You Can Be A Christmas Blessing

You Can Be A Christmas Blessing

When I sat down to write this Christmas letter to you, I immediately thought about a homily given by Fr. John Cox, O.M.I. who ministers with me at the Tekakwitha Indian Missions.

Father John talked about how the Covid-19 pandemic made him realize all of the things that he takes for granted - going to work, getting a haircut, shaking hands, going out to eat and receiving Christ in the Eucharist.

Amid this turmoil, Fr. John said the pandemic also gave him a deeper love and appreciation for the people in his life. He also highlighted how we are all dependent on God and each other.

Now that winter is starting to take hold here in northern Minnesota, our dependence on God and each other is even more critical for the things that we take for granted.

Remember the difficulty of just trying to find toilet paper? Now imagine that difficulty living in a rural, impoverished part of our White Earth Reservation, where a small grocery store might be 20 miles away, and the nearest Walmart more than 100 miles away.

Access to items that we take for granted has always been a challenge for our parishioners. And during the winter, that challenge increases due to extra isolation and the limited ability to leave home.

So today, I am asking you to consider helping one of our neediest families with something that we take for granted - having something to eat on Christmas Day.

At Christmastime, we have a program to alleviate some of the hunger on the reservation. Our parishioners distribute fruit baskets to families who are facing extra hardships. This is a simple way of sharing the Christmas spirit with our less fortunate brothers and sisters.

Would you like to take part in our beautiful Christmas tradition of caring for our most vulnerable parishioners?

It's simple, just send a gift of $25 indicating that you want to help provide a fruit basket for a need y family at Christmastime. If you would like to make your donation in honor of a loved one, just send the name on the special instructions on the checkout page.

Here are a few other ways that you can make the Christmas season brighter for your loved ones and our Nativie American parishioners;

Tekakwitha Prayer Petitions

In appreciation for your partnership in our Native American ministries, our parishioners want to pray for you. Please send your prayer need and I will have them placed at St. Benedict's Church. Throughout the Christmas season we will be praying for your intentions.
Submit a Prayer Request

Tekakwitha Devotional Gifts

You may want to receive a special Native American Christmas gift in thanks for your support. You can keep your gift or share it with a loved one.

   Tekakwtha Wood Bead Rosary    Angel Wing Wrap Bracelet/Necklace    

Tekakwitha Card

Send a Tekakwitha Christmas Card to special people in your life. They will be remembered in a special Christmas Mass at the Tekakwitha Indian Missions.


Tekakwitha Votive Candle

For your donation of $25 I will have a Tekakwitha Votive Candle lit for your intentions at St. Benedict's Church.


Donation Amount

  • $20.00
  • $25.00
  • Other$

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