Halloween: To Trick or Treat, or Trunk or Treat?

Pumpkins, leaves changing colors, less daylight; all of this can mean one thing – Halloween is quickly approaching! Children will be dressed as a pumpkin, their favorite superhero/character, a ghost, etc. School parades, tricky trays and the ever popular trunk or treat and trick or treats! This leaves the question of which is better: to trick or treat, or to trunk or treat?

Growing up, you’d see the PSA’s on trick or treating on the television this time of the year. We were told to always make sure you trick or treat with an adult, and to always dump your candy at home and have your parents check it prior to consumption. Needless to say, I always thought this was so my parents could take the candy they liked, and I’d be stuck with the popcorn balls and pretzels (don’t worry; they only took the Mary Jane’s!). With trunk or treat, there are not as many worries for parents.

Most trunk or treats are organized by either a school or a church. They gather in their parking lot, and have their vehicle trunks decorated. Sometimes there is a theme, other times you just decorate for Halloween or the season. Pumpkins and scarecrows are often a popular choice! Then comes the fun part! Games, prizes and candy!

It wouldn’t be Halloween without some fun and games! Those who decorate their car often make up fun games for the children who visit them. It can be as simple as a bean bag toss, or as messy as bobbing for apples! If a child wins the game, they are often given a prize or extra candy! Most probably opt for the extra candy, but it’s the decorator’s choice!

Trunk or treat also helps to bring the community and the Parish together. Connecting church and community together is a great way to bring fun and safety to those with a young family. Your children are in a safe environment, where they can go from car to car without major worries.

As you can see candy is involved in both trunk or treating and trick or treating. The trunk or treat has a controlled environment where most people know one another; there is more trust with the parents that the candy will not be tampered with, and that it is in a safe, well lit area. What kids like the best is that trunk or treats are not held on Halloween, but rather the weekend before. That means they are able to acquire extra candy!  It’s a win-win for both parent and child.

Now, don’t think that Parish Giving is not able to assist with your parish’s trunk or treat! We have our forms that make signing up convenient for everyone involved! All you need is 5 minutes out of your busy schedule to sign up, and a form of payment if needed! You’ll receive a confirmation in your email that it was a success and you’re all done. We know you have other things to do during your day, so we wanted to make signing up for events one less hassle!

Have a Happy and Safe Halloween!

Youth Ministry: How You Belong in the Church

Often times once you are confirmed in the church, you may struggle with a reason to attend Mass anymore. You feel as though you have learned enough through Religious Education, and that attending Mass will not provide any real benefit to your life. That is simply not true. As we mature, our minds widen. That is why it is important to attend Mass and allow our minds to develop with Catholic teachings. Youth Ministry (YM) allows us to do so.

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Time, Talent and Treasure

Sharing Your Abilities with the Community

We thought we’d offer a different kind of blog for you this week; something about the community. As you know Parish Giving is a part of John Patrick Publishing. Since many parishioners notice their phone number on the back of the bulletin, JPP often receives phone calls from parishioners about needing a handyman service. We politely direct them to their parish office and ask them speak to someone who takes care of the bulletin and have them put an announcement in for them. This brought up the idea of sharing your abilities with those in your community so you can help make it a better place.

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St. Andrew’s and the Community

This week we thought we’d try something a bit different. Instead of writing an article about what we do, we thought we’d showcase one of our parishes, and what they do in their community. For our first one, we thought we’d shine the light on St. Andrew Parish in Newtown and their HOPE program.

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Why use our Forms?

Church is about much more than just religion; it’s about building a community. What better way to build a community than to offer events at your parish. It brings people together that share a common bond, values and other interests. Everything from a Parish Picnic to Baseball and everything in between are great activities and fund raisers for the church. It can all be simplified with an online giving form too!

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Catholic Schools: Mind, Heart and Spirit

On the eve of Catholic School Week 2018, it is important for us to know why we have one. Each year, the last Sunday in January commences Catholic School Week. For those who received a Catholic school education know that it is about more than just uniforms and religious education classes; it’s about the Mind, Heart and Spirit.

  • Mind

As everyone knows, an education helps to form your mind. You first start to learn your ABC’s and your 123’s. From there you learn how to create words with the letters, and how to add and subtract your numbers. This can be taught in any school system. The great thing about a Catholic education is how it helps to develop your mind.

Your mind is vital. It helps you grow and helps shape who you become. Without the proper mindset, you may not be able to achieve your goals and desires. Given the right education, your mind will flourish and help define the type of person you become. With intimate classroom sizes, small student teacher ratios and plenty of one-on-one attention, a student’s mind will grow beyond your expectations.

  • Heart

What is heart? In Catholic school, heart is a feeling. It’s a feeling of belonging, and teaching others to accept one another through faith; something that many believe is not taught in other schools. Children are taught at a young age to love one another despite their differences and opinions; it is all about acceptance. This is why heart is the core of a Catholic school education and our community.

  • Spirit

Excellence is always supported and expected at a Catholic school. Students are encouraged to do their best, and to continuously challenge themselves. You are taught to always strive for more. Be the person you want to be, not the person people expect you to be.

Mind, Heart and Spirit individually make Catholic schools appealing, but putting them together creates a powerhouse education. Adolescents become more mindful young adults, in which turn into extraordinary adults.

Catholic schools provide more than just an education – they provide a way of life. Acceptance, love and tolerance are at the core of the education. This is why we celebrate Catholic School Week each year.

Customer Service

We live in a time and place where we expect an immediate response. The only issue is, is that the reply is usually an automated message from a computer. What happened to the days when you would call a business and speak to an actual human being? Well here at Parish Giving, we believe in good old fashion customer service.

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