St. Vincent de Paul 2023

by Dec 7, 2023Pastor's Blog

Lord, let us see your kindness,
and grant us your salvation.

PS 85:9-10-11-12, 13-14

On this 2nd Sunday of Advent, we have seen the Lord’s kindness. Thank you to everyone who participated in last weekend’s Commitment Sunday where we were all invited to renew and review our commitment to our parish. We asked parishioners to share their time, talents, and treasure. Over two hundred cards were collected! Thank you for your generosity.

Now, we as a parish family must also discern our next steps together. Last week I had a great meeting with the leadership from St. Vincent de Paul in Alexandria who serve all of Glengarry. As a parish we want to help during this beautiful and holy season of Advent, a season of giving. The collections from our Christmas Tea at St. Antony’s church will also be donated to St. Vincent de Paul this weekend.

Here are more ways to serve in the next two weeks:

  1. Their Christmas Basket Project distributes nonperishables, fresh food, and toys to 200 households in Glengarry. It is a 100% powered by generous volunteers. Every year, we start the project in faith and hope and every year, new and returning supporters make this annual Christmas miracle come to life.
  2. The food drive is now open, and you’ll see the box for nonperishables food at the back of our churches.
  3. For the toy drive, please pick up a Christmas Angel this weekend only, and drop off by by December 12-13. St. Vincent de Paul will organize and distribute to families on December 14-15. You can also simply buy a toy directly and please indicate the age for who it is intended.
  4. Also, we are looking for volunteers for December 20 (12:30pm – 4pm) to help prepare the 200 Christmas Baskets to be delivered on December 21 (starting at 7:30am). Please call Kim for more information and if you are available to help: 613-362-0683.
  5. Note: Please, make sure the nonperishable food items are not past ‘best before’ date and, in the case of canned food, that the tins are not dented, and that the packaging is not damaged. Also, each dollar donated has at least a 140% purchasing power. This purchasing power is only possible through the cooperation and support of our outstanding Glengarry suppliers. What is given Glengarrians for Glengarrians is spent in Glengarry.

Thank you again for your generosity. In our Gospel passage from Mark this Sunday, John the Baptist instructs us to “prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.” We must make good use of the gift of time we have been given this Advent season. Let’s be sure to get to Confession, prioritize a daily reading the of Scriptures, and reach out to someone in need with a word of comfort or an act of service. Have a great week. Peace.

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