A Call to Help the Homeless in Our Community

When we think of people who are homeless, we often think of an image of someone standing on a street corner with a sign asking for money or people living in a tent or on a mattress under an overpass.  Sometimes we have further thoughts of what happens to these people, how did they get where they are, and who takes care of them.  These folks are the forgotten souls living in our Catholic community.  Most of the homeless are struggling with an addiction or mental illness that has overtaken their lives, and are unable to get back on their feet.In our Catholic community, Ozanam Inn provides daily shelter for approximately 120 men who are homeless.  Many of these men are graduates of our Catholic schools but have lost their way.  Some are victims of abusive family environments, others are … [Read more...]

From the Deacon – June 2, 2013

Call for Eucharistic Ministers  When the subject of “needs” arises, most often we think of physical needs, like clothing, food and shelter.  However, there are a number of health care facilities in our Parish whose Catholic patients are unable to get to Mass and receive the Eucharist. They are often forgotten because we don’t see them or hear about them.  They have spiritual needs.  Here is a story I heard recently.Gloria was a Catholic patient in a nearby nursing facility who was in poor physical health but with a sharp mind.  She had not been to Mass or received the Eucharist in several years.  Michael was a volunteer who brought the Eucharist to various patients in the facility.  He stopped by to visit Gloria several times and offered her the Eucharist but each time she declined.  … [Read more...]

From the Deacon

Call for Eucharistic Ministers  When the subject of “needs” arises, most often we think of physical needs, like clothing, food and shelter.  However, there are a number of health care facilities in our Parish whose Catholic patients are unable to get to Mass and receive the Eucharist. They are often forgotten because we don’t see them or hear about them.  They have spiritual needs.  Here is a story I heard recently.Gloria was a Catholic patient in a nearby nursing facility who was in poor physical health but with a sharp mind.  She had not been to Mass or received the Eucharist in several years.  Michael was a volunteer who brought the Eucharist to various patients in the facility.  He stopped by to visit Gloria several times and offered her the Eucharist but each time she declined.  … [Read more...]