2nd Annual Help A Seminarian Advent Drive
For the second year in a row we are holding our now annual Help a Seminarian Advent Drive and you too can help if you want. Why help a seminarian? While we do have a collection for the seminary education fund each year, those funds cover tuition and fees and are not used for personal or study related expenses, such as books, or upkeep of a personal vehicle. I know that our seminarians will greatly appreciate whatever small assistance they may receive. We do need to remember that these men have given up a full time job to have themselves prepared to give their life over to the Church and therefore they need whatever assistance we might together as God's family be able to provide.
How can you help? There are two ways. First, this week we sent out to every parish in the diocese giving-tree tags that can be hung on the parish giving tree. Each tag has the name of one seminarian. We ask that if you can help and do not have access to one of the tree tags this year, simply choose one of the names listed below to help. We request that you send one gift card, either to Staples, Wal Mart, CVS, Rite Aide, Best Buy, a Gas Card, Visa or Mastercard gift card of any denomination. Please place it in a secure envelope and mail it with the Seminarians name on it to the Vocation Office of the Norwich Diocese at 201 Broadway, Norwich CT. 06360.
The second way of helping a seminarian is through the gift of prayer. If at this time you are unable to give a gift card - please consider sending a prayer card; that is, give the gift of prayer to one of our seminarians as this would be the greatest gift of all, and also greatly appreciated. Write a note and gift to the seminarian whatever prayers you would like. This is also known as a "Spiritual Bouquet". For example; you might say in a note that you will remember to pray at each Sunday Mass throughout the Christmas season for his intentions. Maybe offer five rosaries for him, or offer to remember him each day at a certain hour by praying the Hail Mary or Our Father for him. It is your gift so be creative! Write a note and mail it with the seminarians name on it to the address mentioned above.
All gifts will be seperated by seminarian name and during the Christmas season at a gathering with Bishop Cote we will deliver them as their Christmas gift from the Diocesan Family. Thank you for joining in supporting our present seminarians and letting others who God may be calling to make this sacrifice know they to will have our full support. Have a Blessed Advent season and thank you for your Kindness and prayers.
SEMINARIANS: Deacon Martin Noe, Deacon Jonathan Ficara, Jeff Ellis, Peter Langevin, Tom Griffin, Kurt O'Brien, Juan Aguirre