During Advent, the parish collects gifts for the needy of our community. A tag is provided that describes the gift request and the age and gender of the recipient. When the donor places a gift with the tag under the Jesse Tree, an ornament is hung on the branches of the tree. The tree becomes a symbol of our parish community’s generous gifts and willing spirit of sharing with others.
Our parishioners and children in the school and Religious Education program responded generously to the needs of those less fortunate. The groups included battered women, unwed mothers, families in transition, children and grandchildren of prisoners, the homeless, and children with special needs and life-threatening illnesses. Many parishioners took several gift tags, which enabled us to serve thirteen parishes and agencies.