Luminary night raises awareness about homelessness

Members of the Saint Kateri Squires Circle celebrate after placing 300 Luminaries at Knoll Heights. (Photo provided).

Sparta - For the ninth consecutive year, the Columbian Squires Circle #5177 from Sparta held its annual Luminary night to raise awareness about the homeless and needy in Sussex County. Each year the Squires sell Luminary kits and collect donations to benefit Family Promise, the Samaritan Inn, the Book Bank Foundation, and the Sparta Food Pantry. The Squires also placed more than 300 candles at the Knoll Heights Senior apartments nd at the entrance to Saint Kateri and Our Lady of the Lake churches where many of the members are parishioners. Squire officers and tri-captains John Hunter Zoetjes, Paul McFadden, and Sebastian Gomez lead the team of young men that make this annual commitment to the program. Chief Counselor Nick Cutrone noted: “Despite frigid December weather, our Squires maintain their commitment to help those in need who are located right here in Sussex County.”
The Squires would like to thank supporters including the Saint Kateri Knights of Columbus, CP Professional Services, TOMCO landscaping, Sparta UNICO, Greene’s Beans Café, and all the local businesses that donated for their ongoing support.
Donations are still welcome by sending a check payable to “Blessed Kateri Squires” at 427 Stanhope Road, Sparta, NJ 07871 and marking the memo field “2018 Luminary Project." Net proceeds benefit local charities. Additional Luminary kits are available at Greene’s Beans Café in Sparta.
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