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Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection: Centre Hours … ALSO Volunteers Needed!

Hours for OCC Collection Centre:

November 14 — 4 pm to 8 pm
November 15 — 10 am to 4 pm
November 16 — 10 am to 8 pm
November 17 — 10 am to 4 pm
November 18 — 10 am to 4 pm

Many of you have been packing and collecting shoeboxes for years! Would you like to take that one step further and volunteer a couple hours at the collection centre? You can sign up for a two-hour shift at a time that’s convenient for you! A Connect team member will be there for each shift to give you directions.

Visit to sign up.

As well, we will pack up the trailer on Wednesday, November 21 at 8:00 AM. We’ll need lots of hands (and strong arms and shoulders) that morning! If you are available to help with that, or know of someone else who can help, please let us know.

Volunteers Needed (SPAN)

The Single Parent Association of Newfoundland (SPAN) is in urgent need of volunteers to work in our Outlet on Wednesdays and Fridays. People may volunteer for the entire day or for half a day. Please call 738-3401 or email

SPAN – Christmas Program

The Single Parent Association of NL is seeking assistance for over 300 families who need Christmas support. For information on how you can help, call 738-3405 or email

Ten Thousand Villages Sale

Come purchase your Christmas Gifts, and at the same time help poor people in the developing world, and our poor Earth!

A Ten Thousand Villages Sale, sponsored by the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice and Development and Peace, will be held at The Lantern, 35 Barnes Road on the following dates:

November 15 from 12:30 PM to 8:30 PM

November 16 from 10:00 AM to 8:30 PM

November 17 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Admission is free.

Ten Thousand Villages is a non-profit organization and the oldest and largest fair trade (as opposed to free trade) dealer in North America. This Sale features beautifully hand-crafted home décor and thousands of gift items, produced mostly from recycled materials. The Sale offers skilled artisans in more than 30 developing countries in Africa, Asia and South America opportunity to earn a just wage and thus supply the basic necessities of food, clothing, shelter and education for their families. Gifts with a story!

Jiggs Dinner

Wesley United Church will be holding a Jiggs Dinner on Thursday, November 15th at 6:00 PM. Salt beef, vegetables and pease pudding will be served along with dessert and tea or coffee. Tickets can be purchased by calling Marvin at 579-7900, Pheobe at 726-1689 or the church office at 579-3682.

St. Theresa’s Prayer Group

Meets every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at St. Theresa’s Parish Office upstairs in the St. Clement’s room. Contact Sheila at 745-9297.

NL Literary Tour

The finale for the 2018 Literary Tour NL is at AC Hunter Library on November 17. In the morning from 10:30-12 there will be readings and author signings for children’s books. In the afternoon there will be three panel sessions on different aspects of writing and publishing. The evening session will feature a keynote speaker and author signings. Check out their Facebook page – Literary Events NL.

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes – DEADLINE: November 18

The deadline for Canadians to pack and drop off gift-filled Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes at shoebox Collection Centres throughout the country is Sunday, November 18.

Begin by visiting to learn what you can put in a box, then go shopping and packing! After that, click on the Collection Centre locator map, and enter a postal code to find your nearest drop-off point. You can also call 1-800-303-1269 for similar information.

After that, Canadians can still conveniently pack boxes online at

YWCA Women of Distinction Awards 2019 – Nominations Now Open

YWCA St. John’s proudly announces that nominations are now open for the 2019 Women of Distinction Awards. Held locally all across Canada, these awards are regarded among the most prestigious awards for women nation-wide.

This year, YWCA is excited to be introducing a new category, Science and Technology, rounding out the number of awards to a total of nine. The award categories for 2019 represent the accomplishments of women in diverse fields: Young Women of Distinction, Mentorship and Education, Arts and Culture, Wellness and Active Living, Community and Social Development, Public Affairs, Business, and Lifetime Achievement.

YWCA St. John’s embraces diversity as a core value. Through this nomination process (and in all of our programs) we seek to embrace the rich diversity that makes up the fabric of our community; nominations are encouraged to reflect this. We all know women whose achievements and stories can empower, inspire and motivate others. Some of these exceptional women are your friends, neighbours, colleagues and family members. Think about nominating someone you know for the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards. Nominations are due on November 18.

YWCA is pleased to announce that Jodi Cooke, from NTV News, will be the emcee of the 2019 Awards Ceremony which will be held on March 8 at the Clovelly Golf Course. The ever-popular Nominees’ Reception will take place on February 8 at St. John’s City Hall.

The Extraordinary Form of the Mass

Come experience the ever ancient and ever new. Come experience the Mass of the ages. The Extraordinary Form of the Mass (Traditional Latin Mass) is celebrated every Sunday at 5:15 PM at St. Pius X Parish, Smithville Crescent. Sponsored by Una Voce, St. John’s Chapter. Comprehensive Latin-English translation guides available. For more information, visit or e-mail

Annual Food Drive

From November 19 to November 23, the City is holding the fifth annual food drive to collect non-perishable food items in support of the Community Food Sharing Association.

To participate, residents are asked to package non-perishable food items and place it outside the home, in a visible location near the road, by 8 AM on their garbage day. City staff will collect the donations beginning at 8 AM.

Residents in apartment buildings should ask their building manager to organize a collection area and to contact 311 (754-CITY) to arrange a pickup.

Food items can also be dropped off at City Hall, the H.G.R. Mews Centre, Paul Reynolds Community Centre, or Southlands, Kilbride Lions and Shea Heights Community Centres.

The daily tallies of food collected will be posted on social media using #nlfooddrive.

The Community Food Sharing Association stocks food banks throughout the province; commonly needed items include:

Peanut butter
Cheese spread
Macaroni and cheese
Canned beans
Canned soup and stew
Dried pasta, noodles and rice
Pasta sauce

Canned meat and fish
Beans and legumes
Canned vegetables and fruit
Canned/powdered milk
Breakfast cereal
Baking supplies

Since the City of St. John’s first food drive in 2014, residents have donated more than 450,000 pounds of non-perishable food to the Community Food Sharing Association.

Living Well With Advanced Cancer

This is an 8-week interactive support group designed to help those living with advanced cancer to reconnect with and sustain meaning in their lives.

Start Date: October 3 (every Wednesday for 8 consecutive weeks…October 3 – November 21)

Time: 2–4 PM

Location: Botanical Garden Field Centre, 306 Mount Scio Road

To inquire or register, please contact Pastoral Care Department of Eastern Health at 752-8798.

Lady Cove Presents Flurries of White

Flurries of White will take place on November 23 at 8:00 PM at Cochrane Street United Church.

Featuring: Lori Gemmel, harp, and Nathan Cook, cello

Tickets available at the Holy Heart Theatre Box Office, 55 Bonaventure Avenue
Online | Email | Phone: 579-4424
Box Office Hours: Tuesday-Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Afternoon Tea and Sale – Gower Street United Church Women

On November 24 from 2:00-3:30 PM at Gower Street United Church, there will a sale of baked goods, crafts, floral arrangements, and a New-to-You table.

Tickets will be available at the door.

Gospel Concert Fundraiser

Come and join us for a night of gospel music at The St. John’s Salvation Army Citadel on Adams Avenue on November 24th. Concert will start at 7 PM. This is a non-ticketed event open to the general public, and there will be a free will offering taken. The funds raised will go towards The Arms of Jesus Mission Team. Hope to see you there. Thank you and God bless!

Wesley United Church Male Choir

The Wesley Male Choir and Rev. Bill Mercer will be holding a service at Wesley on November 25th. The service will start with a sing-along at 6:50 PM and will feature some familiar hymns of the church. All are welcome.

All Saints Parish (Foxtrap)

All Saints Parish in Foxtrap will have a Gospel Hymn Sing on November 25th starting at 7 PM, downstairs in the Parish Hall. Our invited musician will be Faye Wheaton and our house band, Saints Alive. Come along and bring a friend for an evening of fellowship and song. A freewill offering will be accepted at the door. For more information, call Sandra at 240-2114.

Ennis Sisters Christmas Concert (Gander)

“A Christmas Time with the Ennis Sisters” will take place on November 26 at St. Joseph’s Parish in Gander, starting at 7:30 PM.

Tickets may be purchased at St. Joseph’s McCarthy Centre, 10 Bishop Street, or online at with an e-transfer of funds.

Family History Society Lecture

The next Family History Society lecture will feature Bert Riggs who will present “The Founding and Founders of the Great War Veterans Association of Newfoundland.” It will take place at 7:30 PM on Tuesday, November 27th in Hampton Hall at the Marine Institute on Ridge Road. There will be no charge for admission, and free parking will be available. The general public is welcome!

All Saints Parish – Luncheon (Foxtrap)

All Saints Parish in Foxtrap are having a Luncheon on November 29th starting at 12:30 PM, downstairs in the Parish Hall. A cold plate will be served, along with dessert, tea and coffee. Tickets can be obtained at the door. For more information, call Sandra at 240-2114.

Topsail United Church Breakfast for Kids

Topsail United Church Men’s Club annual breakfast for kids will be held on December 8 from 8 until 11 AM. Usual great menu. Face painting, colouring, and photos taken. All are welcome.

A Baccalieu Christmas Concert

The Music Box Presents “A Baccalieu Christmas” concert, with special guests on December 8th at 7:00 PM at Topsail United Church. Tickets are available by calling the church office at 834-4567 or at the door. Food donations are greatly appreciated for the CBS/Paradise Food Bank.

Three upcoming Craft Fairs in support of Unity in the Community

Come On We Goes Story Series is sponsoring a holiday project called Unity in the Community: Thinking Inside the Box. We are collecting donations to fill boxes for community members living in shelters and similar situations, to be distributed throughout the holiday season.

We are hosting the last of three craft fairs and donation drives at The Fairfield Inn on Kenmount Road on December 9. The event will be from 10-3 and admission is by donation. 100% of money collected at the door, and all donated items will be used for Unity in the Community.

There will be free face painting, and children’s entertainment provided by Justin Foley Entertainment.

For more information on these and other events, and to learn more about Unity in the Community and how you can help, visit

Coastal Sounds Community Choir Holiday Concert

Coastal Sounds Choir Association (CSCA) presents its 11th Annual Holiday Concert, featuring performances by Aurora Women’s Choir, Coastal Sounds Community Choir and a presentation of the 6th Annual Christmas Cantata Project with massed choir and orchestra. With special guests from the Association for New Canadians. December 15, 7 PM at St. James United Church. Get your tickets from a choir member, online at, visit us on Facebook or leave a message at 770-6927. Donations for Bridges to Hope Food Aid Centre appreciated. Please note all CSCA events are scent-free environments.