Share the Kindness of Strangers This Christmas

Share the Kindness of Strangers This Christmas

This Christmas can you perform an act of kindness for a needy family at our Tekakwitha Indian Mission?

Many of the needy families here on the White Earth Reservation are what we refer to as the "Hidden Homeless." They are not living on the streets or in homeless shelters. Instead, they live with family or friends, sometimes as many as 20 people in a small house.

Homelessness might not be very visible in our communities but it is everywhere. One in three people on the Reservation are considered homeless because they do not have a permanent place to call home. Can you join us in making Christmas a little brighter for them?

In recent months parishioners from our Oblate parishes have been collecting food, clothing and household items for our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Although many members of our parish family are struggling with their own finances, they still find a way to share the little they have with a family in greater need.

My Native American parishioners impress me by the humble way they reach out to others. When we deliver food to these needy families it will be done anonymously. The family that receives your fruit basket won't know your name - all they will know is that through the kindness of a stranger they are being given a helping hand.

The kindness of strangers has been part of the Christmas story since the very beginning. The Holy Family were strangers in Bethlehem when Mary gave birth to Our Savior. Strangers came to visit the infant - poor shepherds who were tending their flocks and wealthy kings bearing gifts for the King of Kings.

The patron saint of our Native American ministries, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, was also a recipient of the kindness of strangers throughout her life. She became an outcast among her family and friends because of her conversion to Christianity. So St. Kateri made her First Communion in 1677 in the presence of strangers - appropriately, on Christmas day.

I ask that you join us in making this Christmas holiday season just a little brighter for Native American families in need:

Please consider a Christmas gift of $25 to benefit poor families here at the Tekakwitha Indian Missions. Your donation could help us provide a Christmas fruit basket for a family struggling to build a better life.

Please know that you are not a stranger to me and the Native Americans we serve. Thank you for your support - I pray that you will partner with us at this time to share the kindness of strangers with our Native American brothers and sisters.

In Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate, Fr. Joseph Hitpas, OMI, Pastor, St. Benedict's Parish, White Earth Minnesota

 

Tekakwitha Prayer Petitions

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Tekakwitha Votive Candle

Lighting a Votive Candle is a beautiful way to symbolize the sending of our prayers need to God. I would be honored to light a Votive Candle for your intentions at St. Benedict's Church in White Earth.

 

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