The St. John’s Giving Tree is up and shining! This year, our goal is to provide Christmas joy to at least 50 families. Each family is invited to the St. John’s Christmas Giving Store, where the family can select gifts for their children, basic household items, a holiday meal and gas and grocery gift cards. How can you help? Please grab a tag or two from the Christmas Giving Tree table in the Narthex. Please return your unwrapped gift to the parish by Sunday, December 12.
For those who prefer to shop online and have gifts mailed directly to St. John the Baptist, we have created a St. John the Baptist 2021 Giving Tree Amazon wish list
Monetary donations are also welcome. You can donate to the Giving Tree at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/sjtbholidays Checks can be made payable to St John the Baptist and please note Christmas Giving Tree on your check. In addition to supporting local families, we will also be supporting Pregnancy Aid. If you have any questions or are interested in helping with the Christmas Giving Tree, please contact Andrea Shimek at 206-890-1005 or firstname.lastname@example.org
On December 8th, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Archbishop Etienne is lifting the official dispensation from attending Mass in person, such that every Catholic is now expected to return to the practice of receiving Eucharist physically. There are still caveats: please do not come to Mass if you are sick with Covid, the flu, or other contagious illness. If you have significant health issues, are caring for someone with significant health issues, or are immunocompromised, you are also still dispensed from in-person attendance. As a parish, we are continuing to care for those who are concerned about infection. We will be providing at least one distanced section in the sanctuary and will continue to require mask wearing while indoors. We will also work to ensure excellent ventilation and air flow in the sanctuary.
Please read the Archbishop’s letter below.
Thanksgiving Meal Collection
We are kicking off our annual drive to provide Thanksgiving meals to hundreds of families.
Through our partnership with Hilltop Red Apple, we are once again able to provide an entire Thanksgiving meal to a family for $30. Each meal comes with a whole turkey, 5lb bag of potatoes, bread rolls, canned yams, cranberry sauce, canned vegetable, a box of stuffing, a packet of gravy, and a pumpkin pie.
These meals are distributed to families through Catholic Community Services, Children’s Home Society, Kent School District, Kent Youth & Family Services, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and St. Vincent de Paul.
Envelopes will be available in the office and narthex. Checks can be made out to St. John the Baptist or you can donate online by phone by texting your donation amount to 253-617-3645 or via this website: https://tinyurl.com/sjtbthanksgiving.
Beginning with an orientation Sunday, November 7th, St. John the Baptist is again offering Financial Peace University, a program of David Ramsey that helps participants achieve their financial goals, whether to conquer debt, save for retirement, fund their children’s education, or simply to be able to give more back to God without worrying about whether it will cause problems down the road. St. John the Baptist funds half of the cost of the program. Contact Anne Frederick at extension 123 to learn more and to register.