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Thanks, Sacred Heart Parishioners!

Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity (CMHFH) sent the parish a nice thank-you regarding our efforts with the Habitat 500 and Build for Unity family and home. Here are a few of the words of that note - "Great Job, Sacred Heart Team. You really modeled Christian hospitality!"and "Your parish has been such a blessing to us. - Bruce Johnson, Executive Director and Kris Lehmann, CMHFH


Just a big THANKS to all of you who prepared, served, cleaned up, and/or prayed this past week as both the Habitat 500 bikers and hungry students appreciated and enjoyed meals served by Sacred Heart parishioners. I was reminded that we really are the hands, feet, and hearts of Christ. Thanks again and God's richest blessings. Greg (on behalf of outreach ministries).

Build for Unity Wall Raising
Dear Faith Partners,
I hope you can join us at our Build for Unity Wall Raising next Wednesday, June 28 at Noon. The address of the site is 1938 Benton Drive, Sauk Rapids.
There is limited parking on the site and we are not allowed to park on Benton Drive, so plan on parking at Bridge Community Church (1702 W. Highview Drive, just north of the Habitat site). We will provide a shuttle service to the Wall Raising.

I’ve attached the invite with more details as well as a recent picture of the partner family. Deeq is a cultural specialist for the St. Cloud School District. Nasra works at a day care center in St. Cloud.

Through our Build for Unity project we are striving to bring people of different ages, races, cultures and faiths together. I hope you will consider bringing guests that reflect the beautiful diversity we have in the St. Cloud area!

Let me know if you plan to attend!

Kris Lehman, Faith Relations Coordinator
Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity
3335 West Saint Germain Street, Suite 108, St. Cloud, MN 56301

Uganda Kids Choir
June 12, 2017

For more information, contact:
Vickie Mickelson (360)-647-2283

Ugandan Kids Spread Hope for Children in Poverty

Sauk Rapids, MN – The Ugandan Kids Choir, a group of ten talented Ugandan children, has announced that they will be performing at Living Waters Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids on Sunday, July 9th at 6:30 pm.
All ten children have been given hope through Childcare Worldwide’s Sponsorship Program and now they are here to spread that hope to audiences all across the United States. The choir has performed nationwide at churches, schools, at Disneyland, on King 5 Television’s “New Day Northwest,” at Qwest Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks.
These children delight audiences with traditional African songs and dances. Megan DiRienzo, Curator of Education at the San Angelo Museum of Fine arts says, “All of you have amazing talents, beautiful voices and some serious dance skills! A performance like yours was a once in a lifetime opportunity. We fully support you on your mission to end child poverty!”
The Ugandan Kids Choir is a ministry of Childcare Worldwide, which has been dedicated to empowering children in the developing world since 1981. Through child sponsorship, Childcare Worldwide brings hope to children in need by providing them with an education that will set them up for future employment and break the cycle of poverty in their lives.
By coming to this event, you will enjoy traditional African song and dance, as well as help children in need all around the world. So don’t miss this unique and authentic performance by the children of the Ugandan Kids Choir.
For more information about our organization or to view our tour schedule please visit our website www.childcareworldwide.org/choir

YES Network
The Yes Network is a cluster of Saint Cloud area neighborhoods in which a significant number of families live below the poverty line or are considered the "working poor." A unifying energy is their shared interest in working together to improve the quality of life for their children and their families. The Yes Network’s mission is to create vibrant, loving, prosperous neighborhoods through their presence and engagement with kids, families and community members. They do this by responding to neighborhood-identified needs and ensuring that those most affected by a problem are engaged in developing the solutions. In the Saint Cloud School District, 4,353 children are eligible for free and reduced price meals. Research has shown that many kids who rely on school meals struggle to get enough to eat during the summer months. For food-insecure children and teens, summer vacation can be a time to dread. It is the hungriest time of the year. Currently only 12% of the meals that are available through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program are being accessed. In addition, many families experiencing poverty do not have access to community programs for their children during the summer months.

The YES Network has identified an area in Sauk Rapids that will benefit from nutritious, delicious lunches for kids. Sacred Heart's commitment would be to provide 2 - 3 volunteers to serve already-prepared hot lunches in Sauk Rapids near apartments in the Good Shepherd area of Sauk Rapids. The time commitment would be from 12:00 noon through 1:00 pm. The weeks we have as a parish are June 26th - 30th, July 10th - 14th and July 31st - August 4th. If you would be willing to help please call the parish office at 320-251-8115.

The Sacred Heart Friends in Need Program is responsible for delivering to the local food shelves, all donated food and household items given at Sacred Heart Church.

For more information on Friends In Need, "http://sacredheartsaukrapids.org/friends-need">click here.

For information on energy assistance, click here.

CENTRAL MINNESOTA HABITAT FOR HUMANITY VOLUNTEERS For more information on Sacred Heart Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity volunteers click on the link below. "https://www.dropbox.com/s/sttvlx4ju7fkra7/Faith%20Jim%20Trout%20Sacred%2...>

On The first Sunday of Advent, the parishioners are invited to take a tag from the Advent Giving Tree in the Gathering space at church which lists the specific needs of an individual or family from the parish and surrounding area. The wrapped and labeled gifts are distributed to the families or individuals on the fourth Sunday of Advent.

Volunteers provide food, beverages, and a friendly smile as they serve the parishioners after each week end Liturgy in the Gathering Space at church.

Throughout the year members of the parish assist in the distribution of food and clothes at Catholic Charities’ emergency services building.

This support groups meets monthly (usually the 1st Wed. of each month) to pray, faith share, work on projects and plan various events during the year. This group sews prayer blankets for the sick of the parish and for the new babies.

Enjoy a great supper on St. Patrick’s Day!
Start out your St. Patrick Day’s celebration with the Nun Banquet, a casual supper hosted by the Sisters at St. Benedict’s Monastery. This year’s soup supper, which features all you can eat soup, homemade bread & cookies is on Friday, March 17, from 4:30-7:00 PM at the St. Benedict’s Monastery Dining Room (Enter in the Sacred Heart Chapel Gathering Place). All proceeds from the Nun Banquet will go to Central MN Habitat for Humanity for the Build for Unity project. For more information, call 320-363-7100 or visit www.sbm.osb.org

Calling all skilled construction workers…
Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity has a very ambitious year coming up. We have four builds and several rehab projects (part of our Neighborhood Revitalization program) scheduled from now to November. We are looking for individuals skilled in construction to help lead small groups of people on our construction sites. The time commitment is flexible. Even one or two days a month would help us greatly! If you are interested, please contact Melanie Blake at 320-248-8256 or melanieblake@cmhfh.org.

Like to Bike?
Central Minnesota Habitat for Humanity is seeking bike riders interested in participating in the Habitat 500, a week-long, 500-mile ride that raises funds and awareness for Habitat. The dates of the 2017 ride are July 9-15. This year’s route is in Central Minnesota and includes time in and around St. Cloud. 3-day and 1-day options are also available. For more information, go to www.habitat500.org. If you have questions, contact Kris Lehman at 320-241-8662 or klehman@cmhfh.org.