Dear St. Ephrem Parishioners,
As Parish Minister to the Sick and the Elderly, I have been asked to organize the Christmas Outreach Project which you are all familiar with at this time of year. We assist families from our PARISH who are in need of help with providing a Happy Christmas for their families. The preferred way of extending our care and concern for these families is through the donation of “GIFT CARDS”: Giant, Acme, Shop Rite, K-Mart, Wal-Mart, Kohl’s, Target, Dollar Tree and Barnes & Noble.
We ask you to put the gift cards in an envelope marked: ATTENTION: SISTER KATHLEEN GORMAN, PARISH MINISTRY. Please drop the envelope off at the rectory, my office in the Marian Parish Center or put it in the Sunday Collection Basket. We are grateful for all donations whatever you would like to contribute…God will bless you! The GIFT CARDS are a good choice. Food gift cards provide needed money for family dinner, and the other store gift cards assist the parents to purchase needed clothing, gifts for the children or, perhaps, a surprise or two.
If you would like to purchase a gift: games, toys, puzzles, books or a piece o f clothing for a girl or boy, please label the gift to indicate if it is for a boy or girl, toy or clothing, as well as the age of the child it is intended for. Please leave these outside my office in the Marian Parish Center. DONATIONS ARE DUE THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 14TH, SO WE CAN GET THEM TO THE FAMILIES. God bless you in advance for your generosity and participation in this parish project. Hopefully, many more St. Ephrem families will be able to enjoy a Blessed and Happy Christmas from all of us! Gratefully, Sister Kathleen Gorman