Many refugee families receive assistance at Mary’s Place in Rochester. Recognizing their great need, we have connected with Mary’s Place, which is organized to accept and distribute our donations to these families. Our fall 2017 collection was held at Saint Anne and Our Lady of Lourdes during October.
We were asked to donate household paper products and cleaning supplies, as well as shirts and sweatshirts for boys. There were displays in each church with tickets that indicated specific items to purchase. Many parishioners chose one or more ticket as a reminder and returned their donations promptly. We completely filled two cars to the ceiling and literally “wowed” the Director of Mary’s Place with the volume of items. Thank you to all for your sacrifice. It makes a difference!
Read about Mary’s Place services and ways you can volunteer: Mary’s Place website. Thanks for your generosity.
Parishioners of Saint Anne and Our Lady of Lourdes churches did it again. Free-will donations for GREEN CARNATIONS totaled more than $300! Some blooms were taken to shut-ins, some were intended to surprise a friend, some went to family members, and some were just for celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at home.
Catholic and Protestant children from Belfast, Northern Ireland, will benefit from these donations, which will pay for their trip to the Rochester area during the summer. Host families are needed! If interested, contact the program at: email@example.com
The goal of the program is to foster “peace through understanding.”Thank you for supporting this program!
Our Cluster again participated in the Easter Candy Sale held by the Brighton Coalition of Churches working with Flower City Habitat for Humanity. There were 52 orders from Cluster parishioners for a total of 143 candy items. We also received $459 in donations from 27 individuals. If the other churches in our coalition have their usually good sales, we should trigger a return of 50% profit from the Niagara chocolate company. We expect that $1115 from our Cluster campaign (half of sales and all donations) will go to Habitat for Humanity to support yet another house for a local family in the City of Rochester.
Another family benefits from your generosity!
Public Policy Advocacy 2017: Opposing Physician-Assisted Suicide
On the first weekend in February, our Cluster joined parishes throughout New York State to petition the Governor and NYS legislature against the proposed bill to allow physician-assisted suicide. Resources discussing the issues and arguments for opposing the bill can be found here:
Guidance on end-of-life decisions can be found here: Guidance
Christmas Giving in Our Cluster 2017
Hundreds of Angel tags are being prepared for the Giving Trees at Saint Anne and Our Lady of Lourdes Churches! Gifts left under the Lourdes Giving Tree will head to Our Lady of the Americas Church where they will be sorted into boxes for each of 25 families and distributed in time for Christmas.
Gifts collected at Saint Anne Church will benefit at the Hurlbut Nursing Home and clients of Catholic Charities of Livingston County.
THANK YOU! to all of our giving parishioners on behalf of the children and adults who will have presents to open on Christmas because of your generosity.
THANKSGIVING Pies 2017
Habitat for Humanity Thanksgiving Pie Sale 2017 Our Saint Anne-Our Lady of Lourdes Cluster bought 93 pies/crisps and made cash donations to support another house to be built by the Brighton Coalition of Churches! The Coalition raised approximately $1300 for Habitat. Our Cluster was the second highest contributor among our neighboring churches, continuing a tradition of community support for which we are proud!
Thanksgiving Day FOOD Collection 2017
Come to Thanksgiving Day Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 9:00 am, and bring nonperishable food items to be donated to Our Lady of the Americas. Volunteers there will distribute the food to those in need.
4th-Sunday Food Collection at Our Lady of Lourdes
Parishioners are asked to bring nonperishable food items on the 4th Sunday of every month. Following Mass, Members of the Social Ministry Committee will bring the donations to an area food cupboard. The need for food is great, even in our local neighborhoods!
For more information about social ministry, or about the Social Ministry Committee, call the Cluster office and leave a message for the committee chairperson, Mary Lisa Sisson. Call: 473-9656