Blue Bag Program






For I was hungry and you gave me food.......


In memory of Ron and Marge Larson, (pictured below) Mark & Mary Nauman have donated reusable blue bags as a tangible reminder to participate in our parish food drive.  On the last weekend of each month, you are invited to take a bag from one of the bins in the back of church, fill it with non-perishable food items and bring it back to church the following weekend.  The food donated on the first weekend of each month will be transported to one of our community food banks.  Please join in our parish effort to respond to the growing need of those facing hunger in our community.    

Ron & Marge Larson (Parents of Mary Nauman)



WHERE ARE THEY LOCATED?  On the LAST Sunday of each month, we will have the bags in the back of the Church for you to pick up after Mass.  Don’t worry, each month we will remind you they are there.  Center Vestibule, on a stand!  Also, on a stand in Presentation Hall.

Mary Nauman, daughter of Marge Larson, wanted to remember her mother in a special way!  Her idea: she wanted to put a tangible reminder of food-shelf needs in the hands of all St. Columbkille parish members, and the results could be impressive with YOUR help!  Mark & Mary wanted to make transporting food to the Food Pantry easier, and give extra help to a program that we already have established, FIRST SUNDAY FOOD DRIVE.


Mary Nauman, pictured with the bags her and husband Mark purchased,

in memory of her parents, Ron & Marge Larson

Mary hopes to triple the amount of food that is donated on a monthly basis, to St. Columbkille!  Most of you know, our donations have fallen off tremendously.  Mary is hopeful the NEW Blue Bag Program will make a huge difference!  What a beautiful way to honor her parents!

Grab a Blue Bag and join in our parish effort to help those in need. The bags are reusable.  Just take them with you to the store, fill them up and bring them back the first Sunday of each month! Please take an empty blue bag back home and repeat the process so that the St. Columbkille monthly food drive runs like a top!

The Blue Bags are located in the CENTER vestibule of the Church, on a stand (made by Tom Thill). 

Abby, Ryan, Ben & Maddie Kramer (left) and Malissa & Ava Sprenger (right)

                            helping to support the NEW Blue Bag Program                             


The reason Mary thinks the NEW Blue Bag will catch on:  Simpple - it is a reminder!  As you walk out of Church, the bags are right there!  This reminds you to fill up for those in need!

Fr. Gabriel is a huge supporter and Mary’s wonderful donation will be bolstered by a message from the pulpit – “It’s visual – you have the Parish Blue Bag, so you think of the food pantry!  What a generous donation by Mary in honor of her mother, Marge Larson!  This also helps the parish Green Initiative by getting rid of all those plastic bags!”

Remember, please take your bags to the Baptismal font side when you bring them back to Church! 


The bags may be filled & placed by the Baptismal Font on the FIRST Sunday of the month


Quick note about the NEW BLUE BAGS:

Please ONLY use the bags for the purpose they are intended and for this program only. We are in real need of help to fill community pantries to help those in need.  If you would like to donate, we really want you to take a bag home with you and use it to bring back items.

They can be washed occasionally too, to help prevent bacteria build up!  Wash with care so the bags last!



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