Holy Rosary students help spread Christmas joy



 Father Patrick McConnell blessed the boxes before they were sent off to be delivered.

Students at Holy Rosary School in Medford in partnership with youth from four other parishes collected 260 Boxes of Joy that will be sent as Christmas gifts to children in developing countries.
On Wednesday morning, students and staff took part in a ceremony where Father Patrick McConnell blessed the boxes and shared the lesson that just as God blesses each of us, we in turn should go out and share those blessings with others. “It is because we are blessed that we are able to do this,” he said.
Cross Catholic Outreach’s Box of Joy is a Christmas ministry inviting people all over the U.S. to pack hope and happiness for thousands of children in dire poverty around the world. Parishes, schools, churches, groups and families may pack gift boxes with presents like small toys, bar soap, pencils, a toothbrush, toothpaste, hard candy, crayons, coloring books or t-shirts. Each box will include a rosary and “The Story of Jesus,” in the recipient’s native language.

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