Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Our music ministry continues with participating in the St. Mary’s Saturday 4:30 pm and Sunday 11:00 am Mass choir. We also continue to participate in a Patriotic Rosary at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Queen Creek at 5:30 pm Arizona time on the last Sunday of each month. You can join in remotely on Facebook at Patriotic Rosary
Doro and Dan began serving as a Pet Therapy team every Friday morning at the nearby Sanborn Elementary Grade School in January while continuing to serve at Mercy Gilbert Hospital every Thursday afternoon. They were re-evaluated in November for another two years and received a perfect score. Doro turned 7 years old in July and has been a therapy dog for 5+ years.
Dan’s volunteer jobs have continued to expand as Programs Chair for the IEEE Phoenix Section of the Life Member Affinity Group (LMAG), Knights of Columbus Assembly 2536 Faithful Comptroller and Council 3121 Treasurer, and president of our HOA. He also judges science projects for the Paradise Valley Science and Engineering Fair.
Adding to our schedule were two bouts of COVID-19, both of us in June, and Dan in December. Unfortunately, our good friend Mary Hoye and her son Josh were unable to visit us as planned when they were in Arizona in June. Fortunately, she was able to return to Arizona in October and we celebrated her birthday here.
Kathy has joined the Martha and Mary Women’s Service group at St. Mary’s. This December, they hosted a 3-hour “Parent Afternoon Away” program to give parents time to themselves during the holiday season. The kids enjoyed coloring pictures, painting ornaments, and other activities.