Serve those who know the experience of being poor and needy!
At St. Francis Parish, our food drives, homeless shelters, tax preparation and the Giving Tree at Christmas, are projects, or Corporal Works of Mercy, established and maintained by our parish St. Vincent Service Ministry. These projects respond to the basic needs of humanity as we journey together through this life.
The Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Jesus and give us a model for how we should treat all others, as if they were Christ in disguise. They “are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs” (USCCA = U.S. Catholic Catechism For Adults).
- FEED THE HUNGRY
- GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY
- SHELTER THE HOMELESS
- VISIT THE SICK
- VISIT THE PRISONERS
- BURY THE DEAD
- GIVE ALMS TO THE POOR (give to those who lack = clothe the naked) DONATE NOW
Come and Join Us! St. Vincent Service Ministry, our committee, normally meets on the first Thursday of each month at 7 PM in the St. Francis Parish Office. I hope to see you there.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-821-2121.
The seven Corporal Works of Mercy are listed below. After each work of mercy there are also suggestions and words of advice for living them out in our daily lives. Have your own suggestions? Let us know.
1. FEED THE HUNGRY
There are many people in this world who go without food. When so much of our food goes to waste, consider how good stewardship practices of your own food habits can benefit others who do not have those same resources.
- Donate to our Food Drives and Help Deliver Food.
- Sustainable Garden at St. Francis: Support the Hungry, At-Risk Children and Families of our Area. Our garden harvests each year have produced over 180 lbs. of produce.
- Serve a Meal to the Hungry! (Also, Thanksgiving & Christmas Opportunities.)
- Assist at our Christmas Party for Foundations Pre-school.
- Volunteer at our CSS NorthSide Emergency Food Program.
- Volunteer at our Hope Clinic, Ypsilanti, Emergency Food Program.
2. GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY
Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ do not have access to clean water and suffer from the lack of this basic necessity. Make an effort not to waste water. Remembering to turn off the water faucet when you are brushing your teeth or washing dishes can help, especially in regions suffering from drought.
Collect bottled water to distribute at a shelter for families. Learn about Faith in Flint! See: faithinflint.com
3. SHELTER THE HOMELESS
There are many circumstances that could lead to someone becoming a person without a home. Christ encourages us to go out and meet those without homes, affirming their worth and helping them seek a resolution to the challenges they face.
- Volunteer some time with our: Shelter for People Who Are Homeless.
- Some times our homeless shelters need warm blankets for their beds. If you can knit or sew that would be an extra loving gift.
- Donate time or money to renovate or build homes for those who need shelter.
- Donate a Day – a Saturday in April each year, yard work & window washing. (And, Thank You!)
- Habitat for Humanity Catholic Habitat House
There are millions of children and families who are on the move, fleeing from war, illness, hunger and impossible living conditions, and searching for peace and safety. Seek ways to provide shelter for the homeless locally, regionally, nationally or internationally.
- Religious Action for Affordable Housing (RAAH)
- Dormitory at St. Joseph Academy in Kakamega, Kenya (Sr. Agnes)
- Immigration Issues and Justice for Immigrants
4. VISIT THE SICK
Those who are sick are often forgotten or avoided. In spite of their illness, these individuals still have much to offer to those who take the time to visit and comfort them.
- Join our St. Francis Parish Homebound Ministry, which brings Catholic services and the Eucharist to parishioners and other Catholics who are unable to get to Sunday Mass. Learn more here.
- Spend time volunteering at a nursing home – Get creative and make use of your talents (e.g. sing, read, paint, call Bingo, etc.)!
- Take time on a Saturday to stop and visit with an elderly neighbor.
- Offer to assist caregivers of chronically sick family members on a one-time or periodic basis. Give caregivers time off from their caregiving responsibilities so they can rest, complete personal chores, or enjoy a relaxing break.
- Next time you make a meal that can be easily frozen, make a double batch and give it to a family in your parish who has a sick loved one.
- Give blood. See: redcrossblood.org/locations/ann-arbor-donor-center
5. VISIT THE PRISONERS
People in prison are still people, made in the image and likeness of God. No matter what someone has done, they deserve the opportunity to hear the Word of God and find the Truth of the message of Christ.
- Get involved. Volunteer with our parish Jail & Prison Ministry.
- Volunteer to help out or donate to charities that give Christmas presents to children whose parents are in prison. Advent Giving Tree & Regift Box.
6. BURY THE DEAD
Funerals give us the opportunity to grieve and show others support during difficult times. Through our prayers and actions during these times we show our respect for life, which is always a gift from God, and comfort to those who mourn.
- Send a card to someone who has recently lost a loved one. Make your own card and use some of these prayers.
- Visit the cemetery and pray for those you have lost.
- Spend time planning your own funeral mass, read through the Order of Christian Funerals and find our hope in the Resurrection.
7. GIVE ALMS TO THE POOR
- Donate money to provide support and services for those in need.
Financial Donations may be made to our St. Vincent Service Ministry at St. Francis Parish.
- Donate Any Items: Car Donations, Furniture, Appliances, Electronics, Religious Items, Clothes, Coats, Medical Equipment, Hearing Aids, Eye Glasses, Food and Leftovers from a Meal, etc…
- Participate in our Advent Giving Tree & Regift Box.
- Participate in our parish LENTEN Drive for…
- Volunteer Your Time: Help With Tax Forms! – Get Help With Your Taxes (And, Thank You!)
- Volunteer Your Time: St. Vincent Service Committee Chair Position Description
- Do research and find organizations that put people in need first, rather than profit. Donate money and/or volunteer your time. Here’s a list of some organizations and Additional Service Opportunities.
Find help for yourself or a neighbor in need! Learn about our community’s Essential Human and Emergency Services, listed here: Assistance – Meeting Needs, Help for the Needy, Housing Access, Shelter, Food & Meals, Pregnancy, Child Care, Grief Support after a Miscarriage for Couples, Healing After Abortion, Mental Health & Grief Support, Legal Services, Non-Medical – Private Duty Home Care Services, Assisted Living, Transportation, Clothing, Funerals & Burials, Counseling Assistance, Financial Assistance, & Money Management. Also, find Medical Equipment, a Used Medical Loan Closet Resource List with items like: canes, walkers, wheel chairs, bath chairs, & wheelchairs.
Perhaps get started in your search for help by calling our parish office 734-821-2121, or our congregational network at Friends In Deed (FID) 734-484-4357, Mon-Fri 9:30-Noon.
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