Find the Perfect Gift this Christmas

December 17, 2010

Has the snow prevented you from getting to the mall for those last minute gifts? Not sure what to buy? Instead of a meaningless purchase this year, why not instead give the perfect gift: the gift of Christ’s love?

Eleven thousand yard signs have popped up across the DC metropolitan area, encouraging people to “Find the Perfect Gift.” Parishioners at 140 Catholic churches across the Archdiocese of Washington have received the yard signs. The signs depict the Christmas star leading the wise men on their journey to the infant Jesus and give parishioners an easy way to remind people of the true meaning of Christmas. The “Find the Perfect Gift” (and “Regalo Perfecto”) campaign is a new way to remind people of the true meaning of Christmas and to invite them to get to know Christ better. The signs direct people to websites in English and Spanish.

“Christmas, or ‘Christ’s Mass,’ is the time in which the Christian community shares the greatest love story in the world; God and His love for His people,” says Susan Timoney, executive director for the Department for Evangelization and Family Life and coordinator of the yard sign initiative. “God desires our love so much that he chose to become one of us, to be human in the form of a vulnerable, dependent infant named Jesus.”

Timoney explains Christmas is an invitation to a relationship with Jesus and to joining a community that comes together to pray, learn, celebrate and serve. Links to Catholic parishes are included on the websites.

In a recent letter to parishioners, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, wrote, “The deepest expression of giving is sharing God’s love with others. The most powerful gifts we can give are not material things, but this love, the love of Jesus Christ.”

More information about the “Find the Perfect Gift” campaign is available at www.adw.org, www.findtheperfectgift.org or www.regaloperfecto.org.

The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 590,000 Catholics, 140 parishes and 98 Catholic schools, located in Washington, DC and five Maryland counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s.

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