Parish Giving Tree
Each year at Christmas we are reminded of the deep and abiding love our God has for us. It is a happy time, a time of joy and hope. There are many people who need your support during this season of caring. We invite you to participate in the Parish’s yearly mission of distributing Christmas gifts to those less fortunate.
Beginning with the Saturday evening Mass on November 25th and all of the following Masses through December 2nd, gift tags will be available in the church.
- All parishioners are invited to take a gift tag from the tree in the vestibule of the church or from baskets located around the church during the weekends of November 25th or 26th or December 2nd& 3rd. You may also call the Social Ministry Office for gift suggestions.
- There will also be gift tag ornaments available in Notre Dame School and Religious Education for any students who wish to participate in the program.
- The tag describes a specific gift that is needed. Please purchase that gift, but DO NOT WRAP IT. Attach the ornament tag to your gift, which will help us in the sorting process.
- There will be collection boxes placed at the entrances of the church during the weekends of December 2nd & 3rd and December 9th & 10th. Please be sure that your gift is returned no later than Sunday, December 10th. We encourage you to return your gifts as early as possible so that they can be sorted and distributed in a timely manner.
- Gifts may also be dropped off directly to the Social Ministry Office at 1 Aberdeen Road between the hours of 9am & 4pm, Monday through Thursday.
- If you have any questions, please contact the Social Ministry Office at (516) 326-3403.
The power of this Child, Son of God and Son of Mary, is not the power of this world, based on might and wealth; it is the power of love… It is the power of service, which inaugurates in our world the Kingdom of God, a kingdom of justice and peace. – Pope Francis
GIVING TREE ORGANIZATIONS AND THE GIFT CARDS REQUEST
Our Giving Tree Project reached out to nine local organizations such as St. John’s Bread of Life who offer Christmas gifts to families that they serve. This year some of these organizations have asked for gift cards rather than actual gifts items in order to provide families with the gifts they actually need based on the relationships they have with these families. Out of respect to the principle of subsidiarity our social ministry office honors the wishes of organizations such as St. John’s Bread of Life and as a result our “Giving Tree” Program request more gift cards rather than actual items. While it may not seem as fulfilling to buy an item directly I ask you to please continue in being generous to these organizations. Below is a description of St. John’s Bread of Life and their Christmas Program.
St. John Bread of Life is a Family program that provides food and gifts for over 2,500 families and 6,000 children during the holiday season. Since 1982, B&L has worked to alleviate hunger and poverty. We serve nearly 3,000 meals to hungry New Yorker’s every day. In addition to this service, we also provide crucial services such as: medical care, legal counseling, nutrition education and human services. Feeding the body, mind and soul.