Our Lady of Angels Parish, Brooklyn, NY
Once again, we will continue our tradition of the Advent Giving Trees to which you have cooperated so very generously in past years. This will begin on the first weekend of Advent, November 30th / December 1st, 2013.
Two large Christmas trees will be placed before each of our side altars. They will be decorated with paper ornaments containing gift suggestions about a needy child or adult. Kindly take one of these ornaments and read the information on it regarding an individual in need. Purchase a new gift for that person. Holiday wrap your gift with the ornament attached to it. Please place your gift under one of the trees no later than Sunday, December 15th, 2013. We will sort your gifts on Monday evening, December 16th and arrange for them to be delivered to the
recipients in time for Christmas.
This Advent Giving Tree program provides a very special way of sharing our blessings with those less fortunate. Please be assured that all your gifts will be for very worthy and reputable individuals and agencies. In recent years, they have acknowledged with much gratitude the remarkable goodness of the people of Our Lady of Angels.
Thank you for your great kindness in response to this and to all the charitable appeals made of you.
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FOR YOUR ADDED INFORMATION:
This year your gifts will be for the following helping causes:
1. Our Lady of Presentation (marked OLP on ornament). Father Edward Mason
is the pastor and is very grateful for any gifts and toys to distribute for the celebration of Christmas and Three Kings. He has indicated that clothing, toys, and gift certificates to such stores as Old Navy Target and Payless Shoes would be valued deeply.
2. Our Lady of Angels Church (marked OLA on ornament) helps local poor children in our neighborhood to have a happy “Three Kings Celebration” on the January feast of the Epiphany. Clothing, educational toys and gift certificates to “Old Navy” will be much-appreciated.
3. Catholic Charities (marked CC on ornament) which is founded in Catholic social teaching, is to reach out to and provide assistance to those in need – the poor, sick, young, aged, and disabled. Items such as clothing and diapers for babies, clothing items for men and women, gift certificates to Old Navy are needed and will be greatly appreciated.
4. Mary of Nazareth Church on Adelphi Street, Brooklyn, NY
(marked MON on ornament). This combined parish work for the developmentally disabled and has an immigration advocacy programs. All gifts will be appreciated.
5. St. Joseph Senior Housing (marked SJ on ornament). This Catholic Charities sponsored organization employs case workers who provide Comprehensive medical assistance for senior citizens. All suitable gifts will be appreciated.
Kindly note: After the distribution of your very thoughtful gifts to the above mentioned charities, we often find we have a surplus of them. Immediately after Christmas, these are distributed to needy families in and around our parish community.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Our Annual Christmas Lighting will take place after the 5:00 PM Mass on Saturday, December 7th. Brochures for the Christmas Festival of Lights were mailed out to all parishioners and are available in Church. Return via the collection basket or drop off at the rectory.
From the Pastor's Desk
Yesterday, our Parish Consolation Ministry celebrated the lives of 115 persons whose funeral masses were celebrated here during the past year.
I am grateful to Father Calder, Pam Hume and all the Consolation Ministers for hosting the mass and the reception that followed. This ministry is truly a corporal work of mercy (to bury the dead).
The loss of these parishioners is a reminder to all of us that we as a parish are at the break even point. By that I mean that our Baptisms are slightly ahead of our funerals. We can be grateful.
However, it also means that these departed parishioners are helping the parish by their intercession for us but are no longer helping us in the Sunday offering collection.
You probably have noticed that our Sunday collections are not as high as they were.
If it is possible, would you consider a boost in your weekly envelope? Many people, by giving one more dollar a week, could make a significant difference. Of course, tithing is always a faithfilled dependence upon God who will never allow us to fall when we share in His name.
Thank you for your consideration Lets pray for each other, Msgr. Kevin B. Noone
P.S. On Sunday, November 24, we will begin the 10:30 AM mass with a procession that will form in the auditorium and proceed around the corner into church. The procession will celebrate the closing of the Year of Faith and will be a bi-lingual mass.
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