A NEW MINISTRY:
This ministry is being launched in hopes of continuing our legacy of giving in just a slightly different way. Recent conversations with individuals working directly with the needy in our community have confirmed the continuing and growing need for everyday items that would significantly enhance the lives of those they serve. Based on those findings, a list of items has been compiled to serve as a suggestion donation guide. As you can see, many of them are “just the basics” – ones that we, who have been greatly blessed, often take for granted.
“GO MAKE A DIFFERENCE. WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE…”
For decades, the loving and generous hearts of the St. Clement Parish family have been “making a difference in the world”. This heritage has been nurtured by the many talented, dedicated, and ingenious parishioners who have lovingly given countless hours in service to our parish. And, yes, sometimes with frustration, sweat and tears.
HOW WILL THIS MINISTRY WORK?
❖ First of all, this ministry does not intend to replace or compete with any existing parish initiatives.
❖ At this time, no end date has been established, as Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you”. Matthew 26:11
He also taught us to “love thy neighbor” and respect the dignity of all His children. The Church has continued to guide us through the Corporal Works of Mercy. Therefore, the goal of this ministry is to establish an ongoing effort of love and compassion.
❖ Beginning next weekend, baskets will be available at all entrances to the church for your donations, which will then be sorted and distributed. Organizations we have been in contact with include the St. Clement Food Pantry, Birthright, Catholic Charities, Women’s Help Center and the Martha and Mary House.
❖ If your heart is bringing something to mind that is not on the list, GO FOR IT! We will find someone in need who will appreciate your thoughtfulness.
❖ GUIDELINES: All donations MUST be new, UNOPENED and NOT expired.
❖ SUGGESTION: Add a prayer or note from your heart for the eventual recipient.
He delights to see His children joyfully sharing what He has given.
2 Corinthians 9:6-7