Know Your Fellow Parishioner: The Rice Family

As the Saint Damien Parish religious education program begins with all-remote learning this fall, parent volunteers Lorie and Brad Rice are optimistic. “We have a beautiful, new curriculum,” Lorie explained.  “Every grade will be learning the same thing at the same time, just at different age levels, so it should …

Know Your Fellow Parishioner: Ursula Russo

Say hello to Ursula Russo, the newest adult Catholic in Saint Damien Parish.   Ursula’s confirmation was delayed when the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the church during Lent. But in June, when masses resumed, she was received into the church.  Her sponsor was her daughter, Christine Leonetti.  In the Fall of 2019, Ursula …

Know Your Fellow Parishioner: Gerry Barsotti

Some people know her as the Haiti Lady who collects school supplies and shoes for children in need.  But, in fact, Gerry Barsotti loves the whole world. Gerry’s involvement with the Haitian community of Lamontagne Jacmel began through her son Domenic, who helped to install water purification systems in the …

Know Your Fellow Parishioner: Becky Albertson

Sometimes God works through miscommunication.  As a godparent to four children enrolled in religious education classes, Becky Albertson thought she was supposed to help them find a yearlong service project.  By the time she discovered that the requirement was for only one day of service, it was too late.  Becky …