The Giving Tree Advent begins this weekend and our long-standing custom of the Advent Tree also returns. Nativity of the Lord’s practice of sharing during the Christmas season has been symbolized by the Giving Tree in the front of church. The “tree” represents the Tree of Jesse or the family tree of Jesus. The “bareness” reminds us that there are many people who are trying to exist on very little resources. The ornaments on the tree provide each parishioner with the opportunity to share with those less fortunate. One side of the ornament carries a symbol from the Jesse Tree and the other side a gift suggestion. This year our gifts will benefit Project Concern, Saint Patrick Parish, The South Side Meal Site Shower Guests and the NOTL Conference of St. Vincent de Paul. Please watch the upcoming bulletins for more information on each of these recipient organizations.