Our Mission Statement
Inspired by the vision of the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching,
the members of the Justice and Peace Committee at Our Lady of the Lake
Parish seek to foster ways which promote the dignity of all persons and
all creation and bring about justice and peace. Challenged by the
example of Christ, the group strives to follow and to teach, by
example, this foundational dimension of our Faith.
Christmas Giving Ideas
As we celebrate Jesus’ birth during the Christmas season, we share our joyfulness with others through acts of giving. We invite you to use this season to bring yourself and your loved ones closer to God by choosing gifts that reflect the true meaning of Christmas. By being intentional with your gift giving, you can help to shape our local and global community in ways that promote social justice and other Catholic values.
It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
-- Mother Teresa
Put Others First
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Shop for the best in global artistry and traditional craftsmanship
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fall craft shows offer gifts for sale that are handmade and support
Simplify Holiday Prep
(Buy Nothing Day) and forego shopping on
Black Friday to plan/coordinate
the gift of outdoor events with friends & family.
There must be more to life than having everything!
a cue from the Magi for the kids and give 3 gifts: 1 they need, 1
they wish for, 1 surprise.
Make & repurpose your own
decorations & gift-wrap.
Send Christmas postcards instead of
cards or make your own cards.
Make a pact with relatives & friends
to not exchange gifts but instead spend time or a dinner together.
Draw names instead of buying for
everyone in the family.
memories in re-using your holiday
crèche or other seasonal items from year to year.
-- Maurice Sendak
Practice Simple & Sustainable
Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.
Buy family oriented gifts, like board or
yard games, instead of individual gifts.
Avoid junk toys that will quickly break
and end up in the trash.
Spree Repurposed: Get together with family and friends and have fun
shopping at local second-hand and consignment shops. Donate your
household unneeded items at the same time!
toys with Santa. Along with
cookies and milk, leave (gently used) old toys under the tree on
Christmas Eve for Santa to “take back to the North Pole.”
children a gift of music or sports lessons
to encourage and enjoy experience over ‘things’.
out the holiday books each year and have a group read aloud, along
with a cup of hot chocolate.
a book of family recipes, stories or photos to share.
a book exchange and discuss books, or give everyone in your family
the same book and host a discussion group in February.
Homemade gifts and exchanges. Giving a baked treat, handmade scarf
or pot holder, or a handmade card, is always a welcome gift.
the gift of time ... Make coupons for friends and family to help
with chores, bake treats, or spend time doing something with the
recipient that you know they will enjoy.
the gift of time ... Make a plan to gather as a group several times
through the year to volunteer at your local foodbank, and then tie
in the volunteer time with a meal or cup of coffee together to catch
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
Read the Justice and Peace Committee bulletin announcements each weekend in
the Our Lady of the Lake Parish bulletin under the "Justice & Peace" column.
Click here, and select this week's bulletin, then go to the "Justice and Peace" section.
Short essays expressing thoughts by Committee members inspired by Catholic Social Teaching
Upcoming events and announcements
Exchanges with other individuals and organizations
Some of our favorite prayers and meditations on peace and justice
A list of books and articles we have studied
Links to other organizations and online resources
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