Parish Outreach

“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine,
you did for me.” Matthew 25:40

“Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones,
you did not do for me.” Matthew 25:45

Missions: Our parish offers several opportunities to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Once or twice a year we have a Missionary speak at the weekend Masses about the needs of the Mission churches of Africa/India/South America/Asia. Many parishioners are faithful in financially supporting the Propagation of the Faith Society which funds mission churches in remote parts of the world. Our young Catholics are very generous to Missionary Childhood Association and have opportunities to contribute from their ‘wealth’ during Advent, Lent.

349px-Meister_des_Hausbuches_003[1]  Food Pantry
Our Food Pantry is in need of non-perishable groceries to stock our shelves. Donations are accepted every day; please place your items in the baskets at
the back of church, or bring them to the rectory. Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted-mark your envelope “Food Pantry” and place in the collection basket,
or bring it by the office. Joan Davidson and Pam Irvine sort and bag the groceries and have a supply ready for people/families who call to the Rectory in need of food.

We have “day old” bread and other baked items available in the Parish Center thanks to Sylvia Dauphin who picks up from various locations on   Mondays,  Thursdays, and sometime Sundays. It is available on a first-come, help yourself basis.

   Welfare Fund
We have a group of dedicated parishioners who assist those in need at the holidays. They  organize a Food Drive for Thanksgiving and Toy Drive/Food Drive
in December.

   Rosarito, Mexico Project: Love, Hope, Trust
…has been supported by our parish for over twenty years. It was hosted by the Sisters of Mercy, Omaha Province for almost 30 years. Our outreach caters to families who live on the hillsides of Rosarito, Baja California. When we first met the families, many of them lived in shacks. The Sisters of Mercy, through the generous donations of many very generous people, have been able to build homes for over 50 families. A number of our parishioners have helped finance homes for families in need of a stable place to live. Numerous parishioners have donated beds, bedding, furniture, clothing, bicycles, craft materials for craft classes, sewing machines/reams of material for sewing classes, computers for computer classes/school supplies and yarn for knitting/crochet classes.

Since September 2014 we have been delivering the donated items for school and the Women’s Knitting/Sewing groups to the local parish.  The priests of the parish live at the convent since Sister Clare retired.  Parroqui de Santo Nino de Atocha, Mazatlan, Playa de Rosarito is delighted with any assistance we can afford them and serve many families in need, Lidia, parish secretary, will open the big gates so that you can drive in. Since August 2016 we have been supporting the women’s sewing/knitting groups who meet at the community center in Colonia Morelos. Through the generosity of our parishioners we have delivered 7 sewing machines and several loads of fabric and yarn. Both communities have very poor families who are always in need of shoes, socks and warm jackets/blankets.

 

Our requested donations for the year are:
August:   School supplies
Advent:   Sock/candy drive, blankets/warm jackets, gloves/caps, shoes (no flip flops or high heels please)
Lent:        Toiletries and towels
Ongoing: Soccer/baseball equipment, yarn for knitting/crochet, fabric for sewing classes

Delivery Trips are about every sixth Thursday or Saturday. We gather at Guardian Angels at 9 a.m. to load and are ready to leave by 9:30 a.m. We are always in need of drivers/vehicles to help on delivery day. We stop for Mexican Auto Insurance en route at 805/San Ysidro Blvd. Many drivers prefer to get insurance from the Automobile Club of Southern California.  Passports are required for re-entry to USA.  If you plan to join us, please have your passports and relevant papers with you for re-entry to USA.  Check back for updates, or contact Sr Mary if you can make a trip!  We have lots of items that should be on the other side of the border so we need help.  Please help us to deliver … we don’t mind what day/date you deliver …   FYI we haven’t been successful with pick-up trucks as often they seem to get refused entry.  Cars … loaded … seem to be the better way for cross border delivery.

For more information: Please check the parish website/bulletin/calendar on a regular basis or call  596-3282/email mcprsm@earthlink.net

Rachel’s House
a branch of Catholic Charities, supports women in need because of domestic violence or other family issues.

Guardian Angels Women’s Guild collect personal hygiene items and gently used career clothing for women at Rachel’s House. A group of women from our parish usually make a delivery trip about every other month. Next delivery is Tuesday, June 13, 2017 loading and leaving directly after the 8 a.m. Mass.

To drive/ donate/help please call Ann Folstad 619-562-2184

The Hunger Site
Every 3.6 seconds, someone dies of hunger. 75% are children. You can make a difference.  Visit The Hunger Site (http://www.thehungersite.com/home) every day and donate cups of food for the world’s hungry — at no cost to you.

When you click on the “Give Free Food” button on the home page of The Hunger Site, funding is generated for the purchase and distribution of staple food to those in need. Funds are paid by site sponsors. In 2000, daily clicks yielded over $3.4 million for the frontline hunger relief organizations working to provide food and hope to the hungry around the world. That’s over 20 million pounds of food made possible by people like you, who simply took a moment to click a button each day.

The Hunger Site helps people in most desperate need; earthquake victims in El Salvador, those left adrift in war-torn Eritrea, families on the brink of starvation in drought-stricken North Korea, and many more. Our partners Mercy Corps and America’s Second Harvest are using funding from the Hunger site to provide food, water and health services to refugees and support to those unemployed and needy.

Please make visiting The Hunger Site part of your daily routine. The number of people clicking on the “Give Free Food” button directly ties to the amount of food that goes to the hungry. Thanks for your help!  http://www.thehungersite.com/home

Alcoholics Anonymous
meet in the Social Hall on Mondays and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.  Al Anon meets at 11am on Wednesdays and  at 7 p.m. on Thursdays.

St. Vincent de Paul/ Father Joe’s Village…did you know that every week St. Vincent de Paul Village is in your parish area to pick up usable discards from your neighbors? These items are needed to help over 3400 neighbors in need each day. Call 1-888-Father Joe (1-888-328-4375) to arrange for a free pickup and receive a tax deductible receipt.  You can also donate on-line at http://www.neighbor.org

A number of our parishioners help prepare/serve lunch/dinner at St. Vincent de Paul Joan Kroc Center. If you are interested in helping in groups of 2 or 3 , please call 619-687-1066 for a suitable date/time.

Needs
As needs arise locally or globally, there are always parishioners willing to help in whatever capacity is feasible for them at the time. Our local Knights of Columbus branch usually help with yard work or basic home repairs for the elderly/shut-ins of our neighborhood.