Every day children in our society are bombarded with hundreds of advertising messages. Current estimates are that the average child receives 3,000 advertising messages a day. For the most part these messages tell our children that they are not good enough unless they wear the right clothes, drink the right soda, or even carry the right cell phone. It is important that in Church our children hear a different message!
Our PSR children need to hear the stewardship message—that God has given them many unique and special gifts. They need to hear that Jesus loves them just as they are. Moreover, they need to realize that they have something to share with the rest of the world. For this reason, we now offer the Children’s Offertory Envelope Program, which will allow our children to place their own gifts to God in the Offertory basket each week.
Every student will have the opportunity to participate by personally filling out their weekly envelope and placing it in the offertory basket at Mass. We have selected envelopes that invite each child to share how they lived their faith each week. I hope that you will find them to be good conversation starters for your family. The envelopes also allow the children to write down a gift of time to prayer, or the talent that they have shared that week in service to others. We will be reporting the results of the Children’s Offertory Program periodically on the website and in the bulletin.
This program IS NOT to raise more money for our parish. The purpose is to teach the children the joy of giving and the fact that they need to be good stewards and give back to God out of gratitude for all that God has given to them.
One of the primary purposes of this effort is to teach children that it does indeed feel good to give. It is good for children’s self-esteem to know that they have something to offer back to the Church. For that reason, it is more important that a child puts in a nickel, dime, quarter or even a dollar from his or her own allowance and feels proud of that contribution than putting in money from Mom’s or Dad’s wallet, which is meaningless to the child.
Here are some of the ways our children have lived their faith these past weeks:
Week of December 17:
going to Church, Amen.
Lily has been helping a friend at school.
Being nice to other people and respecting others.
Week of November 26:
Spent time with my brother over break.
Using clean and respectful language.
I helped my parents with cleaning and cooking this Thanksgiving.
Week of November 19:
Not swearing and not using bad words.
I helped a friend.
Taking time to pray.
Reading Bible stories.
Week of November 12:
Being nice to my brother and sharing my toys.
Bieing respectful and not hurting everyone.
I prayed almost every night this week.
I held the door open for somebody.
I prayed the whole rossary.
Celebrating and honoring Veterans during a ceremony at school.
Week of November 5:
I prayed for my Mom on all souls day.
Going to Church
Loving God, Jesus
Week of October 29:
Going to PSR
I did chores in my house.
Giving a hug to someone who needed a hug
Keep calm and love God.
Week of October 22:
Making sure I say my prayers during meals especially in public.
Listening to my teacher and being nice to my friends.
Doing good and helping others.
Week of October 15:
I helped mom in the house.
Saying my prayers before bed. Reading about Daniel and the lions.
I learned Heaven is about God and Jesus.
Doing what my parents say.
Week of October 8:
Volunteering for the Agape. I helped with setup and cleanup.
I did’t fight my mom on taking shower.
I have been helpful with my little sister.
Sharing my time, talents and treasure.
Week of October 1:
Listening to my teacher.
Helping create teddybears for St. Judes and other hospitals for sick children.
I played with the new girl at school and made her feel welccome.
Helping others and being honest.
Week of September 24:
Prayed every night this week.
Being nice to my brother.
Behaving good this week.
Reading the Bible.
Week of September 17:
Respecting and helping my family and friends, taking time to pray, helping others, and keeping the Lord’s Day holy.
I dint want to go out side but I did anyway.
I gave money to hurricain victims.
I helped my Grandma water her flowers.