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PARISH HAPPENINGS
4th Quarter 2012

The 2012 Annual Food Pantry Holiday Food Boxes and the Annual Community Toy Drive is officially Closed.
This Year through the generous Community reaction  we were able to serve 107 households for Thanksgiving 
and 117 food boxes for Christmas.  

The Annual Community Toy Drive served 44 families with Toys for school age children.

Through private donations a beautiful basket was specially designed for each  household by Mrs. Deborah Darder, 
her sister Robin Hess' Rulli and her group of volunteers. 

When your donations arrived we were amazed and thankful for your generosity and your cheerful giving towards our Annual Drive.

As one recipient phrased it "Once again, through your kindness the stigma of being in need was made a little more 
bearable because you cared". 

Personally I would like to thank all the Pantry Volunteers who so thoughtfully help manage the Pantry weekly hours.  
You are the angels and we are truly blessed with all you do over and over.

On behalf of the households we serve at the pantry we would like to say, Thank you from the bottom of our hearts
and to wish you all a joyous and prosperous New Year.  

Respectfully submitted, 

Socorro Marin
 


St. Paul's Christmas  church decorations were again this year the work of the many volunteer elves providing the hours necessary to made the church look so beautiful for the celebration of the birth of Jesus.
St. Paul’s puts house on market...Don’t wait on this SWEET deal! Someone is sure to EAT this one up! 
This Gingerbread House has never been lived in and was only used one time during the 2012 Christmas Parade in Hancock.
On Sunday December 16, after the 9AM Mass the religious education class put on a program in the Father Rausch Hall featuring the real meaning of Christmas by using puppets. The kids did a great job of coordinating the actions of the puppets to the music and the words of the Christmas story they were telling. The audience really enjoyed this different way of telling the real story of Christmas as well as the goodies that were provided.
The many Elves from St. Paul's put their thinking caps on again this year and came up with a design for the float to represent St. Paul's in Hancock's  Christmas Parade for 2012. The Ginger Bread House was put together with the Elves volunteering numerous hours and the kids were dressed as presents with some riding on the float and others walking along side distributing Ginger Bread Cookies that were baked and decorated one evening at Father Rausch Hall.
This year The Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry Thanksgiving Holiday boxes were distributed on November 20, 2012.
107 households were served for a total of 174 Adults and 94 Children.

This I believe is a large number of households for such a small communities.  These households range from senior citizens living alone to 
large families with children.  They are local residents on fixed incomes who just can't make ends meet.  There are many who have lost their jobs 
and can't get back on their feet.  A number of them do have jobs which are part time or minimum wage earnings and a visit to the pantry supplements
that income.

The Pantry survives and even thrives on the generosity of regular deliveries from Delaware County Food Bank, regular donors, food drives by scouts,
post office, schools, churches, civic groups, local businesses, and our local supermarket.  

Behind the scenes there are a number of volunteers who give countless hours on a weekly basis to man the pantry and help stack, fill and refill the bags 
and shelves.  All in an effort to make things a little easier for their community members.  I cannot thank these folks enough for their help and dedication.
It is priceless.

To our Generous Donors I would like to assure you, all of us at the pantry make every effort to try to allocate your donations appropriately.  New York State
Law requires us to serve anyone and everyone who expresses a need.  Our volunteer staff prides itself in serving all of our applicants with much  dignity
and respect.  We feel they are all great people and circumstances happen,  so we are here to help not to judge.

If you would like to join our wonderful volunteer staff contact us at 607-637-2582.  We could use your help, donations and most especially your Prayers.
Monetary donations can be mailed to us at 316 West Main Street Hancock, NY 13783 or 225 East Main Street Hancock, NY  Attention Socorro Marin.
On Sunday, December 2nd (the First Sunday of Advent) a small group of people gathered at the Father Rausch Hall to make Advent Wreaths. The wreaths turned out beautifully and the participants were very proud of their work.  The group also enjoyed a meal provided by out Hospitality Committee.

Thank You, to those that arranged the event and also to all that participated.
The Kitchen Renovation Committee held a breakfast at the Father Rausch Hall on Sunday, November 18th. They served over a hundred breakfasts and raised $650.00. A special thank you to the many volunteers that helped to make it a success and to the people that came for the breakfast.
Trenten Roger Gill was Baptized at the 4 PM Mass on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012. Gina and Tom O'Boyle were the Godparents.
The month of November has been designated, "Called by Name" by the Diocese of Albany. During the month special prayers are asked for the vocation to the priesthood and religious life. Later in the month parishioners will be asked to submit the name of someone between the ages of 18 to 55 who the believe would  make a good candidate for the priesthood or religious life. There will then be a retreat of discernment for the candidates held in Albany and led by Bishop Hubbard .

Father Chris received a special blessing from the parishioners at the weekend Masses on Nov. 3rd and 4th. The blessing was led by Ed White, St. Paul's Pastoral Council, Chairman.


Click here for the link to St. Paul the Apostle Church financial information for July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012