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Twelve Days of Christmas Charity Campaign

by Ian on December 25, 2010

Each year for the past... okay, I don't remember how many years, we have had special one-day sales for each day of the Twelve Days of Christmas. Yes, all of the "Twelve Days of Christmas" sales leading up to Christmas are nothing but marketing. They have nothing to do with the REAL Twelve Days.

This year we decided to do something different. All of our IN STOCK Advent and Christmas products will be on sale for 45% off from December 26th through Epiphany but we aren't going to have specials each day.

Instead, we are going to give a portion of all sales made each day to a charity that in some way corresponds with the  memorial celebrated that day. Since today is Christmas Day, we will be starting tomorrow with the Feast of St. Stephen.


We are going to be donating 10% of all of our sales tomorrow to the Serra Club. The Serra Club, unlike the Sierra Club, is a Catholic organization dedicated to promoting and supporting vocations.

There are still ten more days of Christmas remaining. We have already chosen some organizations to donate to but would love to get your advice on the rest. Please leave responses on our Facebook page or on our blog. We'll make our choices from your recommendations and give gift certificates to those who suggest the ones we choose!

  • Dec 26: St. Stephen - our local Serra Club (Catholic vocation club)
  • Dec 27: St. John the Evangelist - ???
  • Dec 28: Holy Innocents - our local crisis pregnancy center
  • Dec 29: Thomas Becket - ???
  • Dec 30: Holy Family - C-FAM
  • Dec 31: St. Sylvester - ???
  • Jan 1: Solemnity of Mary
  • Jan 2: St. Basil - Aid to the Church in Need
  • Jan 3: Holy Name of Jesus - ???
  • Jan 4: St. Elizabeth Anne Seton - ???
  • Jan 5: St. John Neumann - ???
You can leave suggestions on Facebook or on our blog.

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rposch December 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Ian,

I’d do a day for Bishop Sheridan.As LI refugees we appreciate how solid the I-25 corridor bishops are.A key factor in coming here was Bishop Sheridan.Once a year we attend a support the priests PM.I know he has a fund dedicated to vocations-again when you come from LI you see he has more vocations than nYS.

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Kim Sisson December 25, 2010 at 9:24 pm

Stand Up for Kids in Tucson is a 100% volunteer street outreach program. We walk the streets and meet kids who are homeless and/or living on the street providing food, hygiene, socks and contact information to services that they may need. The feast of St. John the Evangelist seems an appropriate day to support our efforts in seeking and reaching these kids.

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annon December 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm
Claudia McAdam December 26, 2010 at 12:00 am

Suggestion for contributions for the feast day of St. John Neumann: The Augustine Insititue, a dynamic Denver area Catholic graduate school for the New Evangelization. Most appropriate considering all St. John Neumann did for Catholic education. Their website is http://www.augustineinstitute.org

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Terri Nichols December 26, 2010 at 12:27 am

I would suggest for St. Elizabeth Anne Seton that you donate to HSLDA – given Seton’s connection with educating Catholic youth and the desire of many parents to do so leading them to homeschool (many possible using Seton Curriculum-I’m not affiliated, BTW), perhaps supporting an organization that supports parents who home educate would be a fit.

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Joanna December 26, 2010 at 8:15 am

For St. John the Evangelist might I suggest donating to your local seminary to support thsoe who will be preaching the Gospel and teaching about St. John.

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Dom Ciingoranelli December 26, 2010 at 8:24 am

Universal Chastity Education is a ministry started by two Southern CO physicians to help fight HIV/AIDS in Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania. It has the official support of the Catholic church, as well as the Anglican church in those countries, and has been endorsed by Bishop Isern as well. Using a scripture-based approach, UCE promotes abstinence, chastity and faithful marriages. In Uganda, the AIDS incidence was once over 20%. Using this approach it has dropped to about 5%. Check out our site, uceglobal.org for more info, or please contact me. Thanks for allowing me to post this!

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Maria December 26, 2010 at 12:04 pm

Please seriously consider donating to the formation of Dominican priests. Here is the link to the Western Dominica Province: http://www.opwest.org/development/index.html
Thank you and God bless you!

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April Fortune December 26, 2010 at 2:50 pm

I suggest for St. John the Evangelist or St. Thomas Becket, donating to the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, in Nebraska, which is training up young men to the priesthood who can pray the traditional mass per the request of our Holy Father.

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Jolene December 27, 2010 at 8:16 am

I would suggest EWTN TV or radio. Relevant radio too. Catholic Answers program.

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Woody December 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm

How about the Mercy Center.

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kristin December 28, 2010 at 1:08 am

Given St. John Neumann’s dedication to Catholic education, how about the Cardinal Newman Society?

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Maria December 28, 2010 at 7:59 am

I agree with Kristin’s suggestion of the Cardinal Newman Society. Another possibility for St. John Neumann would be the Knights of Columbus. Given the difficulties he had being ordained a priest, and his subsequent ordination and assignment to mission territory in the US, a donation to the Knights’ fund for seminarians, especially those abroad, would be appropriate.
In the case of St. Sylvester, I would suggest a donation to Aid to the Church in Need. The Church was undergoing persecution in Sylvester’s youth, and this would be a way to remind everyone that it still suffers great persecution today.

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Jen Shoreham December 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm

How about the Archdiocese for the Military Services (AMS) as a recipient of financial support?

Their mission: “to provide for the pastoral care of the 1.5 million Catholics serving in the armed forces, their family members, students at the Military Academies, patients in VA medical centers and US governmental personnel serving abroad.” Archbp Timothy Broglio and his 3 auxiliary bishops spend 65% of their time on pastoral visits throughout the world and at VA Med Centers.

Their priests: In 2001 there were over 400 active duty Catholic chaplains. Today there are only 272. (The first Serra Club for Military Services was just established at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, in June 2010. Pray for vocations!)

Their financial support: The AMS is a “home” mission diocese, depending almost entirely on financial support from individual donors, gifts from dioceses, charitable bequests and grants. It is not a part of the Armed Forces and is not funded by the federal goverment. (Although the chaplains are members of the Armed Forces and are paid by the govt).

We have learned a lot about the AMS since we have a son at a Military Academy. Please pray for our Catholic chaplains and offer financial support. http://www.milarch.org

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Edna Nicholson December 29, 2010 at 2:24 am

I suggest for St. John the Evangelist or St. Thomas Becket, donating to the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, in Nebraska, which is training up young men to the priesthood who can pray the traditional mass per the request of our Holy Father.

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Andrew December 29, 2010 at 10:12 am

You got to check out the National Evangelization Teams (NET for short). It started in the early 1980s as a way to answer the pope’s call to the new evangelization. Young adults between the ages of 18-30 volunteer a year of their lives to travel in a 15-passenger van going from diocese to diocese leading retreats and rallies for junior high and high school aged students. They also do familiy retreats, weekend retreats, youth minister training sessions. They have 10 teams in the USA, 9 teams in Australia, 7 teams in Canada, and 3 teams in Ireland. Get a glimpse of what day to day life is like for the volunteers by watching our video! http://www.netusa.org/aboutnet/?c=11
Whether or not NET is chosen as one of the organizations to receive your help, please spread this organization’s good works and encourage young adults to apply to this wonderful Catholic ministry. I know for a fact it is because I am an alumni of NET USA and NET Canada. Thank you and God Bless!

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