Our call to stewardship includes all of the ways in which we receive God's gifts with gratitude, cultivate them, and share them with others. This page highlights specific opportunities for stewardship in the coming weeks, reports on the good results of our efforts, and puts a spotlight on one of our parish groups.
› Helping Neighbors in Need
The Aquinas Guild Service Committee collects food and household items to support the Sharpsburg Food Pantry. In operation for more than a decade, this local effort which provides assistance to families in our surrounding communities is organized by the Juan Diego Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Thanks to the support of local parishes and other conferences, including St. Scholastica's, more than 100 families are provided assistance each month.
During November, we are requesting contributions of holiday meal items such as vegetables, sweet and mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, or gravy as well as other non-perishable items. There is a red bin marked "Sharpsburg Food Pantry" in the back of the church to collect your donations. Please consider providing nourishment and hope to families in our area who need your help getting through difficult times.
Thank you in advance for your support.
› Donations Needed
Thanks for your recent contributions!
The local group who work with poor and homeless persons in the Pittsburgh area is always in need of donations.
Please help if you can.
Food items especially needed as of November 12 include:
• Canned kidney or black beans
• Dried fruit
• Macaroni and cheese
• Prepared meal mixes (such as Hamburger Helper)
• Powdered or shelf-stable milk
Food items may be left in the gray bins near the entrance of the church.
It's time to prepare for Thanksgiving in the streets! These items are needed: stuffing mix, turkey gravy, canned cranberry sauce, instant potatoes, canned yams or sweet potatoes, canned corn or other vegetables, and large, sturdy, disposable aluminum roasting pans (for turkeys). Please leave these items in the gray bins by Sunday, Nov. 18.
If you’re able to provide frozen turkeys, please deliver them to the porch of 318 Third Street on Monday, Nov. 19 ONLY, before 8:00am. Please do NOT bring turkeys to the church. Thank you for your Thanksgiving generosity!
ITEMS THAT ARE ALWAYS NEEDED (Clean, used items in good condition are fine.)
• Adult backpacks or duffel bags
• Sleeping bags
• Large comforters
• Other bedding (e.g., sheets, pillowcases), but please NO dust ruffles or pillow shams
If you have a sizable donation of these things, OR ANY DONATION OF CLOTHING:
- Containers: Please bring it to volunteers in bags (not boxes)
- Days and Time: Mondays and Fridays -- Between 10 a.m. and noon
- Location: At the SIDE DOOR of 316 Third St., Aspinwall
NOTE: We ask that no donation be left anywhere outside of either 316 or 318 Third St.
OTHER FOOD ITEMS: (Almost always useful, especially for people living in shelters.)
• Breakfast bars
• Nuts, raisins, and trail mix
• Fruit cups
• Pudding and Jello cups
• Plain Crackers
• Peanut butter
• Fruit in pull-tab cans
• Tuna or chicken in packets or pull-tab cans (that do not require a can opener)
NOTE: All food items may be placed in the gray bins near the entrance of the church. It helps to use plastic bags rather than place loose items in the bin.
Thank you for your generosity!
A Note from Nancy
Sometimes we receive donations of new sheets, blankets, pillows, and towels, for which we are very grateful. However, we do not give these new items to our homeless clientele. Rather, we give them to clients who, with the help of housing agencies, are being set up in apartments.
There has been some question as to whether we accept "used" bedding and towels. Yes, we definitely accept CLEAN used items, and these we do give to our homeless brothers and sisters as well as to those blessed to get off the streets.
We have also had parish members ask about the location of our headquarters and our volunteer schedule. Please . . . Donations may only be handed to volunteers between 10 a.m. and noon on Mondays and Fridays at the SIDE DOOR of 316 Third St., Aspinwall. Again, we ask that no donation be left anywhere outside of either 316 or 318 Third St. Thank you for helping us help others!
Yours in Christ,
P.S. Please, please, pass the word about nothing being dropped off at either 316 or 318 Third St. Donations may be dropped off at the headquarters on Mondays or Fridays at 10 am or by prior arrangement. Thank you for your cooperation.
› Society of St. Vincent de Paul:
Men and women of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul provide assistance (food, clothing, etc.) to people in need. Funds are raised through the voluntary contributions of the faithful to the “poor boxes” located at the doors of the church. In addition, the Society stocks the pamphlet rack in the back of the church. Society members also help veterans at the VA hospital in Aspinwall attend services on Sundays during the month of March.
The Mission of the Pittsburgh Council:
"Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering. Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice and collaborate with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes making no distinction in those served."
What are the benefits of joining? Here's what current ministers have to say:
Carol Paulick tells of the satisfaction of helping people: "You hear someone's sad story and you can help." She also helps veterans at the VA to attend chapel services, as a result, she said, "I feel so good on Sunday!"
Guy Tumolo asks: "Would you like to express your faith in a tangible manner? There are times when a fellow human being needs some support to deal with financial problems that affect their ability to participate fully in growth in grace. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is there to help emotionally and financially to overcome the impediment."
If you feel attracted to this ministry:
Phone Contact (voicemail): 412-781-0186, ext. 22
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