Every day children in our society are bombarded with hundreds of advertising messages. Current estimates are that the average child receives thousands of 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:
This week I lived my faith by:
Following house rules
Being good to my little sister
for God and mommy.
I helped my pop-pop cut down banana trees.
I helped my aunt at our Parish Appreciation Dinner.
Giving my friend a snack when they were hungry.
Helping my friend with math in school
Spending time with my family
I could of been jealous about something but I decided to be excited for someone.
Giving gifts to my teacher at school and PSR.
Honored Veterans with my chorus at a Veterans Home in Milford and a program at Clayton Elementary.
Bringing in can goods for a shelter.
Spending time with my family.
Creating a poster about Advent for PSR. And I won!
Helping out at First Reconciliation
Giving money to the Ronald McDonald House
Helping others at school, being Kind
I went to Mass with my dad.
Being a good friend.
Helping the kids at my class, being nice to my friends
I learned about Saint Patrick!
Helping a friend when he was upset
Praying with my best friend and my brother
I helped people in my school.
By going to PSR and going to Mass
Helped the CRE set up for a meeting
Bought a friend a water bottle at a dance when he didn’t have money
Helping my mom-mom feed the horses
Reading the Bible
I did 3 laps of the Prayer Walk.
Saying grace every single time I eat.
Going to Cowtown to cheer other people as if they are brand new. Amen.
I help my mom with the dishes.
When my friend was sad, I made her feel better.
Going to Saturday Mass to altar serve for somebody who couldn’t go.
I want to pray for my mom that she is happy in heaven.
Giving up my electronics for lent. Amen.
Helping my grandma make dinner.
I cleaned the basement with my mom, dad and sister.
Feeding the dog. I helped Grams clean and cook.
Helping my sister with different tasks. I also made the honor roll for the second time.
Helped my grandma.
Held the door for my classmates and nice to my brother.
Helping my Mom with the dishes.
I complimented a friend.
I pray every night to God and Jesus. Amen.
Helping my old teacher Mrs. Tracy again.
I helped my teacher with the mailboxes.
I helped my friend with a math problem.
Helping my family and classmates including my teacher.
I be nice to my friends and family
Helping my parents and doing my chores
Helping my teacher. Also my teacher helped me get caught up with everybody in my class because I was in Disney.
Helping others. Amen
Helping my Mom and Dad. Amen
Preparing for Jesus. Amen.
Helping my friends
Yesterday, I told my friends how great Jesus is.
Helping my Mom and Dad, also my teacher
Helping my mom, dad, dog and sister
Be nice to my friends and family
Giving candy to a kid who had no candy on Halloween
Doing my chores
Doing morning prayer with my stepbrother
Helping others when they need it. And trying my best to pray. And respecting others and being as nice as possible.
Lily has been the teachers’ helper.
Sharing my time by taking my dog outside and being honest and helping my family.
Alex participated in a walk for Turner’s Syndrome to help raise money and awareness on Saturday.
I cleaned my room.
Passing out papers for my teacher
I helped my classmate put a paper where your supposed to.
I helped my teammate score a goal at my soccer practice.
Lily helped little kids off her school bus.
Helping Mommy and Daddy. Being good in school.
I help fund raise for shelter dogs.
I helped my friend in Math class.
I helped someone pick up their stuff when they dropped it.
Being nice to my family.
I helped kids at school because I’m safety patrol.
I had a good day at school.
going to Church, Amen.
Lily has been helping a friend at school.
Being nice to other people and respecting others.
Spent time with my brother over break.
Using clean and respectful language.
I helped my parents with cleaning and cooking this Thanksgiving.
Not swearing and not using bad words.
I helped a friend.
Taking time to pray.
Reading Bible stories.
Being nice to my brother and sharing my toys.
Being respectful and not hurting everyone.
I prayed almost every night this week.
I held the door open for somebody.
I prayed the whole rosary.
Celebrating and honoring Veterans during a ceremony at school.
I prayed for my Mom on all souls day.
Going to Church
Loving God, Jesus
Going to PSR
I did chores in my house.
Giving a hug to someone who needed a hug
Keep calm and love God.
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.
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.
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.
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 welcome.
Helping others and being honest.
Prayed every night this week.
Being nice to my brother.
Behaving good this week.
Reading the Bible.
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.