It is hard to believe that it is already November and that Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner.
As we enter this wonderful season of thanks and giving, please take advantage of the FREE family activities we are offering to help you and your family get into the holiday spirit.
This Saturday, November 14, is our 7thAnnual Service Saturday. Bring your entire family and spend the afternoon helping those in need in our community. Stations will be set up to make rosaries and cards for our homebound parishioners, breakfast bags for the homeless and other simple but needed projects to benefit others.
Donations for the breakfast bags (soft granola bars, juice boxes, individual protein items like tuna or sausages and other individual wrapped snack items) are still needed and items can be dropped off in the RE hallway this week or brought the day of the event.
If you would like to lead a station or have a teen that wants to help out, please sign up through the sign up genius. Otherwise, just show up between 1-4 on Saturday and spend the afternoon sharing your gifts with this most in need.
If you are really feeling adventuresome bring your family to the overnight campout and see what it is like to be homeless for a night. My kids and I did this two years ago and it was an eye -opening experience that really changed our hearts in how we see the homeless. Contact Miguel at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
A NEW FAMILY TRADITION
Next Saturday, November 21 from 6:00-8:00pm is the Jesse Tree Family Event.
Your first question might be, “What is a Jesse Tree?”
The Jesse Tree helps us connect the custom of decorating Christmas trees to the events leading to Jesus' birth. The Jesse Tree is named from Isaiah 11:1: “A shoot shall come out of the stock of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.” Jesse was the father of King David. We adorn a Jesse Tree with illustrated ornaments that represent the people, prophecies, and events leading up to the birth of Jesus.
Join us after the 5:00 Mass for a simple meal, followed by a video showing the story of the Jesse Tree. Then you and your family will learn how to create your own Jesse Tree. You will leave with a packet of easy to make ornaments and daily Scripture readings to hang on your Jesse Tree each day. A beautiful new family tradition for Advent. You can sign up here. Questions can be directed to Stacy at email@example.com.
The weekend of November 28, families are encouraged to bring their Advent wreath to Mass to have it blessed. The kids are also making Advent wreaths in class that can be brought to Mass as well.
This is also Wear Purple to Mass weekend to celebrate the first Sunday of Advent and help the kids visualize the change in the liturgical season from Ordinary Time to Advent. See if the kids see anything else at church that is purple.
Advent wreaths and candles will be on sale in the Commons after Mass November 14-15 and 21-22 in case you need to purchase one.
THE CHRISTMAS STORY
Lastly, we want to get you in the Christmas spirit with the true meaning of Christmas as we present Journey to the Manger on Saturday, December 5 from 6:00-8:00pm.
Your family will be transported to Bethlehem to join Joseph and Mary on the night that Jesus was born – be counted in the Census, visit the Wool Trader to play games, visit the Spice Shoppe to make crafts, enjoy a simple meal, see the stable, visit with the shepherds in the fields, and feel the excitement in the air on this Most Holy Night. The evening ends with a live presentation of the Christmas pageant.
Space is limited, so reserve your spot early. Teens and adult volunteers are also needed.
We hope that you and your family will be able to participate in one or all of the above activities. If you have questions, please contact Stacy or Christina.
Wishing you a Blessed Thanksgiving and Advent Season,
Stacy and Christina