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Employee Christmas Mass, Luncheon December 20

A Christmas Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. in Christ the King Chapel on Friday, December 20, followed by the employee Christmas luncheon from noon – 1:30 p.m. in the Peter Gust Economu Dining Hall. Please take this time to visit with and enjoy the company of our college community as we come together to celebrate Christmas and the blessings of our friends and co-workers.

This year, in the spirit of giving, members of the Canisius community attending the events are asked to bring a non-perishable food item(s) to benefit St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy in Buffalo. The items collected will be used for their Food Pantry. St. Luke’s serves between 400-600 people a day in their Dining Room, they own 23 homes in the area for mostly women and children, have two shelters for men, a Mission Mall and a Home School to educate the children they serve. St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy does not receive money from the government or the diocese. Trusting in God’s Divine Providence, the ministry depends on donations from individuals like you. St. Luke’s is one of the college’s community partners.

Drop off bins will be located in the dining hall during the Christmas luncheon. Please help in any way that you can.

No RSVP is necessary and all but essential employees are released to begin their holiday immediately following the luncheon. Happy Holidays!

Submitted by: Lisa Fischer, executive associate to the vice president, Academic Affairs

Serve as one of Santa’s Elves-St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy needs your help!

Help be one of Santa’s Elves for Christmas!
Serve with Campus Ministry at St Luke’s Mission on Thursday, December 19,  from 6:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. (Open to faculty/staff your families and students)

  • St. Luke’s needs thousands of wrapped toys moved from a secret location they affectionately dub their “toy box”to their Mission Mall on this time and date. We are in need of 40+ people for this project!
  • The toys will be delivered to families in need in the City of Buffalo
  • After our work Amy Betros, HON. ’09 Foundress of St. Luke’s will host the Canisius volunteers for fresh homemade pizza in their Dining Room.
  • We will have vans leaving in front of the Tower Lot at 6:30pm. You can also may choose to meet us at St. Luke’s we have people there waiting for you!

To sign-up or if you have questions contact Joe Van Volkenburg at, or 465-9327.

Submitted by: Joe Van Volkenburg, assistant to the director of Campus Ministry