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Christmas Basket Liturgy

  • Barat Academy Gymnasium 17815 Wild Horse Creek Rd Chesterfield, MO, 63005 United States (map)

Dress uniforms are required

Each year at this time agencies and organizations contact schools concerning their needs for food and supplies.  The Barat Academy community embraces the opportunity to respond to this need.

The Christmas Basket Liturgy at Barat is a tradition. Each family is asked to provide a basket of food to be given to the poor.

The practice of preparing a food basket for the needy at Christmas is an honor and a serious responsibility. 

Here are a few suggestions that may be helpful in making this wonderful tradition a family project:

  • Talk about preparing a food basket as a family, and decide how each one in the family can have a part in the project.
  • Ask each one to contribute some personal money to pay for the groceries.
  • Invite the entire family to go to the grocery store to purchase items for the basket.
  • Pray as a family for those who will receive your food basket.

The tradition of preparing a food basket can be as creative as you want. 

The custom should include a decorated basket or box.  Plastic laundry baskets make great containers for holding and transporting food items. The food basket may include staples such as rice, potatoes, noodles, canned vegetables, dessert, candy, toys etc.  A FROZEN turkey or ham is greatly appreciated.  A gift certificate for a turkey or ham can be substituted for an actual turkey or ham.  Whatever your family would like to contribute for a Christmas meal for a family of 4 to 6 people will be wonderful. Please do not include any alcohol, or perishable items that need immediate refrigeration. 

Baskets are to be delivered to Barat Academy on Thursday, December 18 between 7:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.  A group of adults and students will be waiting outside to assist.  

Thursday, December 18, Barat students will report to advisory at 8:30 a.m., wearing their dress uniform.  The Christmas Basket Liturgy will begin at 9:00 a.m. in the Barat gym. Parents/Alumni are invited to attend the liturgy.  Mass will end around 10:00 a.m. Students will help with the distribution of baskets and will then be dismissed for the Christmas Holidays. Pease make arrangements for your child to be picked up no later than11:00 a.m.

As we enter into this Advent season, let us pray for one another that the Lord might truly find a home in each of us and in our families this Christmas season. Let us also pray for the families who will receive our food baskets and for all who are in special need of God’s love at this time.

If you are interested in assisting with the delivery of the baskets please call me at 636-300-5565


Earlier Event: December 17
Final Exams
Later Event: December 18
Varsity Boys Basketball Tournament