Each advent season our generous parishioners participate in our GIVING TREE ministry. The GIVING TREE ministry of St Joseph’s is one of the outreach ministries serving our parish family and the broader community. Our GIVING TREE ministry focuses on providing much needed gift cards for members of our parish family, as well as to members of our broader community, who may be experiencing a crisis that has created a financial void prohibiting them from purchasing vital day to day resources, such as food, gas, clothing. The gift cards, from our giving parish family, are a valuable offering of help to them in a time of need.
While the GIVING TREE ministry is visible and active during the Advent season collecting your generous gift card offerings, it is very important that our parish continue our visible, active outreach efforts with gift card assistance to those in need all throughout the year.
Since we began three years ago to use the gift card donation as a way of participating in the GIVING TREE ministry during the Advent season, our parish has responded very generously. Last year, we collected $11,680.00 in gift cards. So far this year we have distributed to those in need of help $9,000.00. At this rate of giving by the end of this year we expect to have exhausted our GIVING TREE funds that assists so many individuals and families.
Your generous contribution not only supports the purchase of gift cards it also provides the opportunity for the Ministry to provide individuals with information regarding community services and resources that can assist them with on-going help if needed .
Another very valuable aspect of the ministry is that the gift card giving becomes an important pathway for providing our parish family with an opportunity to participate in the spirit of giving, caring and connection to our community that results in the extension and expansion of our vision, “All are Welcome”.
Once again, as in the past, our Giving Tree ministry begins on November 26/27, the first Sunday of Advent, Chaired this year by our Christians in Commerce Ministry.
During this Advent time of reflection, it is important to think about how blessed we are as a parish family. To reflect and appreciate our caring for each other and our community, how in time of need we do what we can to support and care for one another in so many ways.
To that end, on behalf of all those that have been helped with gift cards and continually ask how they can thank and share their gratitude to our Parish for its generosity and kindness, Father Wayne, on their behalf, would like to honor all of you who so unselfishly give with a special Mass of Gratitude. The Masses will be spread out and offered over the four Sunday’s of Advent.
The Gratitude Mass schedule is as follows :
- Sunday, November 27, 9 AM Mass
- Sunday, December 4, 5 PM Mass
- Sunday, December 11, 11 AM Mass
- Saturday, December, 17th, 5 PM Mass
Please know that your giving spirit has touched the lives and hearts of many members of our St Joseph’s family and our broader community God bless you and your loved ones during this Advent season.