In love and service for our neighbor, Saint Kateri Parish has adopted a loose change collection.
Shiprock Mission was introduced by a visiting Deacon on Mission Sunday who explained the critical need of our Native American brethren living in New Mexico, one of the poorest in the nation. After contacting the Diocese of Gallup in New Mexico, Saint Kateri Christ the King was partnered with Christ the King parish on the Navaho Indian reservation. Of course, the common name is a coincidence that can’t be missed, but we were doubly amazed to have found their patroness is Saint Kateri.
A recent Christmas greeting tells of how the aid is being used. “…we have taken 32 huge boxes of clothes and 14 bags of blankets to six areas of the Reservation.” It goes on to say how, even in such great need, they “pay it forward” by giving two sacks of blankets to one of their neighboring churches for their elderly. Being Christmas, gifts were included for battered women and their children living in a local shelter. In addition, Shiprock Mission was also able to acquire and distribute “A Minute in Church,” a booklet for reflection during Advent. To quantify the number of people served, it is approximately 600-700.
Parish wide loose change collections are taken on a quarterly basis.
John and Anne Aloisio / (585) 319-4094