During Advent we would like to share our many blessings with the children of our Diocese.
This year we have been asked to join in two Christmas toy drives:
As we did last year we are collecting toys with a local merchant from Montague Street. The Custom House restaurant invites local Brooklyn Heights Merchants and neighbors to donate a toy to be distributed in Brooklyn. Please leave them unwrapped as the agencies will perform that task.
The Brooklyn West Community Center of Catholic Charities is conducting a toy drive on behalf of local families with children between infancy and age 18 years. All toy donations should be NON-VIOLENT and UNWRAPPED (Please, no guns, knives, or other violent toys.) The greatest need is gifts for teenagers. Many teenagers most enjoy receiving gift certificates from popular chain clothing stores. Any gift certificates should be given directly to Father Ed, an usher, or drop it off at the Rectory during business hours.
Providence House, founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph, helps homeless, abused, and formerly incarcerated women along with their children to transform their lives. Please donate new clothing for children sizes layette through size 10. There is a need for hat, scarf and mitten/glove sets.
We will have cartons for the toy donations and shopping bags for the Providence House children’s clothing donations in the rear of the church through Sunday, December 15th.
To the parishioners who always give, a prayerful thank you for helping the children of our diocese.
The Bella Voce Singers will be performing “Hope”, which will include Linda Tutas Haugen’s “Anne Frank: A Living Voice,” as well as works by Dale Warland, Elizabeth Alexander, Donald Moore, and Mark Weston, among others. Join us on December 14 at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 at the door.
Theater 2020 will present Two Holiday events GREAT for the WHOLE family at Saint Charles Borromeo Church:
Sunday, December 8 at 3pm (doors open at 2:30pm)
“Making Spirits Bright” with the vocal group RPM
Join professional performers Pat & Locke Wallace, Mary Lou Barber, John Canary, Paula Hoza, Luisa Tedoff and Tim Weiss, for a friendly laid back hour long concert featuring some of your favorite traditional, and not so traditional holiday music. This event includes an optional sing-a-long on some of the classics & a lovely reception with the artists immediately following the concert. Last year we had children literally dancing in the aisles! A suggested donation of $20 but ANY donation (cash only at the door) will get you in.
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Bishop DiMarzio was sent a questionnaire from the Synod of Bishops in preparation for an Extraordinary General Assembly on the “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization” which has been summoned by Pope Francis. We invite you to share your thoughts on the family by going to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DOB_papalsurvey before Friday, December 13, 2013. Your input will be deeply appreciated!