Dear Sisters & Brothers in Christ,

You've heard us talking about our new Adopt-a-Student program. Well, our students have signed up, so now it's your turn. We are now looking for some parishioners to participate. We have about 15 students, and I think it would be great if each student is "adopted", (maybe supported is a better word), by more than one parishioner. We will have a sign-up sheet at the yard-side usher's table. We would like your name, mailing & email address, phone #, and if you attended college yourself, what college/university you attended, your major, and fraternity/sorority, if you likewise joined one of those.

After we get people matched up, we are asking that you pray for the students, send them an occasional note or letter letting them know of your prayers and support. It would also be nice if you send them holiday & birthday cards, and perhaps include a gift card from our gift card program. We will have a list of suggested cards for a college student. We will also take care of sending each student a copy of the bulletin and an occasional mass CD. We are also going to send each eligible student $100 for books and incidentals. This will come from what is still in our old Scholarship Fund.

I have also had a thought about helping children at the other end of the spectrum. I have been inspired by a program that the city has started, in which, they use parking meter money to give all kindergarten students a $50 college fund. I would like to start giving each child, (age limits to be determined), that is baptized here at The Rock a $50 college fund. Currently that's an average of about 10-12 children. Parents could then add to it as the child grows, and perhaps encourage family and friends to do the same. These funds would also come from our old Scholarship Fund. Of course, this means that we will have to start a couple of fundraising programs to replenish that Fund. One simple thing we could begin right now is the "Coins for College Drive" that we used to do.

We are currently discussing the technicalities of this idea and what would have to be done to set up such accounts and who exactly would be eligible. So keep an eye on the bulletin for further details. If you have an opinion about either of these programs, or would like to help in some way, please let Joyce or myself know. So start saving that change, and let us keep all of our children in our prayers.

In the Redeemer,

Fr. Rick