Fasting should always be accompanied by prayer and almsgiving.

By following in the example set by our Patron Saint, we encourage the Faithful to participate

in the following almsgiving opportunities:



Do that which is good, and no evil shall touch you. Prayer is good with fasting and alms and righteousness. A little with righteousness is better than much with unrighteousness. It is better to give alms than to lay up gold: For alms doth deliver from death, and shall purge away all sin. Those that exercise alms and righteousness shall be filled with life: But they that sin are enemies to their own life.”      + St. Raphael the Archangel, Tobit 12:7-10.




CAMELOT COMMUNITY: This Advent season we will again be conducting a winter clothing drive for the residents of the Camelot Community. On your next shopping trip, please consider purchasing NEW hats, mittens, scarves and socks for children, teens and adults. Many of our Camelot neighbors are from warmer parts of the world, and winters are difficult for them.

Collection boxes are available in the Narthex and the west entrance across from the Cultural Center from November 14-28. Please be generous in your support of our neighbors and friends in need.

SANTA’S HELPERS: Our Fellowship Groups are teaming-up this Christmas to bring the love of Christ to the boys at Project Mexico by giving each one a new pair of soccer shoes! Contact your Fellowship Group leaders to give to this special cause: Forerunners (Eileen Adolphson or Barbara Thomas), Men of St. Nicholas (Sam Bander or Greg Lambert),  Women of St. Nicholas (Janet Ansara or Debra Taylor-Weiss), Young Adults (Ben Bauman or Cece Olson), SOYO (Mykel Giannakakos), JOY (Ben or Meredith Solak). You can also give your donation by visiting: [CHRISTMAS SHOES].

SHEPHERDS of INDEPENDENCE: We are bringing some Christmas joy to the 25 residents of Shepherds of Independence by giving each one a present to open on Christmas morning! Your $25 donation will provide a present for one of these special people. Our JOY and SOYO kids will distribute the gift when they visit later this month. Please visit [GIVE] to make your donation.


Meijer has again selected our neighborhood’s food pantry run by Church of Servant as a recipient of the “Simply Give” double match this holiday season. That means $10 donated to “Simply Give” will result in a $30 food donation. Our parish often refers those in need to our neighborhood food pantry serving one hundred families each month. Contributing to St. Nicholas for the “Simply Give” program feeds the hungry right here in our neighborhood. Please donate electronically through the parish donation page, Venmo or by check with “Simply Give” included on the memo line or stop by the Works of Mercy table during Coffee Hour to donate via cash, check, or credit card.  The final day to give is Sunday, December 5.


Our Parish, in partnership with Catholic Charities, (360 Division Avenue SE Suite 3A), will again set up and stock this year’s Grand Rapids Foster Care Christmas Store. It is a full night of work and fellowship with dinner provided. Over 1,200 children will receive Christmas gifts and winter clothing as a result of this effort.