The Life & Legacy of Mary Virginia Merrick, 1866-1955

Dear Christ Child Society Members and Friends, 

Servant of God Mary Virginia Merrick is the founder of the Christ Child Society and a candidate for canonization in the Catholic Church. She is known today as a pioneer in American Catholic social reform and continues today to inspire 6,000 members of the Christ Child Society to make a difference in the lives of children in need.

In this presentation, you'll learn about:

  • the history of the Christ Child Society

  • the spirituaity of Mary Virginia Merrick

  • and MORE!

Presentation by: Patty Myler, Past NCCS President, NCCS Historian and Member of the Washington, DC Chapter


Annual Mother's Day Layette Fund Drive

Dear Friend of the Christ Child Society,

Mother’s Day will again be the focus of our annual Layette Fund Drive.  This is the only program that involves every chapter of The Christ Child Society, and we are proud of our chapter’s record of generous participation.

For $35, a layette may be purchased in honor of or in memory of your mother, grandmother, aunt, daughter, sister or friend.  A personalized Mother’s Day card announcing your thoughtful gift will be sent to your honoree.  If the gift is in memory of, a card will be sent to her family.  A card bearing the name of your honoree will be inserted in one of the layettes, which are given to the needy mothers in our community.

In 2016 we distributed 1,784 layettes throughout central Ohio.  These layettes not only help clothe newborn infants, but also give their families the assurance that our community cares about them.

Please complete the order form below and enclose a check payable to:  The Christ Child Society of Columbus, Inc.  

Mail the form to:  Theresa Lembach, 4150 Mumford Ct., Columbus, OH43220by Friday, April 28, 2017.

Your timely response will insure that the card will be received by Mother’s Day.

Thank you for your generous support of this important program.


Theresa Lembach,  Layette Fund Drive Chair

Shower Them With Love!

Please invite your friends to attend this social meeting to help gather items greatly needed for our Layette and Crib Club projects.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
6:30 pm
The Worthington Hills Country Club
920 Clubview Blvd S.
Columbus, OH. 43235

Cost is $25.00 per member
And a donated unwrapped baby gift
Your guests are FREE and are welcome to attend!!!

Gift Needs/Suggestions

Please note: Pink and blue are great but we do need neutral color items as well... think green, yellow, cream, white!!!!

Clothing- Newborn to 24 Months...this includes but not limited to, onesies, socks, sleepers, sleep sacs, coats/jackets, pants, sweaters, dresses, shorts, shirts/tops, shoes, NB hats/caps

Blankets- knit, crochet, fleece, flannel (handmade or purchased)

Nursery items- bath towels and wash cloths, bottles, pacifiers, feeding sets, crib sheets (all colors)

Miscellaneous items- Diaper Bags, toys/teethers, books (baby picture books) 

R.S.V.P. To Cindi Harmon: 
7133 Coventry Woods Ct.
Dublin, OH. 43017
by Friday, March 31, 2017
Make check for $25 payable to the Christ Child Society

or Pay Online Here!

Good Beer! Good Cheer! Great Cause! At Land Grant Brewery 4/26

Good Beer! Good Cheer! Great Cause!

The members of the Christ Child Society of Columbus invite you to Land Grant Brewing Company on Wednesday, April 26th for a casual FUN(d) raising evening with friends.
Enjoy many beer choices from one of Columbus's own brewing companies, tour of the brewery, enjoy sliders from OH! Burgers and take a chance on some raffle prizes.
But most especially enjoy a fun Spring evening out with friends while supporting a great cause- the children served by the Christ Child Society. 

Shower of Love Baby Shower to benefit Christ Child's Crib Club and Layette Programs

April 5, 2017, 6:30 pm  at Worthington Hills Country Club

Gift Needs/Suggestions Please note: Pink and blue is great but we do need neutral color items as well...think green, yellow, cream, white!!!!

Clothing- Newborn to 24 Months...this includes but not limited to, onesies, socks, sleepers, sleep sacs, coats/jackets, pants, sweaters, dresses, shorts, shirts/tops, shoes, NB hats/caps

Blankets- fleece, flannel(handmade or purchased)

Nursery items- bath towels and wash cloths, bottles, pacifiers, feeding sets, sheets(all colors)

Miscellaneous items: Diaper Bags, toys/teethers, books(baby picture books), 

Annual Memorial Mass and Day of Reflection 2016

Christ Child Society of Columbus

Invites you to our annual Memorial Mass and Day of Reflection

Discovering, Living, and Sharing our Mission with our Catholic author and speaker, Elizabeth Ficocelli.

Wednesday, March 2nd

  • St. Matthew the Apostle Church
  • St. Anthony Room
  • 795 Havens Corners Road
  • Gahanna, OH 43230
  • Continental Breakfast at 9:00am
  • Followed by speaker and small group discussion sessions
  • Mass at 11:30am

Lunch and group sharing to follow.

Cost $25 per person for the talk and lunch. Register on line using the Donate button below.

Or mail your check made out to Christ Child Society of Columbus to:

Day of Reflection, 1835 Hickory Hill Drive, Columbus, OH 43228

Ministry Spotlight: The Christ Child Society of Columbus

Today we are highlighting a wonderful organization at work in our city, The Christ Child Society of Columbus. Below, board president, Molly Fanning, gives us some insight on how she first got involved in this ministry. If you are looking for a way to serve Christ and impovershed children through simple works of mercy, this organization is calling you.  

For more information visit their table at the conference or visit their website now by clicking on the logo image or go to

I am humbled to be president of a volunteer group that so proudly proclaims the name of Christ-The Christ Child Society of Columbus, a local chapter of one of the oldest Catholic service organizations in the US. I was attracted by the mission, I admire our members, and I am inspired by our founder, Servant of God Mary Virginia Merrick. At the age of 16, in spite of pain and paralysis from an injury, Mary Virginia Merrick gathered a sewing circle of her sisters and friends at Christmas time to sew baby clothes for a mother in need in honor of the Holy Infant. This first layette began a life of service that became the Christ Child Society in 1887 helping children in Washington DC. It has been an honor to walk in Miss Mary’s home, attend mass at her church and learn about her path to sainthood at our national conferences. You can read more inspiring stories about Miss Mary

About 7 years ago I was looking for a new volunteer group and was happy to be introduced to a group that not only would fit my desire to serve but also provide the opportunity to meet faith filled women from all over the city. The Christ Child Society of Columbus is a non-profit volunteer organization dedicated to serving children in need. Our members provide hands-on help assisting in the child care center at St. Stephens Community House and tutoring at All Saints school. We partner with the Women’s Care Center to provide for the material needs of the babies of mothers who attend child care classes there. Last year we provided over 1600 layettes to mothers in Central Ohio hospitals who otherwise would have little for their newborns.

We provide scholarships for high school students and feed over 100 under-served children each week. We believe every child deserves a chance and our mission is to challenge poverty one child at a time. We are always looking for new members and supporters for our fund raising events. I look forward to meeting many of you at the CCWC this year. Stop by our table to say hello learn more about the Christ Child Society of Columbus.

Featured: Pat Reynolds, Charity & Social Justice

Featured: Pat Reynolds, Charity & Social Justice

For those who do not know Pat Reynolds, she is a savvy business woman who raised two children on her own. With her two daughters, she worked her way up the entrepreneurial ladder landing on top with a profitable catering business working with contract from IBM, Ford Motor Company, Coca-Cola, Merill Lynch, and Dean Witter. With all of her success, Pat could retire and enjoy a peaceful life.

Now 80 years old, Pat is working harder than ever as a volunteer, fundraiser and advocate in the community. She has been an active volunteer and donor at St. Stephan's House for more than a decade. She has also been a long-time member of the Christ Child Society. Pat inspires other to join her as she leverages resources to ensure and sustain quality childcare, maternal and infant health initiatives and education programs in neighborhoods that are under-served.

In one case, Pat garnered a group of prominent women to work collectively to renovate a dreary vacant facility into fully-furnished dorm rooms filled with life and hope for 100 women and girls escaping from human sex trafficking.

Pat has a knack for pulling others into the trenches with her, whether filling 8500 book bags for at risk youth, distributing hundreds of layettes to new mothers, or serving Thanksgiving dinner to 200 senior citizens. She works on grant funding, she hosts community conversations in her home, and calls in favors when it means changing people's lives. Pat's passion is fueled by her belief that all children and their families, regardless of the socioeconomic background, should be able to live life with the most basic of needs being met - food, education and self-sufficiency. Each day, Pat works to make sure the her beliefs become reality for children and families in need.

Featured: Columbus Parent: Welcome, Baby!

"For many mothers in central Ohio, nesting — that wonderful instinct to prepare a perfect home for a new baby — is a luxury that life has not afforded them.

They may be immigrants who just moved to Columbus with little more than the clothes they arrived wearing. They may be women who intended to work right up until delivery, but were put on bed rest. They may be victims of domestic violence who fled the homes where newborn supplies were left behind.

But every month, for the past 33 years, a dedicated group of volunteers does what it can to help prepare the nests that will nurture the babies these women deliver." (continued)

Click here to read the rest of the article on Columbus Parent.