Backpacks for Deer Lake

Thank you to everyone who donated to “Backpacks for Deer Lake”, the first of our 60th Anniversary North of 60 projects, the response was overwhelming!You donated 195 backpacks packed full of:

  • 23 packs of sticky notes
  • 152 Binders
  • 126 packs of pencil crayons
  • 202 packs of lined paper
  • 261 note books
  • 89 packs of crayons
  • 81 packs of markers
  • 290 erasers
  • 175 packs of pencils
  • 78 rulers
  • 15 geometry sets
  • 486 duo tangs
  • 38 packs of highlighters
  • 230 glue sticks
  • 107 pencil cases
  • 137 packs of pens
  • 40 pairs of scissors
  • 24 calculators
  • 151 Pencil sharpeners
  • 20 tape
  • 30 glue bottles
  • 10 staplers

Plus snacks, clothing, shoes, combs, craft items, books, lunch bags, toothbrushes, and personal items. Every pocket of every backpack was stuffed, and many families wrote notes wishing the recipients “good luck” for the new school year. The back packs were picked up earlier this week and are on their way north to be distributed. Thank you so much for embracing the children of Deer Lake as St. Francis would have. Continue reading

Saint Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi – The Story Behind the Saint



Francesco di Bernardone lived from 1182 to francis of assisi

While his father was away on business he was actually baptized Giovanni after St. John the Baptist.  But later his father, wanting not a “holy man” but a “business man”, and wanting to strengthen business ties with France, named him Francesco – which literary means Frenchman.

He grew up in wealth and lived a life of prosperity as a youth. He sought fame and power and nobility.

When the city state of Perugia was at war with the city state of Assisi, Francis became a soldier to fight against the enemy. Later, wanting to be a knight, he was on his way to fight in the fourth Crusade but strangely felt called by God to return to Assisi.

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Welcome to St. Francis of Assisi Parish

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.

Where there is hatred… let me sow Love.
Where there is injury… Pardon.
Where there is doubt… Faith.
Where there is despair… Hope.
Where there is darkness… Light.
And where there is sadness… Joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life. Amen

~ St. Francis of Assisi