PARISH SOCIAL MINISTRY EVENTS
Clothing and Coat Drive – September 27th – October 1st
We will be accepting clothes and coats on September 2, 28 and 29th. As you go through your family’s closets and drawers in the coming weeks, making decisions about which school and business clothes need to be replaced, please remember that any clothes you donate to our clothing and coat drive will go from Saint Mary’s to a person who truly needs them. Please Note: There will not be another coat drive during the winter. So please donate coats now!
There will be volunteer opportunities from Saturday, September 27th to help set up Farrell Hall through wrap-up on Wednesday, October 1st. Volunteers will be needed to sort clothes on September 28, 29 and 30th. During the afternoons of September 29 and 30th, representatives from participating organizations will have the opportunity to come to Saint Mary’s and select what their organizations can use. We will need people to assist those who will be selecting and to keep the clothes in order. To volunteer, please see the sign-up sheets available in the foyer of the Worship Center, visit SignUp Genius http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d4bafad29ab9-2014, or contact Carol Mayfield, email@example.com.
Bikes for the World Collection on October 4th
Bikes for the World collects usable/repairable bikes and spare parts and ships them to poverty stricken areas of the world. After being refurbished, these bikes become a main source of transportation to work, school and health care. The annual collection at St. Mary’s for Bikes for the World is Saturday, October 4, 2014, from 9 am to 12 pm in the St. Mary’s parking lot. Donate your old or used bikes or volunteer to help. Help is needed to set up, process the bikes for shipment, collect donations & write receipts. On the job training will be provided! This is a great way to earn confirmation service hours. For more information contact: Jackie, 703-798-3917, firstname.lastname@example.org, and Brian, 703-764-3845, email@example.com.
Fair Trade Coffee Sale Coming on September 27th – 28th
Support economic justice for others by purchasing Fair Trade. Coffee and chocolate will be sold after Saturday evening and Sunday morning Masses, and before the 12:30 p.m. Mass on September 27th and 28th.
School Supplies Project
As anticipated, our school supply collect and distribution was a great success! Through the help of dedicated volunteers and parishioner generosity, we supplied over 700 backpacks and school supplies for students in the following:
Fairfax County schools and/or working with County agencies
- Attending a child development center
- Participating in a support group for youth whose parents are in jail
- Living in a battered women’s shelter or juvenile detention center
- Struggling in families with complex financial needs;
- Living on the Guatemala City Dump.
HUGE thanks to all those who supported and assisted with our Easter basket project. You made it possible for us to assemble 853 baskets which have been delivered to needy children and adults.
Each basket contained a greeting card conveying Easter wishes and prayers from the parishioners of Saint Mary’s.
SECOND ANNUAL I HUNGER FOR MERCY FOOD PACKING
The House of Mercy is bringing its I Hunger for Mercy program to Saint Mary’s on March 8th, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, in Farrell Hall. We will form assembly lines of 10 persons to pack nutritious meals of rice, soy protein and vegetables to be delivered to malnourished children and families. No experience is needed; there will be a short instructional video at 10am. This will be an excellent activity for families! Please sign up at: TinyURL.com/ll3wnlj.
Winter Coat Collection Thank You!
Thanks to all who contributed to the success of the coat collection. The Girl Scouts of Troop 5686 collected and organized 302 coats and jackets that will be very much appreciated by people who might not otherwise have a warm coat.
HYPOTHERMIA PREVENTION SHELTER
Our week of hosting the Hypothermia Prevention Shelter ended on January 26th. We would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all who contributed to the great success of the week. Your generous spirit and compassion were truly inspiring for all who were involved. Due to weather conditions, we asked people to extend themselves more than they may have expected but the response was tremendous. Thank you!
Thanksgiving and Christmas
We are so very grateful to all who made our Thanksgiving and Christmas outreach possible this year, including all who brought food and gifts, and all who shared their time and talents as volunteers in the program. Only God knows the full impact of your PAST good works, but the following note expresses the appreciation and prayers of one mother who wrote to us.
|Hello Saint of Mary of Sorrows Congregation,
I wanted to send a note letting you know that me and my kids are grateful and very appreciative for the Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner box and gifts your church provided us. I was referred to you by the Fairfax County Department of Human Services because I was laid off in October. As a single mother trying to maintain a mortgage and keep the kids in a nice neighborhood this has been very trying; however, I know Christ is in control and will place me in the right job for me. Thank you and God bless each and every one of you for your assistance and kind hearted gesture. Your generosity has really helped my family and I ask that you continue to pray for us, so that I can find a job very very soon. God bless you, and Merry Christmas!