This Weekend you will see the arrival of our Christmas Giving Tree in the Church. Yes, it is one of those times when, for practical purposes of giving all of us time to participate and 'shop' for those in need, we already bring our hearts and minds to Christmas, appropriately joining it with the upcoming Thanksgiving Season!
The Giving Tree is filled with Tags of 3 different colors, for each of the 3 causes we are supporting this year.
The Hoboken Shelter (RED)
5 Families through Catholic Charities'
"Help A Family with Children Christmas Program" (WHITE)
5 Parishioner Families (GOLD)
Other than some of the material items and supplies requested by The Hoboken Shelter, this year, once again, due to some ongoing pandemic realities, the Gift Tags for the 5 Catholic Charities Families and the 5 Parishioner Families in Need list various Gift Cards as the preferred donation. It was determined that Gift Cards can be more flexibly used by those in need (for food, clothing, paying bills, children’s toys, etc.). We will gather all the Gift Cards that you donate for each of these causes and present them to them. Imagine the help and relief it will be for the Families and Individuals in Need to receive such generosity to help sustain them for months, extending even beyond Christmas.
For those whose situations allow, please prayerfully consider taking a Gift Tag from The Giving Tree, returning your donated Gift Cards or unwrapped Shelter items (attached to the colored Gift Tag) no later than Sunday, December 12. During Mass times on the weekends, the items can be placed at the Collection Box near The Giving Tree in the Church, or given to one of the Ushers or Staff. During the week, for security reasons, please bring them to the Parish Office, rather than leaving them in the Church.
In bringing Christmas Joy and Hope to those in need we are showing them that someone here, in our own little Community, cares for them. It is through such actions of ours that Jesus continues to live among us, in as real a way as He first came into humanity – by His Birth in that little Manger in Bethlehem, a Baby, homeless and in need of caring and love. God would have it happen that way to show us that the love, sacrifice, and charity demonstrated by the Blessed Mother, Saint Joseph, and those 3 Wise Men who came bearing Gifts, can make a great difference in the face of such need…
Thanksgiving Blessings to you and your Families!