Dear Parish Family,

Each year, on November 11th, our nation celebrates Veteranís Day. As stated by The Old Farmerís Almanac, Veterans Day, a U.S. federal holiday, is a time to honor and thank those who are serving or have served in the military and are still with us.

Note that Veterans Day is different than Memorial Day, which is a day to reflect and remember those who lost their lives in service to their country.

On Veterans Day, think about how you can show a veteran extra appreciation. Attend a Veterans Day parade or event in your area. Ask a veteran about their service and really listen. Visit a VA hospital. Display the flag to salute our veterans! See how to properly display the American Flag.
In Canada, November 11 is called Remembrance Day. This day, similar to Memorial Day, honors veterans who have died in service to their country.

It goes on to state:
Originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the signing of the agreement that ended World War I at 11:00 A.M., November 11, 1918, this federal holiday was changed to Veterans Day in 1954. At that time, it became a day to honor all the men and women who have served in the armed forces of the United States. Each year, special ceremonies are held at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. (cf. https://www.almanac.com/veterans-day)

This year, our nation will observe Veterans Day on Monday, November 12th, as the 11th falls on a Sunday. Please take time to thank the veterans you know for their service to our country. Men and women who have served, and are serving, in the military deserve our heartfelt gratitude. They and their loved ones often make great sacrifices so as to protect our nation and defend freedom around the world. I am proud to say that members of my own family and extended family have served, and are serving, in the Armed Forces. My nephew (and godson) is currently serving as an officer in the U.S. Army and is a graduate of U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. He just completed a tour of duty in South Korea.

Please pray for all our Veterans and those who currently serve. May God bless them and their loved ones.

May God bless America!

God bless you!

Fr. Dan Redmond
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Advent Wreath Making Event
All parish families are invited to attend our Second Annual Advent Wreath  Making Event sponsored by the Parish School of Religion and Evangelization Team.  Each family will have the opportunity to make one fresh cut evergreen Advent Wreath.  All materials to make this wreath will be supplied.  A light lunch of salad and pizza will be served and a good will offering will be taken to help offset expenses.  After the wreaths are completed, we will gather in the church for prayer and blessing of the wreaths.  All are welcome to participate in this beautiful Advent tradition.

Date:  Sunday, November 25th
Time:  1:00 pm (Following the 12:00 Noon Mass)
Where:  St. Mary Banquet Room and Cafeteria

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED BY SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18th

Please complete the reservation form here and return it to the Parish Office, PSR Office, or School Office by Sunday, Nov. 18th to ensure we have the needed materials.  The form may also be mailed to:  St. Mary Parish, 401 North Street, Chardon, OH  44024 or scanned and emailed to psroffice@stmarychardon.org.  Please contact the PSR Office at 286-6531 if you have any questions.

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Dear Women of the Parish,
You are invited to join the St. Mary Women of the Well Ministry at the Sixth Annual Womenís Day of Prayer.
Sat., December 1, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
St. Mary Banquet Room, 401 North Street Chardon OH 44024.
Registration forms, due November 23, may be found in the Gathering Space and here.
Please invite other women from your family and friends.
We will draw closer to the Lord on our Advent journey through reconciliation, Mass, food, friendship, & much more! A light breakfast and lunch will be provided.
There is no fee, but we will have a free will offering at the end of the day. Thank you!

Please bring your Bible, rosary, & a sweater or sweatshirt for layers.

If possible, please bring donations for A Kid at Art for the Heart: Gift Cards - Amazon, Walmart, Gas Card (where diesel is sold); supplies - paper towels, disinfectant wipes, Clorox spray cleaner, Lysol spray, window cleaner, dish soap, tissues (long boxes), sm. or lg. paper plates, round coffee filters, Q-Tips, cotton balls, baby wipes, tape (all types), food coloring, shaving cream, sm. Dixie cups.
Thank you!
For any questions, please call Mary Liggett at (440) 286-1535.