God created us for connection: meaningful, authentic relationships.So why do we feel so disconnected in a world that is so connected?
There’s constant pressure and an expectation to communicate today with smartphones, social media, and more. Our devices are addicting, building up habitual behavior and causing us to check our phones compulsively. Relationships and mental health among young people are suffering.
There is also fear in the air for many, creating distance and a divide in making time for meaningful relationships.
Our heads are down.
We need to look up, look out, and look inside.
God made us for connection— with Him, others, and with ourselves.
Consider a Family Project for this Upcoming Christmas! Join in the Box of Joy Project
Consider a family project for this upcoming Christmas! Join in the Box of Joy project !
Box of Joy provides schools, parishes, organizations, and families with an inspiring opportunity to send gifts to Haiti, Guatemala and other developing countries.
A Box of Joy is a Christmas shoebox that is donated and packed with toys, clothing, school supplies and other treasured items by U.S. parishes, schools and groups. Each child who receives a Box of Joy also receives a rosary and a booklet in their own language that tells The Story of Jesus. Box of Joy provides hope to children in need, each gift represents Christ’s love and may be the only Christmas gift they receive. The gift alone is not just the blessing, but the message of hope and love that a family or individual in the United States cares for them.
Pick up a box or two after Mass on Nov. 11th & 12th. Look on the side of the box for the age of the boy or girl you wish to buy for. Fill it with items suitable for that age child (list of suggestions available). Pack the box(es), attach the $9 for shipping to the outside of box(es), and drop at the Church or Parish Center between Nov. 13-25th. Late drop off available on November Sun. Nov 26th after all masses.
At St. Margaret, our goal is to fill 200 boxes to be delivered to children worldwide as a part of our Call to Connect service initiative. No need to wait for the box, start shopping today for a boy or girl between the ages of 2-14.
A $9 fee per box is needed to cover the shipping. Checks made out to Cross Catholic Outreach are acceptable or scan the QR code and pay online. (if you pay online, please attach a receipt to the box showing shipping has been paid).
Thank you in advance for your generosity and for sharing with a child who may otherwise miss knowing more about Jesus and the meaning of Christmas.
For more info go to https://crosscatholic.org/box-of-joy
The Gratitude Tree
At this time of year, we are reminded that we have much to be grateful for.
Gratitude is a measure of our faith, expressing thanks for the things we have and the things we are grateful for. It demonstrates that we are paying attention to the gifts Jesus gives us in any circumstance.
Our Gratitude Tree currently stands on the altar, barren and empty. But soon this emptiness will fade. Paper leaves will be distributed to all students involved in Faith Formation, Confirmation candidates, and parishioners in the next few weeks. Each person will be asked to write something they are grateful for on the leaf. The leaves will be collected and gradually added to the tree until it is full and lit the last weekend of November.
We know God recognizes and hears us as we express ourselves through this small but meaningful gesture of thanksgiving. What are you grateful for?
And so we ask you, Jesus:
Teach me to be accessible to give myself to you and my neighbors.
Help me to open my heart to you and give time and sacrifice in my life,
just as it was a part of yours.