The arrival of December so often means a flurry of activity, as we scour big box stores or search online for the perfect gifts. But for the children and families of our parish, we offer a Christmas shopping experience that’s both fun and beneficial to our parish and community. On Dec. 10, our Ladies Auxiliary chapter will be hosting the Christmas Market.
“We try and keep it affordable — nothing more than five dollars,” says Sandy Smith. “We feel that’s affordable for most families.”
The children of our parish community can come and shop for their family members, while their parents can enjoy some coffee and cookies. The members of the Ladies Auxiliary work hard to find items that are sold at the Christmas Market, with prices ranging from as low as 50 cents, up to five dollars.
“We have members that will help the children shop,” Sandy says. “And we wrap the gifts for them. So when the kids leave the Christmas Market, all the gifts are wrapped and ready to go under the tree, which is quite a time-saver for the parents!”
The Christmas Market has become a favorite tradition in our parish community over the past several years. The money collected through the event goes toward a few different projects, although that isn’t the main objective of the Christmas Market. Some of the funds go back into buying gifts for the next year’s market, while the Ladies Auxiliary also supports local organizations throughout the year, and adopts a family at Christmastime, so the money helps support these projects, too.
“We don’t do it as a fundraiser, but as a service project for the kids of the parish,” Sandy says. “We do try to have things all the kids can afford. We try to have a range and try to have things for every family member.”
The Ladies Auxiliary supports many projects and ministries throughout the entire year, across our parish communities, particularly the Knights of Columbus. Some of their work includes putting on a reception for the Confirmation students and assisting with fish frys.
“Basically, our mission is to be there to help the Knights with their mission,” Sandy says.
Up until two years ago, it was required that members of the Ladies Auxiliary be the spouse of a Knight to join. But this has since changed, and the group is now open to all women in the parish community.
“It’s a little bit of a social organization as well,” Sandy says. “Women of the parish get to know other women in the parish.”
The group meets at 6 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, from September through May, in the Knights of Columbus hall. They begin with dinner, then listen to a keynote speaker and finally end with business items.
Please be sure to join us for the Christmas Market, held on Dec. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Patrick’s Catholic Center.
For more information about the Ladies Auxiliary or the Christmas Market, contact Sandy Smith at 573-364-5796 or firstname.lastname@example.org.