Read: DSA Story #7 | How Your Generosity Comforts Grieving Parents

Kristin Verdun is a mother of two little miscarried babies. Those sad losses have led Kristin to co-found a diocese-wide apostolate, Our Little Ones Ministry, for other parents mourning an unborn child and it’s all being made possible by your generosity to the Diocesan Services Appeal. Thank you. God bless you.

“Definitely. A big, big thank you. We are very, very grateful for the people that give to the DSA that are able to help things like Our Little Ones Ministry and other programs that help families and marriages and support the sanctity of life,” says Kristin who is a parishioner at Holy Family in Grand Blanc.

Our Little Ones Ministry takes its name from a letter written by Saint Zélie Martin, mother of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, to a grieving relative. Reflecting on her hope of being reunited with her own miscarried babies, Saint Zélie wrote: “We shall find our little ones again up above.”

Kristin and her ministry co-founders – Christina Heidemann from Saint Thomas Aquinas in East Lansing and Jenny Ingles, Director of the Diocese of Lansing’s Fertility & Life Ministries – want to offer that hope and other tangible support to grieving families.

The group has recently started connecting with other parents who’ve miscarried. Its budget from the diocese is made possible by donations to the Diocesan Service Appeal.

The Diocesan Services Appeal or DSA is an annual appeal which is used to sustain the ongoing, day-to-day work of the Church across the Diocese of Lansing. Contributions are put to work, right away, in a multitude of ministries and activities that offer direct assistance to individuals and families and to our parishes, schools, and affiliated Catholic organizations.

The theme of this year's DSA is "Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving". The text, taken from the Book of Psalms, is aimed at reminding each of us of how we are to respond to the many gifts we have been given by God, including that great gift of His Son, truly present in the Holy Eucharist.

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