For many years, Santa has arrived after the Christmas Celebration service with individual gifts for the children. This year, the parents asked members of the congregation to collect gifts to give to charity for needy children. Santa still arrived as usual and handed out small gifts to the children. We are very grateful to Bláthnaid Quinn for organising this worthwhile initiative.
As part of our continuing partnership with the St Catharine’s Homeless Project, the congregation collected socks and gloves (men’s); hats and scarves and small toiletries.
In her email of thanks, written at the end of December, Sister Catherine-Marie writes,
A big 'Thank You' to you all for the large consignment of gifts which you collected and were delivered to us by Brian Robertson.
Some have already been given out due to the very cold spell of weather before Christmas and the rest will be put in the gift bags to be distributed to our 'guests' on Thurs 29th at their Christmas Dinner. A special word of thanks from Sr Aelred to all involved in this great work!
We wish everyone at St Mark's a very Happy New Year with many blessings.
We at St Mark’s, thank Brian Robertson for having delivered the ‘gifts’ to the homeless project.