The Advent season is a time for reflection, celebration and giving. Despite several new challenges, Our Lady of Joy Parish is committed to continuing our tradition of providing Christmas gifts to the 220 PreK- 8 students at St. Agnes Catholic School in Phoenix and the 150 K-6 students at St. Charles Apache Mission School in San Carlos. This marks our parish’s 12th year of support for the students at St. Agnes and the 18th year of supporting the students at St. Charles.
Due to the restrictions resulting from COVID-19, deliveries of gifts to the schools are not possible. In lieu of filling our customary red and green bags for each school, we will conduct a cash/check only drive this year during the month of November. Please write Christmas Project on the memo line. This will allow us to place orders for gifts and have them shipped directly to the schools. Each school’s staff and volunteers will fill the bags with a toy, book and necessities to be distributed to every student.
Special envelopes will be passed out after weekend masses in early November. Please return your envelopes to the parish office by Dec 1. With your help, we will make Christmas a little brighter for the students in these two underserved communities! THANK YOU!