St. Denis Church, Douglas, MA

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Children's Stewardship Program

Dear Parents,

Every day children in our society are bombarded with hundreds of advertising messages. Current estimates are that the average child receives 3,000 advertising messages a day. For the most part these messages tell our children that they are not good enough unless they wear the right clothes, drink the right soda, or even carry the right cell phone. I think it is important that in church, our children hear a different message.

They need to hear that Jesus loves them just as they are. They need to hear that God has given each and every one of them unique and special gifts. They need to hear the message of Stewardship, the message that their unique and special gifts are given to share with the rest of the world. Stewardship is the lesson that prepares our children to follow Godís will for their lives.

With your help, I would like to introduce the Childrenís Offertory Envelope Program, which will allow our children to place their own gifts to God in the Offertory basket each week during Mass. We want to be clear about the fact that the purpose of this program IS NOT to raise money for our parish, but to teach our children the joy of giving and the fact that they need to give back to God out of gratitude for all that God has given to them. During the sacrifice of the Mass, the Offertory is the time for the children to join with us, in making a pleasing sacrifice to God.

I do hope I can count on your support of this program for our children. I believe this opportunity to participate in the Offertory will be a positive experience, helping them to grow into stronger and more giving Catholic adults. I ask you to support the effort by first and foremost bringing your child to Mass every weekend and throughout the week, discussing thoughts and feelings about Stewardship of Prayer, Service and Sacrificial Giving.

I DO NOT expect you to supply your child with the money for their envelopes. One of the primary purposes of this effort is to teach children that it does indeed feel good to give. It is good for their self-esteem to know that they have something to offer back to the world. For that reason, it is more important that a child puts in a nickel, dime, quarter etc., of his/her own and he/she feels proud of that contribution, as opposed to putting in five dollars from Mom or Dadís wallet, which is meaningless to the child.

I hope that you and your family will be as excited about this program as I am. As always, I pray for Godís blessings upon you and your family.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Fr. Ernie


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