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Rising above the odds to serve others

Sacred Heart Parish has become a “God wink” for a Huntington area food bank. “They’ve been an answer to prayer,” Janet Walker said about the parishioners of the Adams Avenue church. “It never fails if we are low on a certain item for that week’s distribution to families, Sacred Heart always ends up toting over exactly what was needed to fill the shelves,” Walker said. “It’s true. I shake my head sometimes thinking that this is definitely unexplainable.” #FaithInWV #GodWinkAtSacredHeart


Purls of Wisdom – Founder of South Charleston knitting ministry wraps despairing women and children with love

Her hands are withered with arthritis, but her kindheartedness is ever blooming. Mary Henderson can be described as a sweet 81-year-old lady, who wears her hair in a tidy braided bun, and walks softly wherever she goes. She is a graceful, gentle spirit, dedicating her time into fostering a ministry that wraps women and children in despair with love. “I wanted to do something to use my skills to help others,” she said. “I thought about how I could give back; and my first thought was, ‘I love to knit’, so why not?....” #FaithInWV #PurlsOfWisdom


Delivering smiles one stitch at a time

Beautiful things are coming together one stitch at a time in Huntington. Six years ago, Eileen Farren, of Sacred Heart Parish, learned about a special sewing project to help children in hospitals by giving them hand-sewn cheery cotton pillowcases - Ryan’s Case for Smiles. It is an ecumenical movement to help children who are going through a medical struggle of some sort. “We are doing the work God wants us to. We all hope to be a blessing.” #FaithInWV #SewMuchLove


Giving Hope in Follansbee – Retired teacher continues to nurture children in her community

Yes, there are angels among us! They show up every Friday. “Oh! My angel food! My angel was here again,” a teacher overheard a little girl say with excitement, when she went to her locker at the end of the school day and peered into her white grocery bag of surprises. That angel is Janet Ryan Benzo with a small legion of angels from St. Anthony’s Parish in Follansbee. #FaithInWV #GivingHopeInFollansbee


Blessed by Booth – Young cantor is blessed to be a blessing

Music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. Music is a significant part of our Eucharistic celebration. It is meant to draw us in and emphasize the meaning of the Liturgy. Sarah sweetly blushes with embarrassment when folks come up to her after Mass to express their gratitude, because her voice touched their heart. “That is exactly what I needed today,” said a visitor, who hugged Booth. #FaithInWV #BlessedByBooth