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. See our sign-ups for service project opportunities here.
Come and Join Us! St. Vincent Service Ministry, our committee, normally meets monthly. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-821-2121 or 734-480-8422. Scott Wright; or, Brian O’Neil; or Mary Hayden; or Linda Wiseman.
Saint Nicholas was a Catholic bishop who helped poor families in need. He gave them gold coins and the love of Jesus. His life reputation of generous gift giving and virtuous character was magnified as a great example for all Christians and all people around the world to grow in the works of mercy, charity and care for all of our neighbors especially children and poor families.
After his death, the stories and legends of Saint Nicholas’ gift-giving grew even more epic and really blessed and inspired many people. The life story of Saint Nicholas has transformed into the legendary character called Santa Claus, who now in-spirit with lots of helpers, is still delivering Christmas presents, to children around the world. Year after year people join together in the same spirit of love and joyful giving. You’ll also want to join in this saint’s life of generous gift giving. St. Nicholas, pray for us!
Donations to support the charity work of our St Vincent Service Committee of St Francis Parish may be made online here. DONATE NOW. Thank you for your generosity and concern for the poor in the name of Jesus. Blessed Christmas!
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
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.Read More
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.Read More
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. Read More
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. Read More
We identify and remove barriers that prevent addicts and alcoholics from joining the recovering community.
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. Read More
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.Read More
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. Read More
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… www.housingaccess.net ; or, call 734-961-1999, Shelter, Food & Meals, Pregnancy, Child Care, Grief Support after a Miscarriage for Couples, Healing After Abortion, Mental Health & Grief Support, Hospital Ministry (data), Legal Services, Non-Medical – Private Duty Home Care Services, Assisted Living, Transportation, Clothing, Funerals & Burials, Counseling Assistance, Planned Aging, 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. http://www.friendsindeedmi.org/resource-guides/
We keep our blog with photos at: http://service4justice.blogspot.com/