Service and Outreach News

 

POWIR Update: The Rwamuhinda Family

Firstly a thank you! The Rwamuhindas would like to thank the generous parishioners who provided and helped to decorate  a Christmas tree and to all those who helped to provide beautiful Christmas gifts for them. The family were delighted to be able to celebrate their first Christmas together in the US and they feel very connected to the Collaborative, praying with us via the online Masses each week. They especially enjoyed watching our Lessons and Carols on Christmas Day! They are continually grateful for all the love and support that parishioners have extended towards them and are eagerly anticipating meeting ...
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St. Paul “Giving Tree” Wrap-Up

THANK YOU to our wonderful parishioners who gave so generously to the 2020 Giving Tree Program! Despite the pandemic, we collected hundreds of gift cards and gifts which will ensure many families will have food and gifts they otherwise might not have received. Truly this is the spirit of Christmas! Our agency contacts extend their prayerful gratitude for the thoughtfulness and generosity shown by the SJSP Collaborative.  Thank you for making this beautiful tradition possible during such a difficult year ...
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Letter from the St. John “Christmas Wish” Team

Dear Christmas Wish Sponsors and Donors, 2020 has certainly been a year to remember. The families that we support through our Christmas Wish outreach program needed our help more than ever this year. Many of the children in our program would not see a gift under the tree were it not for your wonderful generosity. In the words of one of our parish coordinators, "the generous donation of food cards is the most essential gift we can share with our families! It is life sustaining!" Thanks to the amazing response to our Christmas Wish 2020 appeal, we were able to ...
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“Spirit of Sharing” Gift Collection

Almost every year for the past two decades, a group of parishioners has organized a gift collection from parish and Saint John School families for a program called "Spirit of Sharing". The program, sponsored by St. Patrick's Parish in Lawrence under the leadership of Fr. Paul O'Brien, benefits the thousands of people in that community who lack the financial means to provide their children with Christmas gifts.  In the past, usually on the Saturday before Christmas, gifts would be set up on tables at St. Patrick's for parents and caretakers, assisted by volunteers, to select presents for their children. Last ...
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Annual “Coats for Kids” Collection Begins This Weekend! November 7-8 and 14-15

Each year in November, our Collaborative participates in the Coats for Kids drive coordinated by Anton's Cleaners, a Boston-wide coat collection campaign for children, teens, adults and babies. Anton's cleans all the donated coats and coordinates their distribution to those in need. Please bring gently used, warm winter coats of all sizes for children, teens, adults and babies in good quality with no rips, tears, broken zippers or permanent stains - coats you would give to a friend - to the St. John Rectory garage (behind the church) before and after Masses on the weekends of November 7-8 and 14-15 ...
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