Outreach Annual Events

Each spring we offer a 8-10 course called Divorce and Beyond. This is intended for those who are newly separated or divorced. The program is designed to help people gain a perspective on their divorce, cope with the stresses and strains associated with divorce, understand some of their emotional responses, and find ways of coping that will lead to growth and the eventual restructuring of their lives. Call 778-3122.

Each year in November we have a special dinner for the widow/widowers of the parish. Father offers the 5 PM Mass remembering all the deceased spouses in a special way. Following mass a social hour and dinner follow in the parish hall. Entertainment is provided and it’s a wonderful evening for everyone. Over Thanksgiving weekend each year our annual giving tree is placed in the church vestibule. 600 tags are placed on the tree naming items needed by less fortunate people. The response is overwhelming. This year we teamed up with Martin de Porres Shelters, the Interfaith Community Council and Catholic Community Services.

In December we have our Christmas Flower Project. In early December over 100 poinsettias are delivered personally to those who are homebound, in the nursing homes, chronically ill or have lost a spouse in the past year. This remembrance from the parish brings much joy to those who receive them.

Also in December, the Giving Tree goes up in the Church narthex. Take a paper ornament from the tree, purchase a gift for that person and return it to the tree, and an ornament from home when you bring back the gift – to replace the paper tag you took off the tree. These ornaments are given to the shelters each year.

Each year during Lent the parish does a Novena of the Sick. A mailing is sent with prayers for the novena and a prayer intention card is included. The card can be returned with the names of sick loved ones. The names are compiled in a book which is placed on the altar during the novena masses. The yearly anointing of the sick at mass takes place on the last day of the novena.

Each year during Lent we have an Easter Basket Project. Candy, toys, baskets, Easter grass and small stuffed animals are collected. Two or three work parties are held and approx. 800 Easter Baskets are made to be given to those children who wouldn’t otherwise get one. Call the office during Lent for more details.

If you have any questions or are interested in any of these events please call Eileen Niven at 778-3122, ext 223.