St. John the Baptist packs Christmas items for Kentucky missions

For the past 33 years, parishioners of all ages at St John the Baptist Church in Vermillion have joined forces with many area parishes to donate Christmas gifts to support Catholic missionary efforts in Kentucky, a project originally headed by the Council of Catholic Women. The mission effort support over 600 families, youth, and the elderly who may not have the good fortune to receive any gifts at Christmas time. In early November, a group of parishioners packed the unwrapped gifts at St. John's into 30 boxes and 56 shoeboxes. They will now be loaded on a semi-trailer donated by Terminal Transport Company of Roseville and driven to the Pikeville and Beattyville, KY communities.

In 2013, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis launched the Papal Footprints program, which now together with the CCW, encourages every family to generously fill a shoebox with gift items that would appeal to children and adults of all ages, ensuring each resident receives a gift for Christmas. According to Pope Francis, "To change the world we just be good to those who cannot replay us."