Share Your Blessings This Christmas

Share Your Blessings This Christmas

For most people, Christmas is a time surrounded by family, friends and loved ones. But for the elderly, Christmas can often be a time of isolation and loneliness. That is especially true here on the White Earth Reservation in northern Minnesota.

Many of our Native American elders become shut-ins during the winter months, especially those who live in the farthest corners of the reservation. The harsh weather oftentimes prevents them from attending Christmas parties, family gatherings or Christmas liturgies.

To help combat this feeling of isolation, my brother Oblates and I try to spend some extra time making home visits and sick calls to our shut-in elders. Sometimes it can be a 70-mile round trip to visit one elder but the time is well worth it when you see the joy and appreciation on their face to have a visitor.

And when we visit these elders during the Christmas season, we try to bring along a fruit basket to give to our friend. That is because more than half of our elder residents on the reservation live below the poverty level an the fruit basket is a very welcomed gift to help stretch their food supply during the difficult winter.

Each year the parishioners at St. Anne Parish in Naytahwausch help me distribute these fruit baskets to our elders and other needy people on the reservation, a way of sharing the Christmas spirit with people who can use a helping hand during the winter.

Would you like to take part in this simple act of kindness? If you can send a gift of $25, you can help us provide a fruit basket for someone in need at Christmas. You can even make your donation in honor of a loved one. Just click the dedication section below and enter the name of "In Honor of".

Here are some other ways that you can make Christmas brighter for both your loved ones and our Native American parishioners:

- Send a Tekakwitha Christmas card to a special person in you life.

- The beautiful Native American Christmas gifts shown below are my way of thanking your for your donation. You can keep your gift or share it with a loved one.

- Our Native American parishioners want to do something for you. Please send your prayer petitions and they will be remember throughout the Christmas season.

Thank you for supporting our Native American ministries. As my brother Oblates and I make our home visits and sick calls during the Christmas season, please know that you will be journeying with us as we bring the Good News to our elders. May God bless you for your generous heart - Merry Christmas!

 

Tekakwitha Prayer Petitions

Our Native American parishioners ask that you send your special prayer intentions so we can pray for you at Mass during the Christmas season.

Submit a Prayer Request

Tekakwitha Devotional Gifts

St. Kateri Tekakwitha Rosary    Sterling Silver Eternal Cross Necklace    Season of Joy Bangle Bracelet    Tekakwitha Christmas Gift Set

Tekakwitha Card

    

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.

 

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