Give them what they want (at Christmas) – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521

Fr. Steven Voss

Every year Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor, and his sisters have a “Christmas decorations contest” to see who can find Christmas decorations in a store first. Fr. Steven always “cheats” and goes to Kohl’s because he knows he’ll find Christmas decorations in September. He snaps the photo and texts it to his sisters saying, “I win. Ha, ha, ha.” Fr. Steven concludes that retail stores put out Christmas so early because it takes a long time to convince people they need “stuff” to make them happy at Christmas.

‘No real ax to grind with Christmas presents’

“I have no real ax to grind with presents,” says Fr. Steven, who being of limited means, saves money by shopping early, “but here’s the reality: If your present is the biggest thing that someone remembers about you this Christmas … then I would say return it.” However, if that present reminds the recipient of what truly matters at Christmas, then keep it and give it away. Listen to Fr. Steven’s 3rd Sunday of Advent homily to find out what makes a Christmas present a keeper. If you cannot see the video above, click this link.

Help Fr. Steven spread the good news:


The crowds asked John the Baptist,
“What should we do?”
He said to them in reply,
“Whoever has two cloaks
should share with the person who has none.
And whoever has food should do likewise.”
Even tax collectors came to be baptized and they said to him,
“Teacher, what should we do?”
He answered them,
“Stop collecting more than what is prescribed.”
Soldiers also asked him,
“And what is it that we should do?”
He told them,
“Do not practice extortion,
do not falsely accuse anyone,
and be satisfied with your wages.”
— LK 3:10-18

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About Karin Livingston

Mrs. Livingston taught at Saint Joseph Catholic School with a State of Colorado teaching license for 15 years before moving into the parish-school technology coordinator position in 2006. Mrs. Livingston was instrumental in piloting the technology aspects of the school literacy program, including introduction of the Accelerated Reader reading practice program, and the Student Teacher Assessment of Reading (STAR) program. Mrs. Livingston has been a parishioner at Saint Joseph Catholic Church since 1993. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Science from the University of California at Davis. Mrs. Livingston blogs and is the author of the young-adult equestrian novel, Winning Bet.
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