And our thoughts are starting to turn towards preparing for it. Later on we’ll think about which Mass or Masses we will attend, we’ll start to prepare ourselves for a meaningful Reconciliation, we might put the Parish Advent Reflections on our list of things to attend or maybe the Advent Retreat facilitated by Fr Tony. For now though, our focus is probably on gift giving and we’ve started ticking off THE list. As each year passes, gifts that make a difference seem to become of paramount importance. All over the world people are suffering and although we can’t help everyone, we can as they say, always help someone. Luckily for us, when we start looking around, there are a multitude of opportunities out there for us to choose from.

1. St. Vincent de Paul - Will soon be advertising for the combined Church food hampers. Think about adding something to your weekly shop to help them in helping our local families who are struggling.

2. Kmart Wishing Tree - This helps the Salvation Army assist those in need.

3. Our Lady of the Missions - (Sr Regina’s mob) Have a catalogue of ‘Gifts that Make a Difference’ out. (

  • $25 will help with nutrition and basic needs for children from the slums of Kolkata, INDIA

  • $50 will help with Medical assistance and PPE for mothers & children, Matuu, KENYA

  • $75 will help with food and essential items for poor families, Bagerhat, BANGLADESH

  • $100 will help with personal hygiene and health care support in Hogar Belen, Peru

4. Compassion Australia - have released their ‘Gifts of Compassion’ catalogue. ( with gifts ranging from $5 to $6,500 from packets of vegetable seeds to a safe house. There is something for everyone: chickens, goats, cows, clean water, vaccinations, mosquito nets, and the list goes on. Take a look.

5. Catholic Mission - have a tab on their website ‘Life-Giving Gifts’. ( In the tax deductible section they have from $12 to $12,000 gifts of chickens, pigs, cows, medicine and wheelchairs, to water for a whole community; and in the non-tax deductible section they have rosaries, catechism classes, agricultural skill training for seminarians and even building a church, with gift costs from $12 to $22,800.

6. Another option - For those who can’t donate in any of the above ways, maybe volunteering your time and service to a cause that helps others, is a possibility.

2 Corinthians 9:7: Each one must give as he has decided in his heart,

not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.