Christmas Giving Tree

Each Advent, the Christmas Giving Tree appears in the back of the church with gift tag ornaments that list the needs of several organizations that we support through the year, but especially during the Advent and Christmas seasons. This ministry coordinates the needs of partnering organizations with the generous spirit of our parishioners in order to provide gifts and the necessities of life (food, clothing, baby formula, diapers, car seats, etc.) to those in need in our neighborhood and beyond. 


Organizations supported by the Giving Tree:

St. Agatha is our Sharing Parish and is located on the west side of Chicago. St. Agatha’s assists its parishioners and others in their neighborhood in need during the Christmas season and throughout the year. Their parish office receives requests from their registered families for gifts to be distributed at their annual Christmas event.

Courage is based at St. Germaine Parish in Oak Lawn and networks with high schools in their area, including Englewood, to provide resources to pregnant young women and single parents. Besides programs to help their personal growth and parenting skills, Courage provides its mothers with the necessities they cannot obtain on their own, such as formula, diapers, wipes, clothes and household items. Other parishes donate clothing and diapers for infants and we are asked for donations for toddlers as well as bedding and towels for the moms.

Marillac St. Vincent Family Services is located at 212 South Francisco in Chicago. They are committed to strengthening and empowering those most in need to reach their greatest potential. This is accomplished through quality child care and early childhood education, after-school programs, comprehensive services to isolated seniors, programs for pregnant and parenting teens and outreach to at-risk families and individuals.

Don's Helping Hands – those folks who come to the rectory for a sandwich and soup or pop. Daily requests for socks, hats and gloves are the norm.
Wentworth Elementary School - Since 2016, we have been working with Books First! Chicago to create libraries in the 70% of Chicago Public Schools in low-income neighborhoods that have none. Can you imagine growing up without books to read at home or at school?  If you are reading this, you know how important a solid foundation in reading (and writing) is.  For everything. Over the past few years, one of these schools, Wentworth, has seen growth in all areas except reading, which is in the 1st (lowest) percentile.  Primary Reading Coach Jessica Christopher, who has successfully fostered a culture of learning in other CPS and charter schools, has been hired to instill a love of reading in the kids at Wentworth (like our teachers do at St. Josaphat!)  She can’t do this alone! Our books will play a vital role.
Questions?  Want to volunteer? 
Contact Kelly Smith 
or Carol Galuhn