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This will be a parish-wide effort to bring joy to small children in poverty-stricken areas. At Christmas, we experience the joy of our Lord Jesus Christ. Gift giving is a wonderful, meaningful part of that experience. Unfortunately, severe poverty deprives many children in developing countries of this joy. Their parents are unable to provide even one simple Christmas present. Through Cross Catholic Outreach’s Box of Joy program, you can ensure these children are not deprived of Christmas blessings this year. 

By packing a Christmas gift box and sponsoring the cost of its shipment, you can deliver a Box of Joy to a child overseas who would otherwise receive nothing. For more information please  contact Robert Strembicki at

Last Year we packed 350 boxes, this year our goal is 500!  We can’t do it without your help! 

How can you and your family help?

Donate gifts for the Box of Joy

Donate items for the for the Box of Joy-  Starting October 1st before all Masses.  You may place your donations in our MPB purple donation box located in the Narthex. Some ideas of the items you donate are:

• Handheld toys, legos, mini puzzels
• pencils, crayons, stickers,
• socks, underwear, shorts, hats
• tooth-brushes, comb/brush, bandages
• hairbands, ribbons, watches, sunglasses
Click the link for gift ideas/items: Box of Joy

Donate $10 for the shipping & support of missionaries 

Donate $10 to cover the shipping and financial support of the priest, nuns, and missionaries serving in the child’s community, enabling

them to have a greater impact on the lives of the poor. (If paying by check please make it out to Most Precious Blood and write Box of Joy in the Memo section) 

Day of Sharing Blessings & Joy
(Packing the Boxes of Joy)

When: Saturday, October 19th at 9 AM
Where: St. John Bosco Youth Room
Who: Great opportunity for the entire family 

What is Box of Joy?

Cross Catholic Outreach- Mission

True change comes from within.  Physical change is not complete without sharing the Gospel. In order to break the cycle of poverty, we must first start with the heart.  This refers to the active combination of word and deed; integral development.  We must share the hope and good news of the Gospel alongside our social work in order to see the Holy Spirit’s transformative power. Neither side of our ministry is complete without the other.  We must address both to see a true transformation and to end the plague of extreme poverty.

We are a Catholic ministry that serves the poorest of the poor internationally by channeling aid through dioceses, parishes, and Catholic missionaries, cost-effectively helping the poor break the cycle of poverty while advancing Catholic evangelization. You can partner with us now by donating below or you can learn more about our work by clicking here.