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Spreading Christmas joy

Posted By December 22, 2011 | 11:57 am | Featured Article #3


Photo by Tanya Connor
OXFORD – Preparations for Christmas started early at St. Roch Parish, as the craft and gift table at its Harvest Fair Nov. 12 included decorations and winter clothing. Displaying some of them, from left, are Barbara Swenson, Patty Mahota, Denise Tsetsos and Olga Brault. Sneaking a peek at far right is Susan Vincent.


FITCHBURG – The Saint Bernard Central Catholic High School community has been busy trying to help those in need during the holiday season. Campus Ministry ran a Winter Coat Drive, collecting more than a dozen bags full of winter coats, sweaters, hats and mittens for Catholic Charities. They also baked approximately 200 Christmas cookies for families in need in the Leominster area. National Honor Society students collected food for Catholic Charities in their  “Feed A  Family For  A Day” program.  To provide for a variety of foods, each class was asked to bring in something different: freshman brought in breakfast food; sophomores brought in lunch food; juniors brought in dinner food and seniors brought in baby food.
The Class of 2013 wanted to do their part and set up a Giving Tree in the main hallway of the school to collect Christmas presents for Catholic Charities. They were successful in their endeavor and had many presents underneath the tree, which not only made it festive for the school, but also made it special, knowing they were being donated to those in need during the holiday season.
With the holidays approaching and the students thinking of those in need, the staff and administration at St. Bernard’s felt they should do their part as well. They collected hundreds of dollars in gift cards and presents for families, which were donated to local churches.

Submitted by Tara Gauthier,
Director of Development & Special Events



WEBSTER – Nineteen youths from the Webster Youth Group created a rather impressive Ginger Bread Church on Sunday Dec. 4 for the Sacred Heart Church open house.  The Webster Youth Group is comprised of youths from Sacred Heart Church, St Joseph Basilica and St Louis Church.  The youths built the church which stood about 30 inches high, 30 inches long and 12 inches wide out  of a gingerbread base and decorated it with candy, cereal, pretzel sticks and frosting.

Submitted by Mary Ellen Valcour
Youth Ministry Coordinator, Webster Youth Group



Photo by Nancy Franchi
WORCESTER – The Singing Servants, Deacons Peter Motyka, Bill White, Joe Clonan, Dave Vaillancourt, Jack Franchi and Ron Buron, visit various Chancery offices each Christmas season to fill the halls with carols. The baritones are often joined by Chancery employees in singing familiar songs.

Photo by Tanya Connor
WEBSTER – Students from St. Anne School direct traffic to their Holiday Craft Fair earlier this month.