Parishioners are invited to bring non-perishable food items and paper products to Mass on the weekend. The items are collected and counted and taken to the Open Door Outreach Center in Union Lake. The Open Door is the local agency for food and clothing distribution. Other food collections happen once a month at a school mass, Thanksgiving eve, and Thanksgiving Day, and on the feast day of St. Vincent de Paul. We also participate in Operation Rice Bowl during the season of Lent. This almsgiving program helps support the work of Catholic Relief Services.
This occurs at Christmas, Easter and the beginning of school in August. Tags are hung and parishioners are invited to take a tag, purchase the requested item, and return it by the distribution date. Gifts and gift certificates are sorted and delivered to local agencies, who then make them available to their clients. Other recipients of the Sharing Program include homebound parishioners and the residents of local nursing care facilities and adult care homes.
Coffee and donuts are served almost every Sunday morning in the parish social hall following the 8 am. and 10 am. Masses. Families, groups and individuals help set up, serve and clean up. This gathering provides fellowship for parishioners as well as money for the 6 missions we support.