“At that very time Jesus cured many who had diseases, sicknesses and evil spirits, and gave sight to many who were blind. So he replied to the messengers, “Go back and report to John what you have seen and heard: The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.” (Luke 7:21-22)
Social Ministry is the visible public sign of the Church please feel free to join any of these ministries! It is through these ministries we as a church directly interact with the poor and needy in our communities! Let us be like Christ and bring peace and comfort to the most needy in our midst.
Social Ministry Schedule of Activities
Local Pantry: Consider donating the second of your BOGO items! Foods, toiletries, paper supplies — even pet food (for the non-human friends who may be in need) — can be left in the collection boxes at all worship sites. Items are delivered monthly to the local food distributions. Help delivering to the food distributions and assisting at them is always welcome.
Respect Life: During October parishioners at all worship sites are encouraged to learn and pray about the gift that life is. Baby Bottles are made available for special offerings that are given to area Pregnancy Care Centers.
- Project Rachel
- March for Life: The mission of the March for Life is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person. Both in January, on the anniversary of legalized abortion in the US, and throughout the year we bring together pro-life leaders and groups to organize, unite and strategize around a common message, and to communicate this message to the government, the media and the nation in a way that is powerful and life affirming.
Helping Hands Funds: Financial assistance is available to those in need by contacting one of the parish offices. These funds go directly to vendors to assist with rent, utility bills, medical bills and other emergency needs.
Angel/Giving Tree: During Advent parishioners are made aware of the needs of the elderly who may no longer have family to give them gifts. Parishioners purchase and wrap gifts based on needs found on gift tags. Help collecting the parcels and distributing them is always welcome.
Equal Exchange: Fair Trade is about small farmers in the Developing World receiving a fair price for their labors. But it is also about much more. Through Equal Exchange’s Interfaith Coffee Program, our congregation becomes part of a life-centered economic model which puts people and the environment before profits – a model rooted in the principles of justice, equity, cooperation and sustainability. With your help, we can build a better future for ourselves and our global neighbors. Equal Exchange products are available at worship sites throughout the cluster
Public Policy: During February parishioners are asked to back political efforts that aim to strengthen families and care for the Earth by signing petitions.
Operation Rice Bowl: During Lent we partner with Catholic Relief Services to pray and collect funds that help brothers and sisters in developing countries.
St. John’s Kenyan Outreach: St. John’s Kenyan Outreach was established in 2004 for the purpose of renovating Saint John’s Small Home, a residential home in Subukia, Kenya for children with disabilities attending grades 1 – 8 at Our Lady of Victory School. In order to provide more opportunities for these children and others of the Diocese, St. John’s Kenyan Outreach funded the building and equipping of Saint John’s Vocational School which was opened in Subukia, Kenya in 2009. St. John’s Kenyan Outreach continues to help provide food, shelter, clothing, education and medical care for these children through a sponsorship program and general contributions. Please check the website www.stjohnsoutreach.org or Facebook page “Saint John’s Kenyan Outreach” for more information.
Pet Food Collection: Held during winter in order to help raise and collect food for pets in our parishes to help out struggling families.
Grandma’s Kitchen: Provide food after school for students staying for activities at Penn Yan Academy
Handicapped Bus Volunteers: 3 times year and dates determined by Penn Yan Area Council of Churches. The focus of this ministry is to bring shut ins and the elderly to Mass and other Sacred Liturgies
Coffee Hour: Coffee and conversation with residents of Clinton Crest.
Immigrant and Migrant Ministry: “And when did we see You a stranger and welcome you?” (Matthew 25:38) Then he will answer them, “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:45) These words from scripture remind us of our call to be open and welcoming to immigrants because we were all immigrants at one time too. Throughout the Our Lady of the Lakes Community we have immigrants, many who have become citizens, living in our midst. They are people of great faith and deep devotion to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Many seek assistance to learn English, study for citizenship, or access help to navigate their new country at Literacy Volunteers Ontario-Yates. If you need help or would like to volunteer and would like to know more, visit the Literacy website at literacyvoc.org. or speak to Nancy Richardson or another member of this important ministry.
Area Councils of Churches
Working together locally with our Protestant brothers and sisters for the benefit of all God’s children is the aim of the councils. There are two within our parish — in Penn Yan and Naples. Meetings are monthly. Need more info? Contact the Religious Education Coordinator.