ST. JOSEPH CUPBOARD (SJC)
Beginning this Sunday, the Giving Trees will be up with the tags to take. The tree in front of St. Joseph will have Gift Certificate Tags and the tree in front of Our Blessed Mother Mary will have gift tags.
If you would feel more comfortable getting a tag, please feel free to come during the week. Simply come to the rectory anytime during office hours and we will be happy to let you in the church to get tags, or even light a candle!
Gift items must be placed under the giving trees by Sunday December 13th or dropped off at the rectory by Friday Dec. 11th.
God bless you for your kindness to other during this uncertain time.
The St. Joseph Cupboard (SJC) was formerly known as the St. Vincent de Paul Society. This hard working dedicated group of volunteers is currently headed-up by Angela & Todd Ayotte.
Where do we begin describing what exactly SJC does? Well, throughout the year SJC feeds those in need in our parish area with the “Emergency” Bags of groceries, McDonald’s Certificates for a hot meal, personal bags of hygiene products (when available), and certificates for Fishers for fresh foods. If someone has a need greater than a bag of groceries or hot meal, they will try to put them in touch with the proper agency. SJC works closely with Catholic Charities, Community Services & the YWCA Women’s Initiatives to help with job opportunities, bus passes for Drs. appointments only & they also donate money to Catholic Charities.
Their busy time and the most strain on their resources starts in October. During this month they will start taking names and information for those in our parish area for our Annual Giving Tree Program. Once that is under way, they will start taking names for the Thanksgiving Food Baskets followed by names for the Christmas Food Baskets. It takes a tremendous group of dedicated volunteers who devote their time answering phone calls, taking down information, getting the tags ready to be put on the Giving Trees (that will be set up the weekend before Thanksgiving), getting the gifts and food ready for distribution. This is just a few of the particulars involved in this project that culminates before Christmas.
Since the inception of the St. Therese Little Way program, SJC has been blessed with an abundance of inventory. This program has a simple concept, “If everyone contributes just one item to the food cupboard, we can make a difference.”
We are always so thankful for the volunteers who donate their time and energy and to the parishioners whose contributions both monetarily and physical help to make SJC a success.
SJC shows a self-less commitment to the care and needs of others with compassion and without prejudice.
Donations to the SJC can be put into the collection bins at the entrances to the church and monetary contributions can be put into the collection basket or sent to the Rectory Office.
If you would like to volunteer please click on the link below.
Thank you to our little helpers for their work in preparing bags of groceries to be handed out to those in need in our parish area.