LIVE A LIFE OF GENEROSITY
In the book of Matthew Jesus says to the people “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” In other words, if you are feeding or clothing the poor, you are doing the same for Jesus.
Give of your time and talents (we all have many hidden talents we aren’t even aware of until we are asked to help). Give of yourself with a happy and loving heart! It is when we do this that we realize that our actions in the name of service truly imitate Christ! God will bless you with a rewarding sense of fulfillment that comes from serving Him through serving others.
Our ongoing community outreach ministries are listed below. There are also many other outreach events to get involved in throughout the year.
Attend Mass weekly to keep in touch with upcoming events and check our Events calendar here.
As a community we value and encourage everyone to discover the joy and the reward of helping others through service. We’d love to invite you to join us as we seek to extend a loving hand to everyone in and around our neighborhood. If you'd like to get involved in any of these outreach opportunities, please contact us today.
Here are some ways to serve locally:
St Vincent de Paul A wonderful group of people that serve our needy brothers and sisters in the name of the Lord. In addition to our many volunteers, we have four (4) dedicated Vincentians that share their time to keep our pantry stocked. We receive items from the Northwestern Ohio Food Bank for free or at greatly reduced prices, and Seagate Food Bank for.
The St. Patrick Food Pantry serves over 100 clients per month. With your help we have been able to continue to provide essential food, refrigerated items and personal hygiene products to our “neighbors” in need. These donations are a welcomed necessity and are always received with a grateful smile.
The SVdP Thrift Store is close to happening with the possible signing of a lease for a building located in West Toledo.
Claver House Casseroles The Claver House endeavors to feed the hungry with love and respect in a Christian atmosphere that reflects Christ’s message, “That whatever you do for the east of my people, you do for Me (Mt. 25:40).” We distributed casserole pans (70) after Mass and the parishioners returned their creations to the Holy Family Center kitchen and placed it in the freezer. We have parishioners that volunteer there every day except Fridays at Claver - which opens at 6:30 AM. The neighbors can get some breakfast and lunch 5 days a week. We allow the neighbors to take food to go for lunch. We serve 50 -75 people a day (mostly men).
Nursing Home/Home Bound This ministry serves 120 parishioners who reside in nursing homes, memory centers and assisted living facilities. In addition, the parish priests offer three (3) Masses per month. Parish volunteers also visit parishioners who are in nursing home or assisted living facilities outside our parish boundaries
Thanksgiving Baskets This past year fifty (50) adults and sixty-five (65) children were served with the Thanksgiving Baskets.
Christmas Outreach The Outreach Ministry served 8 school families, 4 parish families and 20 St. Vincent de Paul clients. We were able to give over 242 children gifts. Hundreds of donations were also received for our January Coat Drive.
Champions in Action A service program for the youth of our parish. They participate in Feed Your Neighbor, annual cemetery clean-up and wrapping the parish Christmas gift, and assembling gift boxes for the nursing homes Christmas Prayer Service.
K of C Ladies Auxiliary The Ladies Auxiliary collected $431 from their Barnes & Noble wrapping. The money raised will go to the Linus Blanket Project to purchased quilt batting to makes all kinds of blanket for those who need comfort. The Knights of Columbus also donated $250 for the Christmas Stocking Nursing Home gift is sponsoring two seminarians.
Bereavement Ministry Conducts monthly gatherings for those who have lost a loved one. Losing a family member can be one of the most difficult and painful experiences a person will go through. It is important to have a solid support system of friends and other family members during such devastating times. Bereavement ministries are there to provide counsel after the funeral has ended and help the suffering acclimate back into life’s normal routines. The parish also offers a Mass of Remembrance to commemorate those in your family or friends who have died this past year.
SERVING OUR COMMUNITY
Habitat For Humanity
Habitat provides decent, affordable housing with the help of the homeowner (partner) families and volunteers. It is an ecumenical Christian housing ministry. Habitat is not a give-away program. In addition to a down payment and monthly mortgage payments, homeowners invest hundreds of hours of their own labor -- sweat equity-- into building their Habitat home and the homes of others. Families in need of decent shelter apply to local Habitat affiliates. The affiliate's family selection committee chooses homeowners based on their level of need, their willingness to become partners in the program and their ability to repay the loan. Every affiliate follows a nondiscriminatory policy of family selection. Neither race nor religion is a factor in choosing the families who receive Habitat houses. If your family, or a family you know, is in need of decent, affordable housing, contact Maumee Valley Habitat for Humanity at www.mvhabitat.org.
Volunteer Opportunities: Habitat is always in need of volunteers to help with home builds, special events, operations at ReStore and help in the office. Contact Habitat at 419-382-1964 or visit www.mvhabitat.org.
St. Pats/OLPH Blood Drive
This joint parish project provides units of blood to the American Red Cross for emergency situations at area hospitals. There are approximately 125 units donated to the Red Cross each year by participants in this drive! To donate blood, you must be at least 17 years old, weigh between 110 and 350 pounds, be in good general health, and not have donated whole blood in the past 56 days.
We have a blood drive 2 times a year - in August and January. If you'd like to donate blood at any other time, please contact the American Red Cross at www.redcross.org.
Volunteer Opportunities: In addition to giving blood, we have many volunteer opportunities in order to allow us to continue helping the American Red Cross. We always have a need for people to be greeters, work at the sign in tables, and appointment phone confirmations. And we also need registered nurses to assist the Red Cross employees.
For more information, please contact Marty Murray at 419-893-0239