St. Paul VI Parish Action Day
Parish Action Day (PAD) is a service day that has been held at St Mary’s Parish from 2012 thru 2019. After a 2-year COVID forced break, the first St. Paul VI PAD was held on November 5, 2022 and consisted of parishioners from both St. Mary and Mater Christi churches. PAD is sponsored by the Service Outreach Committee and its purpose is to build community and camaraderie with all parishioners as they serve a few hours together to help the needy, the military, and the environment.
PAD began with a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the St Mary Parish Center. It was followed by a send-off prayer by the Pastor at 9:00 a.m. and then parishioners joined their project group. In 2022, there were 10 different service project groups: packing supplies for the homeless, a Veterans program at Hines VA, environmental landscape work around town, assembling laundry kits and decorating cookies for the homeless, making holiday cards for the military, specialized cleaning in both of our churches, making Random Acts of Kindness notes to distribute around our neighborhoods, sorting coats & clothing & making after school snack packs for Catholic Charities.
PAD 2022 was a success with 145 attendees. As the pictures below indicate, everyone worked hard and had fun completing the service projects.
Parish Action Day; November 5, 2022
Service Outreach Projects
Greater Chicago Food Depository
Individuals help pack food for those in need in Cook County.
Kids 11+ be must accompanied by a responsible adult. For questions or to register contact John Legan via text or call at 708-870-0045 or email at email@example.com.
Catholic Charities Tuesday Supper
CC Cicero began the Tuesday Supper program at the beginning of the pandemic in October, 2020. The geographic area that is served is mostly the near west suburbs of Berwyn, Cicero, and South Oak Park. The CC clients served are seniors and the working poor. St. Paul VI Parish is a monthly sponsor and the CC clients are very grateful for our service. The Service Outreach Committee coordinates a supper on the 3rd Tuesday of every month; different menus are planned. Check the St. Paul VI bulletin and the newsletter for more information. Thank you to all who have helped us to help others, especially those who help on a regular monthly basis.
Catholic Charities - Stock the Pantry
Please bring your donation for the Catholic Charities Pantry items to the Parish Office at 40 E. Burlington, Riverside. Canned goods: soup, vegetables, fruit, tuna, and pasta, pasta sauce, rice, cereal, mac n cheese are welcome. In addition, gift cards can be placed in an envelope and dropped at the office mailbox. Please label the envelope CC Food Pantry Collection. Thank you for your generosity and continued support.
Feeding the Hungry - Housing Forward
Do you enjoy cooking? There is opportunity and need for volunteers to help feed the hungry for a homeless shelter located on Lake Street in Oak Park.
The first Friday of each month, generous cooks provide 40 dinners to Housing Forward. Volunteers make 5-10 dinners of a menu
of their choosing comprised of an entree, a vegetable, and a dessert.
Containers are supplied. Meals are delivered.
If you are interested in this worthy deed, please contact Kathy Burns. firstname.lastname@example.org
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