Sunday, January 4, 2009

I wish to commend those whose work and generosity made possible several important parish charitable projects for Christmas: The St. Vincent de Paul Conference of our parish took registrations from 165 families and distributed to those families food vouchers to provide a Christmas meal.

Thank you to the members of the Conference. The children of those families also received toys. This part of the project was organized by Berna Gurule, the parish manager. Thank you to her and to those who helped by donating, wrapping or distributing the toys.

Another project was the Angel Tree Program. Thirty eight children, whose parents are in prison, received gifts of clothing, a fun gift and the sharing of the Gospel passage (John 3:16). Thank you to Mary Trujillo, program director, to the parishioners who donated the gifts, to those who delivered them to the homes of the children and to our church office staff. This was the first time for our parish participation on the Angel Tree program and it was a great success.

Thanks also to Arlene Wilks for organizing the Advent can and food drive, as well as the children’s visit to see the rectory Christmas tree on Dec. 24.

God reward you all for sharing the Christmas Spirit.

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