St. Edward's Community Outreach
There are parishioners who have formed a St. Vincent De Paul group at our parish. They are inspired by the example of St. Vincent and St. Louise de Marillac and their saintly work for the poor of Paris in their days. This society of helpers are in parishes across the globe.
Our parish one looks to respond to appeals to the parish door or phone that the staff needs support of time and energy to investigate the request. Request are for financial charity or for assistance with time and care for someone or for guidance in social services. The parish group meets during the year to discuss efforts for food collections at key times, for responses to organized charity (e.g. Church appeal for some need), and to discuss certain cases of appeal. Poor Box monies and other donations out of the regular collection are used when an appeal by someone is found to be something we can offer in help as a church and neighbor.
The Essential Elements of this group, as with its international tie, is 1) to bear witness the Christ and His Church, 2) to bring persons closer to God, and 3) by visitation, to establish personal and loving contact between members of the church and those who suffer.
To ask further about the group, call the rectory office.
The Giving Tree
There is a parish family that organizes The Giving Tree each late November for giving suggested donations for needy persons at Christmas. Tags are made for known needs and persons, and then parishioners buy the item that the needy person has listed (on the tag) and brings the present back to church in mid-December, in time for deliver for Christmas for those in need. People of the parish can offer assistance in organizing and sending out those items. Some people provide the listed items and persons for receiving the gift at Christmas. Participants are happy to adopt a need at Christmas to fill!