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Sunday, 19 December 2010 09:26

‘Catholic Crew’ earning way to March for Life

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The combined youth group of Mother of Perpetual Help Parish, Maryville and Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Collinsville are holding their first-ever pancake and sausage breakfast on Jan. 2, 2011 at the Mother of Perpetual Help parish center.

The youth group, which has recently dubbed themselves the “Catholic Crew,” is holding the breakfast to help raise last-minute funds needed to attend the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. The Mother of Perpetual Help Men’s Club is helping the teens with the breakfast, said Marilyn Unnerstall, volunteer youth coordinator for the parish. “We’re relying on their expertise,” she said.

“We have about 18 to 20 kids going on the trip and a lot of the parents are going this year. They’ve already raised a lot of the money. For example, this fall we sold evergreen wreaths and the parents are helping to pay for some of it,” Unnerstall said. “But with the economy the way it is and prices going up, we need to raise more money in order to go.”

The combined youth group, led by long-time youth minister Becky Bauerle, will be leaving on the afternoon of Jan. 21 and will participate in the march on Jan. 24. They’ll return home the next morning.

“I’ve been helping out with the trip for about five years,” said Unnerstall, adding that she is always proud of the students she accompanies on the trip. “They are all so well behaved. It’s just amazing.”

Note:  The pancake and sausage breakfast to benefit March for Life attendees will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 at the Mother of Perpetual Help parish center in Maryville. Tickets are $5 per person, $3.50 per child age 7 or younger, or $15 per family for families with four or more members.