Photos from 2022:
Basket Item Donations Welcomed
For a generation now, the Catholic Community of Billerica has made and delivered Easter baskets to members of our Billerica Community. As we continue this tradition, we are inviting the parish to donate items to help our Faith Formation families prepare the baskets.
We are looking for empty baskets, cellophane wrap for the finished baskets, and small, useful basket items such as: cookies, small snacks (cheese & crackers, etc.), jams, toiletries (shaving cream, toothpaste, tissues, shampoo, deodorant, etc.), socks, stationary items, crosswords, and a small Easter candy or treat (not too much candy, and no real eggs!). We encourage donations of multi-pack items that could be separated and shared, to provide a variety of items in the baskets.
Items may be left outside the faith formation office in Billerica Center, in the Parish Hall behind St. Theresa Church, or brought to the Parish Office during normal business hours. Please donate items by Wednesday, April 6. For questions, please contact staff members Deb Fergus or Tony Carbrello.
Thank you for helping share our Easter Joy!
Mrs. Fergus’ delivery “bright spot” from our abbreviated Work of Mercy in 2021:
– a long chat with an elderly woman, who will turn 97 in September. Despite failing eyesight and lost loved ones, she is full of life and joy, and her infectious laugh cheers the hearts of everyone within hearing. She was truly touched by your kindness! After I read the Easter card for her, she asked me to thank the children who made the cards and shared their time with others … so, THANK YOU from one very grateful recipient!
May God shower you with graces sweeter than Easter candy, and fill your hearts with the merciful Love that flowed from the side of His Precious Son and Our Savior, Jesus.
The delivery day is Saturday, April 9, with two options of when to participate. Most people will be gathering at the Parish Hall in Billerica Center beginning at 10:00am and ending around noon. We will offer a North Billerica edition, from 2:00-3:00pm at St. Andrew Church – please sign up for this site specifically if you will participate there.
This is intended to be an outreach project in which families get involved. Please encourage your child(ren) to use their own earned money to shop for items to fill their baskets. The ritual of giving up treats for Lent should be expanded to “Almsgiving”, or giving to others. The items inside the basket should be new, small and useful items, such as: cookies, small snacks (cheese & crackers, etc.), jams, toiletries (shaving cream, toothpaste, tissues, shampoo, deodorant, etc.), socks, stationary items, crosswords, and a small Easter candy or treat (not too much candy, and no real eggs!). Students may provide their own basket (inexpensive baskets can be purchased or you may recycle a basket from home, provided it is in good condition). Please bring a decorative plastic bag to wrap, cover, and protect the basket. We encourage families to bring multi-pack items that could be separated and shared with other families, to provide a variety of items in the baskets, if you will be making them at the start of the basket-making activity.
Supervision on Delivery Day: To properly supervise and keep safe all children and teens at both locations, each participating child should be accompanied by a responsible parent/guardian (or other adult of your choosing) – NO EXCEPTIONS. We welcome families to “join forces” – providing at least one adult responsible for their collective children/teens
COVID/Pandemic: We intend to follow all COVID / pandemic safety protocols in place set forth by the Archdiocese of Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and Billerica Board of Health. We will update registered families prior to the event beginning if there are specific mandates in place.
Masks: Anyone is welcome to wear a mask at any time. All participants should be prepared to wear masks during Easter Basket delivery, to protect those receiving the baskets.
Click here to see pictures from past years, to get an idea of what the baskets look like and how much fun this work of mercy can be!
At the Parish Hall and St. Andrew Church, we will finish preparing the baskets, gather for a short prayer, and then everyone will walk and deliver their baskets. From the Parish Hall in Billerica Center, we will bring baskets to the residents of 13 River Street, 16 River Street, and Billerica Crossings (on Charnstaffe Lane) in Billerica Center. Fortunately, there are crosswalks and crossing signs to aid us. From St. Andrew Church, we will be delivering to the adjacent Talbot Ave. apartments.
For families who would like to participate but are unable to join us for the delivery on April 9, you are invited to make one or more baskets, drop them off at the Billerica Catholic Parish Office – located behind St. Theresa Church – and know that it will be delivered by someone else. The Parish Office is open Monday – Wednesday from 10:00am-1:00pm. Baskets should be at the Parish Office no later than 1:00pm on Wednesday, April 6.
Adults who wish to have an assigned role in the service project may use this sign up to claim one or more roles. All adults assisting in this capacity must have completed the Virtus Program “Protecting God’s Children,” complete an annual CORI (background check), and sign the Archdiocesan Code of Conduct forms.