December 3, 2016 - December 4, 2016
Work of Human Hands Fair in SJE School gym after all Masses.
“Every economic…action must set about providing each inhabitant of the planet with the minimum wherewithal to live in dignity and freedom, with the possibility of supporting a family,
educating children, praising God and developing one’s own human potential.” Pope Francis
Fair Trade, community support, and relationships are the foundation for our Work of Human Hands Fair, December 3 & 4th. Work of Human Hands Fair is a partnership with fair-trade artisans, local craftspeople, and local service groups
to provide a venue for the purchase of items with consumer integrity. We strive for local and global producers, fair-trade prices, and proceeds that benefit the artisans or a designated non-profit.
Participation in Work of Human Hands is a partnership with Catholic Relief Services/SERRV International, Equal Exchange and others. It is about marketing that works for people and families living on the margins of economic well-being.
With fair-trade an artisan worker receives a fair wage for the work involved in the object or product created, without the prohibitive costs of competing in the global, commercial, free-market economy.
It is also about our response as consumers to help build a global economy that works for everyone!
We are called to relationships in the spirit of our loving God to whom we all belong. Pope Francis calls this fraternity, it has other names as well…friendship, solidarity, support, caring, sacrifice. All these qualities are present when we
make choices about our lifestyle that reflect our respect and support for our neighbors and care for our “common home”, creation.
This year we will have Noonday Jewelry, Sr. Bernadine’s creations, Amish goods, Joan of Art pottery, Annunciation Hermitage items, Knights of Columbus Keeping Christmas items, Fair Trade coffee/chocolate, food, and crafts.
We come together as a community of believers in God’s care for ever human person and all creation. We offer ways to be in solidarity with our neighbors around the world by purchasing Fair Trade items for ourselves or as “gifts” for Christmas.
We also offer unique items from groups that are serving others across the world.
Our Work of Human Hands Fair will be held the weekend of December 3 & 4 in the St. John School Gym. Many Fair Trade items will be available for your gift giving and everyday use. Fair trade works for people who work! Simply
replacing a cup of coffee with a Fair Trade cup of coffee goes a long way.