As you will read in this newsletter, we recently collected and distributed over 300 Thanksgiving food baskets to families.
Before they left our offices, the Archbishop came and blessed the food and offered up the following prayer that I am sharing with you.
“A Prayer of Blessing”
God most provident, we join all creation In raising to you a hymn of Thanksgiving on this special day.
For generation upon generation peoples of this land have sung of your goodness; we too offer you praise for the rich harvest we received at your hands.
Bless us and this food which we share with grateful hearts.
Continue to make our land fruitful and let our love for you be seen in our pursuit of peace and need.
Praise and glory to you, Lord God, now and forever.
I hope that you are able to read this prayer with your own loved ones this Thanksgiving and delight in the blessings He gives to us.
Sr. Marjorie Hebert, MSC
President and CEO
|HOLIDAY FOOD BASKETS & GIFT DRIVE
Thanks to donors and volunteers like you, we were able to distribute 307 food baskets to families from 21 of our programs this year for our clients in need to have a warm, nutritious Thanksgiving!
|Archbishop Gregory Aymond blessed the Thanksgiving baskets prior to being delivered to families in need.
| You can still get involved in our Holiday Giving campaign by contributing to our Christmas toy and food drive! During the season of giving, you can provide families in need with food baskets, gifts and clothing. We are still in need of donors to adopt families this holiday season.
You can get involved by visiting our Holiday page or by downloading and returning the Christmas Adoption Form.
JOIN US ON GIVING TUESDAY:
We are excited to kick off a successful season of giving by participating in the #iGiveCatholic campaign which is modeled after Giving Tuesday.
Our hope is to raise $200,000 of our $2 million 2020 Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal goal on Giving Tuesday, December 1, 2020.
Gifts to the AHCA raise crucial unrestricted funds that allow us to respond swiftly, effectively, and compassionately in times of crisis or disaster.
Please consider making your AHCA gift through #iGiveCatholic on Giving Tuesday or donate in advance today! You can donate any time between 12:00 AM and 11:59 PM on Tuesday, December 1, or you can donate your gift in advance at any time.
|SAVE THE DATE:
December 24 & 25
Offices closed for Christmas
|Santa’s Helpers Volunteer Opportunity:
SANTA'S HELPERS VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY:
Help the CCANO Volunteer Department with the Adopt-a-Family/Adopt-an-Angel Program this holiday season! Sign up for a two hour shift and help receive gifts, fill out in-kind receipts, double check gift lists, and share the spirit of the season. Maximum of 2 volunteers per shift. Email Emily Stieber to sign up.
The shifts are as follows:
Wednesday, December 9 9am-11am (2 people) and 3pm-5pm (2 people)
Thursday, December 10 9am-11am (2 people) and 3pm-5pm (2 people)
Monday, December 14 9am-11am (2 people) and 3pm-5pm (2 people)
Tuesday, December 15 9am-11am (2 people) and 3pm-5pm (2 people)
Wednesday, December 16 9am -11am (2 people), 11am - 1pm (2 people), 1pm - 3pm (2 people) and 3pm - 5pm (2 people)
Sign-up by emailing Emily Stieber with what shift(s) you are signing up for.
|Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal
Gifts to the Archbiship Hannan Community Appeal (AHCA) raise crucial unrestricted funds that allow Catholic Charities to respond swiftly, effectively and compassionately in times of crisis or disaster.
Your donation means supporting a local charity that best understands local needs. We serve the 8 civil parishes that make up the Archdiocese of New Orleans: Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, St. Charles, St. John, and Washington parishes.
Archbishop Hannan Community Appeal Donors, Bruce and Jackie Shreves, have been involved in Catholic Charities goes back 30 years.
When speaking about why they donate to the AHCA campaign, they said, "I donate to the AHCA campaign because there are so many different services they provide under one umbrella that instead of giving to each one of these types of programs, I can give to one organization and all of those programs will be handled by their various offices. It is remarkable how many different services they provide and how many offices the various problems we have in the city. Hopefully, my donation will go to improve all of these programs and services."
Join Bruce and Jackie Shreves in providing unrestricted funds that allow us to help our neighbors in need.
|ADOPTION AWARENESS MONTH
This Adoption Awareness Month and National Adoption Day, which took place on November 21, Catholic Charities would like to highlight children that have been adopted through our Adoption Services. In the past year, Adoption Services has served 62 persons. For more information about Adoption Services, visit here.
|NEW PROGRAM UPDATES:
Sacred Heart Church Opens New Food for Seniors Distribution Site In Lacombe, La
Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Lacombe, La joyfully hosted a “Grand Opening” celebration for its new Food for Seniors distribution site on November 24, 2020, just in time for Thanksgiving! Approximately 100 families in Lacombe currently receive monthly food supplies from Food for Seniors, and until now, Lacombe families were driving to either Mandeville or East Slidell to get their boxes. Beginning with Thanksgiving 2020, the community of Lacombe is proud to have its own new site to serve families on a local basis.
A Double Blessing at Thanksgiving
Jayme and Matthew are feeling extra thankful this holiday season. The couple recently became the parents of twins placed through Adoption Services of Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans. Jayme and Matt were selected by their children’s birth parents in August and began meeting with them shortly thereafter. The twins, Charles and Murphy, were born at the end of September and placed with Matt and Jayme directly from the hospital following their birth.
DONATE TO #iGiveCatholic
You can donate any time between 12:00 AM and 11:59 PM on Tuesday, December 1, or you can donate your gift today!