Make a Year-End Donation to St. Julia this Christmas, and Sustain Our Future
Dear Friends and Parishioners:
Saint Julia’s is celebrating 100 years of faith and our parish needs your help and financial support to secure a vibrant future. Our Catholic faith is largely lived on the local level of the parish community and your contributions provide our parish’s only source of income. Saint Julia Parish strives to accomplish our ongoing mission of evangelization with sacramental ministries, faith formation, works of charity and service.
This past year, the parish has embraced some new outreach ventures and enhanced other existing ministries. We have teamed with Neustros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH) to transform children’s lives in Central and South America and the Caribbean so that they can become productive and self-sufficient members of their communities. We have continued to provide assistance to refugee families seeking legal asylum. Through the efforts of our Faith Formation team we purchased, packaged and delivered some 10,000 simple dried meals for the impoverished population of Burkino Faso, West Africa. Our commitment to the needy in our midst continues through our ministries at Bristol Lodge, Pine Street Inn and contributions to the work of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and Food Pantry.
Our ministries, parish facilities and charitable outreach depend upon your generosity. The parish’s ongoing expenses for maintenance, utilities, salaries, educational and evangelical endeavors are presently not being met by parish collections. The 2019 Fiscal Year ended positively only due to an unexpected bequest of $60,000 from a parishioner’s will.
Please help our parish maintain financial stability by generously supporting our Saint Julia Parish 2019 Grand Annual Appeal. Our Budgeted Goal of $300,000 can only be met if all parishioners participate in some way. We request prayerfully considering a contribution or pledge of $750 with the hope that those who can give more will respond with greater generosity. Donations by means of stocks or bonds will be happily facilitated.
With sincere gratitude,
Fr. Mark Mahoney, Pastor
Note: Please refer to our weekly bulletin (on our website) for updates on contributions received and the progress toward reaching our fiscal goal. Thank you to all who have helped and supported our parish in so many ways!
“For it is in giving that we receive.” — Saint Francis of Assisi
Christmas Giving Tree: Donations DUE by Sunday, December 8, 2019
Bring Christmas blessings to our local families in need served by St. Vincent de Paul and to children of the tri-parish in Dorchester. Your example of generosity to these recipients will help make Christmas brighter during this season of Advent. Check our ‘Christmas Giving Trees’ in both churches for tags (stars) noted with recipients in need.
Here’s all you have to do:
Step 1: Choose a star (with a child’s or family’s wish) from the Giving Tree.
Step 2: Buy a gift appropriate to the age/gender listed, or follow the request on the star (to give a gift card or monetary donation).
Step 3: Put the UNWRAPPED gift into a gift bag + ATTACH your star on the outside.
Step 4: Please RETURN the gift to either church by Sunday, December 8, 2019 – for ample time to sort/collect.
Frequently Asked Questions about Giving Tree gifts:
Who gets the gift I buy? St. Julia Parish donates gifts to the children of Dorchester’s Tri-Parishes and of our local SVDP client families.
How do I give a monetary gift? You can support the Giving Tree project monetarily if you are unable to go out and choose a gift. Please make checks payable to St. Vincent de Paul with memo: Giving Tree. Please drop checks in the collection basket at Mass, mail to 374 Boston Post Road, Weston, MA 02493, or deposit in one of our church’s Poor Boxes.
How are monetary donations used? Monetary donations are used first to fulfill any gift requests that are not taken care of and then any remaining donations are added to the general fund of our local St. Vincent de Paul Conference to serve people in need in Lincoln and Weston.
Where do I put my gift card? The easiest and safest way to donate a gift card is to put it in a small gift bag (just like any other gift) and return it to either of our churches or the parish center with star attached. The bag ensures that gift cards will not get lost in the shuffle of the many gifts collected.
Why do I need to return the gift unwrapped, but in a bag? Unwrapped gifts are easier to identify, to ensure the request has been met. The bag allows parents or party organizers to easily finish wrapping the gifts with the simple addition of tissue paper before giving to children.
Why do I need to attach the star? The colored star allows our Giving Tree team to sort efficiently all the gift requests and get them to the appropriate charity and recipient.
Thank you for making a difference to a family in need this Christmas season! God bless you!