Christmas Outreach

Advent is the liturgical season that precedes and prepares for Christmas. It is a season of hope and of longing, of joyful expectation and of peaceful preparation. 

We await your coming with joyful hearts and so we pray:
Come, Lord Jesus.
You come to bring us hope and courage:
May our hearts be open and receptive to receive the many blessings you wish to give us.
You come as a reflection of God's love:
May our actions of justice and care reflect this same love.
You come to show us ways of compassion and mercy:
May we reach out to all people in our society with that same spirit of compassion and mercy.


Christmas Outreach Campaign

Christmas is not as much about opening presents as opening our hearts. During Advent, the St. Mary community unites to help spread the joy of the season through our annual Christmas Outreach Campaign.

The Christmas Outreach Campaign supports families who are connected to St. Mary, as well as Holy Redeemer and St. Isaac Jogues parishes, and the Pickering community through school-wide fundraisers, food and gift donations. 

How you can donate

Donations are collected in homeroom classes during the Advent Season (Monday November 29th - Friday December 10th, 2021). For Christmas 2021, we will only be collecting financial donations or gift cards. Unfortunately, we cannot collect non-perishable food, hygiene or comfort items, toys or educational gifts this year due to Covid health and safety protocols.

Suggested items include:

  • Grocery, retail, gas, and restaurant gift cards (e.g., Loblaws/Metro/No Frills/Fresh Co/Independent, Pickering Town Centre, Shoppers Drug Mart, Canadian Tire/Home Depot, Walmart)
  • School Cash Online donations will be accepted from Monday November 29th to Wednesday December 8th
  • Paper/Coin cash donations can be given directly to students' period 1/2 Teacher from Monday November 29th to Friday December 10th

The money collected from our school-wide fundraisers (e.g., Bingo) is donated to the Christmas Outreach fund.  

  • Bingo: from Monday December 6 to Thursday December 9, you have the chance to win some great prizes by playing Bingo. $5 buys you 7 Bingo cards if you purchase them early through School Cash Online. You can also purchase Bingo cards for $1 each during the week of December 6 - 9 from your period 1/2 Teacher. 

Christmas Outreach flow chart

Contact Us

For more information, please contact our Chaplain: Mr. T. Valookaran (ext. 56028), or our Christmas Outreach Teacher-Coordinators: Ms. C. Minardi (ext. 56034) and follow St. Mary Domestic Outreach on Instagram @stmarydomestic 

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