Each year, as we enter the Christmas season, many individuals and organizations contact us concerning their need for food and supplies. We, at Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, have an opportunity to respond to this need while living out Goals 1, 3, and 4 of Sacred Heart schools.
The practice of preparing food baskets for those in need at Christmas has been a long-standing tradition for our school community. Every year, Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School commits to provide at least as many baskets as there are families in our School. Each family's participation is essential to honor this commitment.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this custom, each school family provides a decorated basket (or box) of food that will allow a family to prepare a holiday meal. Laundry baskets make great containers for holding and transporting these meals. Baskets may include staples such as rice, potatoes, or noodles; canned goods; a turkey, ham, or chicken if frozen; vegetables; bread; dessert; household items; candy—whatever your family would like to contribute. Please do not include any items with alcohol.
Our Christmas Basket tradition can be a great Advent family activity. Here are a few suggestions that may be helpful in truly making this a family project:
- talk about this as a family and decide how each member is to have a part in the project
- ask each member to contribute some personal money each week to pay for the groceries
- have children take turns going to the store to purchase items for the basket so that each child feels included
- take time before your family meal to pray for those who are in need, especially for those who will receive your food basket
- volunteer to deliver food baskets on Friday, December 16
Baskets may to be dropped off at the West Door of the 1929 Main Building between 3:00 and 4:00 pm on Thursday, December 15, or between 6:30 and 8:30 am on Friday, December 16. A team of adults and students will be at the West Door to receive your basket. Even if you are delivering baskets, please bring your basket to the West Door first to be included in the total count!
Please remember this is a required school day. Christmas Basket Mass will begin at 9:00 am on Friday, December 16. Oak Hill students should arrive at their regular time; Villa Duchesne students need to be at school by 8:30 am for announcements in the Auditorium. Student should dress in church-going clothes (NO jeans).
Families are invited to join us for Mass; students will be dismissed after the Mass for Christmas Break (approximately 10:15 am). The students will have assigned seating, and we are asking all visitors to sit in the designated areas of Kenefick Gymnasium. There will be chairs for everyone with ushers available to seat you. Delivery of the baskets will begin around 10:45 am. This gives us time to sort the baskets after Mass. Please know that we are always in need of drivers to deliver baskets. If your family would like to take part in delivering the baskets, please email Krista Richardson at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, December 5.
As we enter into this Advent season, let us pray for one another that the Lord might truly find a home in each of us and in our families this Christmas. Let us also pray for those who are suffering or marginalized, those who find this holiday season a lonely one, and those who are in special need of God’s love at this time.
Thank you for your generosity! May this Christmas be a special one for each of you.