SOCIAL JUSTICE & OUTREACH
Advent Giving Tree
Parishioners celebrate the true meaning of Christmas by sharing gifts with families in our community who are less fortunate. Participation in this ministry can be as simple as removing an angel tag from the giving tree, purchasing the gift and returning it to the church.
You can also get involved with this ministry by assisting with the preparation of the angel tags, decorating the Advent Giving Tree, and/or sorting the gifts presented. All help is welcomed with this annual Advent ministry. Please contact our Advent Giving Tree liaison, which can be found in the Parish Guide
Common Ground Free Store
The Common Ground Free Store is a place where everything is free—clothing, shoes, diapers, and linens, to small appliances, books, and toys. There are no income requirements, no questions, and no scrutiny; only the support of people who care. God’s mercy does not come with a price tag.
Common Ground Free Store Ministries is a partnership between Delaware County churches, businesses, civic organizations, and caring citizens. Common Ground’s help doesn’t stop with free clothing and household items. Common Ground partners with other local service agencies to provide new hope and new starts through referrals to other agencies in the community.
For more information on how you can get involved with this ministry, please see the Contacts List of our Parish Guide
Family Promise is an interfaith hospitality network to help homeless families achieve lasting independence. With support from local congregations in Delaware County, they provide food, shelter, and assistance with obtaining employment and housing. The networks of congregations and volunteers meet homeless families’ needs for shelter, meals, and comprehensive support services.
For more information, please contact our Family Promise liaison, which is located in our Parish Guide
The Respect Life Committee of St. Mary Church will proactively PROCLAIM, RESPECT and VALUE ALL life from CONCEPTION to NATURAL DEATH.
The Respect Life Committee meets the second Tuesday of every month at 12:30 pm in Kavanagh Hall unless noted in the bulletin.
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you that I have set before you life or death, blessing or curse, on that you would choose life that you and your children may live.”
For more information, please contact our Respect Life liaison, which can be found in the Parish Guide.
St. Vincent DePaul
St. Vincent DePaul Society is an international Catholic voluntary organization of laymen and women. The vocation of the Society’s members is to follow Christ through service to those in need. Members show their commitment through person to person contact of those in need. No work of charity is unknown to the Society. It includes any form of help that alleviates suffering and promotes human dignity. St. Vincent DePaul serves those in need regardless of religious, ethnic, social background, health, gender, or political opinions. There are many opportunities for parishioners to become involved with the St. Mary Conference of St. Vincent DePaul:
Visitation of the sick and elderly
Transportation to Mass, grocery stores, etc.
Assisting families and individuals in crisis (illness, hospitalization, death) by providing meals, childcare, and transportation, etc.
Assisting with conference projects such as the fall clothing drive, or the Christmas Clearing House, collection for Rosemont Center, Operation Rice Bowl during Lent, and various other projects.
Donations of personal care items for People in Need, and grocery bags (paper only) for People In Need (cabinet located in the side vestibule of the church).
Support through the monthly St. Vincent DePaul collections helps various worthwhile organizations. Meetings, which begin with prayer and guided reflection are held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in Kavanagh Hall.
Please read more about how St. Vincent DePaul Society assists our community
SVdP Parishioner Needs Line: 740-417-3410
With the departure of Sister Cecilia, the process of evaluating the needs of Registered St. Mary Parishioners has changed. Needs will be evaluated by the St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) Needs Committee. The committee will meet weekly.
To schedule an appointment with the committee, call the SVdP Parishioner Needs Line at 740-417-3410.