Saint Joseph's Social Ministrries
FEEDING OUR NEIGHBORS 2016
Cardinal Dolan will once again call for an Archdiocesan-wide Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign from Sunday, January 24, 2016 through Sunday, January 31, 2016. Last year, thanks to your support, the campaign raised food and funds for an additional 750,000 meals. Unfortunately, the high demand for emergency food continues this year. This year we have set a goal of one million additional meals. We will once again partner with our Catholic partners, parishes, the Catholic schools through the Office of the Superintendent, the Office of Youth Ministry, the Knights of Columbus, and Catechetical. We will also collaborate with the United Jewish Appeal Federation (UJA), and Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies (FPWA). One of the keys to last year's success was to recognize that many of you were already engaged in supporting food programs. As a result, we offered the option to increase support for what you were already doing or to contribute funds or food to other programs that needed support. By expanding this year beyond parishes and their related schools, hopefully the witness and impact will be even greater.
St. Joseph's Social Ministry sincerely thanks all of those who generously donated their used
and/or new toys for the local children. All of the toys collected directly benefited the
families in our community. During these tough economic times it is a great kindness to
provide these gifts to bring joy and enrich the lives of these children. We are grateful for
your loving and compassionate support.
TOYS FOR THE NEEDY
The Saint Joseph's Social Ministry will be collecting toys for the children of our Community. These toys will benefit the local children at Christmas. Used toys will be collected November 22 and 23. Please leave them in the boxes at the entrance to the church. The new toys will be collected November 29 and 30 and December 6 and 7. Gifts of toys for boys or girls are for ages 1 – 12 years old only. Underwear and socks needed also. Thank you for supporting the needy children in our community. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
LOOKING FOR CHRIST
I am 76 years old and for all these years I have carried Christ so very close to my heart and soul. So many times I would think how wonderful it would be if I could see Him, hug Him, ask Him to hold my hand when I was frightened, have Him wipe my tears when I was sad, tell Him how sorry I was when I did things I knew would hurt Him and yes thank Him for always forgiving me.
It has taken many years to recognize where the deep and abiding love of Christ so deeply imbedded in my heart and soul came from----how did it get there. It was 26 years ago when I began my journey with the poor I see Christ every day----I wipe His fears—I hold Him in my arms, I listen to Him, I feel His heart break. I share His happiness and his sadness. I hold his newborn babies. I cry with the woman on drugs, the woman who lost both legs. I took my blinders off and Christ was standing in front of me all the time and in the most unlikely places. He has always been there---with His love for the poor. I was blind but now I see.
To all our donors and volunteers, Christ holds your hands as he brought you all to us to care for His most forgotten souls—Thank you.
Christmas Shopping Day for the St. Joseph Social Ministry will be Dec. 8Th & 9th. Everyone must have signed in at our office and have their ticket. We are asking for new & used toys in good condition. Ages 5-12 and Adults Underwear socks pants hoodies warm jackets linens & pillows Razors & razor blades Haircuts (children & adults) gas cards Gift cards McDonalds.
You may leave your gifts at the Rectory marked St. Joseph’s Social Ministry or you may bring them to the mission before Dec. 8th.
Pat La Rue
St. Joseph's Social Ministry
Hurley Mission Church
II. THE PEOPLE'S PLACE
Feeding and Clothing our Community since 1972
In 1972, Redemptorist Brothers from Mount St. Alphonsus, began People’s Place as a community outreach. Although we are now a non-sectarian, 501-c3, volunteer organization and our physical location has changed several times over the past 40 years, People’s Place mission has remained consistent with the ideals launched by our founders: To feed and clothe individuals in our community.
Funding for People’s Place comes from individual donors, sponsors, grants, fundraisers, special events and our Thrift Store.
After 40 years of service to our community, People’s Place has firmly established our commitment to improving the lives of individuals and families in the greater Kingston area.
I encourage you to browse our website, learn about what we do and consider how you or your organization/business may be able to help us continue our mission. Thank you for your interest and commitment to our community.