As we enter the new Fraternal Year (F/Y), there are a few Community updates that I want to share.
First is the new Catholic Citizenship Essay Topic for 2022-2023 which is: “In an essay of 500- 750 words, explain how young Catholics can evangelize our faith to families and friends who have turned away from religion and encourage them to return to the Church and embrace the sacraments?”
Speaking of the Essay, in the last F/Y just ending, the 9th grade winner of the International Essay Competition was “Brandon Busch” from our Fort Wayne Council 17446. Congratulations to Brandon and his Council for submitting several entries.
The “Leave No Neighbor Behind” program will no longer offered for the upcoming F/Y. We’ve been asked to put more emphasis on Habitat for Humanity, the Global Wheelchair Mission and the Hockey and Soccer challenges. Furthermore, as the nationwide shortage of blood is reaching a critical stage, we implore you to sponsor blood drives as often as possible to meet this challenge head on.
Habitat is not just building a house, but also supporting that activity such as preparing meals for the workers, outside clean up, planting flowers or other landscaping projects. Remember that councils can join together on the Wheelchair mission and order directly to American Wheelchair at the same price as last year of $150 USD /chair.