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 Third Sunday of Advent | December 16 and 17

Random Acts of Kindness
#Light #StBarbara2020

We do believe that these actions will be essential to the work of drawing all people into a deepening relationship with Christ. Our goal is not to do everything on our own. Christ has invited us to share in a work that goes far beyond our capabilities and resource. It is a part of his mission that we are to work in conjunction with all people of good will.

  1. Take time to appreciate the sunrise and sunset today while spending time thanking Jesus for all that he has given you.
  2. Read "Mary's Yes" (the Magnificat) in Luke 1:44-57 and pray that Mary will give you the courage to be open to God's will in your life.
  3. Prepare for Christ's coming by reading Isaiah 61:1-2a and 10-11.
  4. Buy a gift you would personally like to have, then wrap it and give it to a local family shelter (i.e. Women's Shelter in Greensburg).
  5. Give a gift this Christmas to someone who is not expecting it.
  6. Send a religious Christmas card to a friend or relative you haven't talked to in a while just to see how they are doing.
  7. Find your favorite Christmas story and read it together as a family or with a close friend.
  8. Buy a Christmas candle and leave it on your neighbor's front porch with a note of thanks or encouragement.
  9. Lighten your soul by writing down five things that worry you; then rip them up and toss them aside reminding yourself that Jesus is the light in your darkness.
  10. Place a few dollars in a zip lock bag and hide it in the toy section of the Dollar Store with a note that says "Buy Something On Me and Have a Merry Christmas!"
  11. Let someone go in front of you at the grocery or department store this week.
  12. Be a light to others by choosing your favorite Bible verse and sharing it on social media.

Snap a picture of your act of kindness and share it on social media using the hashtags #Prepare #StBarbara2020. Then encourage your family, friends and neighbors to join in and pay it forward with you.

 Second Sunday of Advent | December 9 and 10

Random Acts of Kindness
#Prepare #StBarbara2020

Because we are talking about changing hearts and minds, and inviting all people to a new way of living in relationship with Christ, we're looking at an evolutionary transformation. The good news is that we are simply adopting the mission entrusted to us by Jesus the Christ to his followers. This mission we seek to implement in the particular circumstances of our time and place.

  1. Contact a teacher you had in the past to thank them for all they did for you growing up.
  2. Listen to a Christian radio station this week. (KLOVE 98.3 FM/The Message Sirius XM Ch. 63) 
  3. Start a list of things you are thankful for and hang it on your bathroom mirror to remind yourself how blessed you are this season.
  4. Make straight something in your life that you've been meaning to get to and step outside the box and attend one of our Advent penance services. 
  5. Attend morning Mass one day this week to rejuvenate your soul.
  6. Say Merry Christmas to everyone you encounter from now until January 8!
  7. Give a generous tip when you eat out, or write a heartfelt thank you on the back of the check.
  8. Read Isaiah 40:1-5 and share the Scripture on your social media accounts this week.
  9. Ask a parent to share a story about Christmas when they were growing up.
  10. Put a surprise note or sketch in with your spouse's or kid's lunch.
  11. Put sticky notes of encouragement on mirrors at home, your school, place of business or anywhere really to remind people Jesus loves them.
  12. Watch A Christmas Carol or It's a Wonderful Life with your family or friends this week.

Snap a picture of your act of kindness and share it on social media using the hashtags #Prepare #StBarbara2020. Then encourage your family, friends and neighbors to join in and pay it forward with you.

 First Sunday of Advent | December 2 and 3

Random Acts of Kindness
#Watch #StBarbara2020

Ours is not a losing situation or a hopeless cause. However, situations and circumstances arise that lead us to question how we share in his triumph. We need to read the signs of the times. The happenings, i.e., lower Mass attendance, declines in parish programs and events, invites us to revisit our core mission and consider how we may better undertake the work entrusted to us by the Christ. 

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  1. Acknowledge a young family you see in church and encourage them to continue to be present even on days when it's most difficult.
  2. Make a list of needs you see around you and start praying for them daily.
  3. If you know someone you're upset with, read Isaiah 64:1-12 this week asking God to help you forgive this person.
  4. If you are a godparent or a confirmation sponsor, write a hand written letter of faithful inspiration to your godchild or confirmation candidate.
  5. Leave a note for someone whose decorations your family loves to admire during this blessed season.
  6. Watch the video of our patroness, St. Barbara, on our parish website, under the Our History section, and ask her to intercede for you this week.
  7. Invite a friend, relative or co-worker to attend Mass with you and your family next weekend.
  8. Take time to sit with a friend that you've watched struggle and offer your encouragement.
  9. Take time this week to intentionally pray for all expectant mothers in our parish community.
  10. Help your child learn the Hail Mary, or say one decade of the rosary this week keeping in mind the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
  11. If you don't have an Advent wreath consider going out and buying one for you and a friend or family member you know that is without one as well.
  12. Celebrate the Feasts of St. Barbara (December 4), and St. Nicholas (December 6), in your own special way.
Snap a picture of your act of kindness and share it on social media using the hashtags #Watch#StBarbara2020. Then encourage your family, friends and neighbors to join in and pay it forward with you.

 ​Feast of Christ the King | November 25 and 26

Random Acts of Kindness
#Mercy #StBarbara2020

St. Barbara 2020 is "very much about calling all members of our community to serve as mentors and guides for others on the way of salvation. It is about deliberately and conscientiously undertaking a way of living whose primary purpose is to Invite, to Form and to Share." 
  1. GospelVerse_Week1.jpgLeave a bottle of water or Gatorade and note of encouragement in your mailbox for your mail carrier.
  2. Leave boxes of hot chocolate and notes of thanks on your garbage can for your trash and recycling collectors.
  3. Pay for the person behind you at the drive thru.
  4. Bake a dessert and take it to your local fire,­­ EMS, or police station with a note of thanks.
  5. Slip notes of encouragement inside random lockers at your school or on random desks at your place of business.
  6. Visit a friend or family member who is sick, elderly or alone.
  7. Go through your gently used winter clothes and donate them to the Kentucky Project Dec. 13 or a local charitable organization of your choice.
  8. Bring a non-perishable food item to Mass next weekend for our local parish food bank.
  9. Prepare a Blessing Bag for the homeless and keep it in your car.
  10. Smile at a complete stranger and mean it.
  11. Take time this week to intentionally pray for the deceased members of our parish family.
  12. Make an attempt to attend a Regional Penance service during the season of Advent.

Snap a picture of your act of kindness and share it on social media using the hashtags #Mercy #StBarbara2020. Then encourage your family, friends and neighbors to join in and pay it forward with you.