CHRISTIAN FAMILIES OF BETHLEHEM will once again visit our parish with the gifts from the Holy Land and will be available for purchase the weekend of August 28th and 29th in the church vestibule before and after all masses. The Christians of the Holy Land have been suffering and continue to live in difficult economical situations. The global COVID 19 pandemic and lack of tourism have made it even more difficult on them. Olive wood carvings are part of a tradition handed down from one generation to another. Christian families have worked for close to 2000 years to protect the Holy sites in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Nazareth, and to spread the word of Jesus. For about the past 1000 years they used carvings to keep the Bible alive. By your support through the purchasing of these carvings, 200 families will be helped to remain in the Holy Land. Supporting these families is important also for the peace in the Middle East.