
If we but open our heart’s door wide
To let the sunshine of love inside.
– Helen Steiner Rice