THANKSGIVING FOOD COLLECTION
The St. Agnes Thanksgiving tradition of sharing food with the rural poor in Virginia will continue with parishioner help. The youth ministry, led by Fatima Estorninos, will begin packing the food the Sunday before Thanksgiving. The Cub Scouts and their parents will transport the food to Madison/Culpepper the Friday after Thanksgiving. All donations should be shelf stable, without refrigeration. This is a short food drive focused on the holiday. The collection at the Thanksgiving Day Mass will be sent to Our Lady of the Blue Ridge for further distribution. The rural poor have come to depend on our generosity to see them through the Advent period. All are grateful to the parents and Cub Scouts, and occasional grandparents, who give part of their family holiday to transport food. Scout parent drivers should contact the Cub Leader to participate. The food will be collected the Sunday before Thanksgiving, November 20th, for those who will be out of town on the holiday, and on Thanksgiving Day, Thurs., Nov. 24th at Mass. Questions? Call Helen Rebull (703-522-3918).
ADVENT GIVING TREE
This year St. Agnes Parish is giving Christmas gifts to Catholic Charities, Center for Adoption and Pregnancy Services, as well as numerous families in the area that have expressed a need for assistance at Christmas time. Please pick up an ornament from the Giving Tree next to the statue of St. Agnes in the vestibule of the church. Each ornament will describe the needs of a child or family including age and size if necessary. Return your gift with the gift tag UNWRAPPED to a free location under the tree by the weekend of Sat./Sun., Dec. 3rd-4th. Your generosity will make Christmas Day a happier time for a child or family that is in need. If you chose an ornament that asked for a gift card, they should be placed into an envelope with the gift tag and taken to the parish office during office hours or slipped into the mail slot. Thank you ahead of time for your love, prayers, and generosity.