Please see the list below to learn about the ongoing parish programs that promote community outreach.
COURAGE is a spiritual support group for homosexual men and women seeking to live according to the Church’s teaching on sexuality. For information call (215) 587-4505. Confidentiality is assured.
ELIZABETH MINISTRY The Elizabeth Ministry offers encouragement, support, mentoring, and prayerful assistance woman to woman. The mission of the ministry is to cherish children and encourage women as they nurture their families. Support is extended to those who suffer with infertility, are contemplating or pursuing adoption, are experiencing difficulty with pregnancy, children’s special needs, birth of a child or death of a child, and also encourages support to grandparents. Through a willingness to share personal stories, lend an ear, and offer prayerful support, the Elizabeth Ministry acts as a link to the faith community. If you wish to have a petition remembered in prayer, please place a rose and your petition in the Rosebud Basket located in the sacristy behind St. Joseph’s altar. Roses are a variety of colors to indicate different needs for prayers and remembrance. Please let us know if we can offer assistance by contacting the Parish Nurse Office at (610) 789-9914.
Our faith is a precious gift given by God so that we may know and love Him. Sometimes our faith is tested, and we walk away from the very gift that gives us life, hope, and joy. Landings is a special program designed to assist Catholics who have not been experiencing the fullness of their faith and have been absent from the table of the Lord. This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone who is longing to come home, but finds it difficult. “Landings” makes that process easier. Let us show you how simple it is. Call Joanne Montie at (610) 853-4527 or Gail Shannon at (610) 449-7399.
ST. JOHN HOSPICE CASSEROLE PROGRAM St. John’s has been informed by the City Health Inspector that in order to be in compliance with food safety regulations we are required to have the date that our casseroles are prepared written on the cover of each casserole. This is a little more work for you, but the regulation is when cooked food is received frozen, a tracking system for storage needs to be initiated. Everyone at St. John’s is grateful for your participation in the Casserole Program. Each day, St. John’s opens its doors to approximately 400 men. It is your effort that allows for so many hungry men to be fed each day. For most of the men, this noontime meal is their only meal of the day. Please join in this good work. Empty aluminum casserole pans and lids are available by the freezer located in the church annex. St. John’s extends their thanks and prayers for your charity and friendship. Any questions call Mary Lou at (610) 853-2617.
MARKET DAY May order forms will be available today at all church exits. The next sale will take place on Thursday, 5/15/08. Please place Internet orders (www.marketday.com) by Fri. 5/9/08 by 12:00. Any questions call Helen Stranick at (610) 449-5316.
HOSPITAL/NURSING HOME STAYS A recently enacted law has affected the longstanding practice of hospitals and nursing facilities to provide information to churches about parishioners who are patients/residents. Because of that new law, the priests and the staff in the parish office may not promptly learn, or may not learn at all, that a member of the parish has been admitted to a hospital (nursing facility). If you, or a member of your family, are hospitalized (or enter a long-term care facility or assisted, independent living or residential facility) and you want the parish office to know, please personally, (or through a friend or family member) contact the office promptly and identify the patient/resident, the hospital (nursing facility) and the room number. Because all area hospitals (nursing facilities) may not have the same policies allowing the priest of the parish to know when members are patients/residents, direct notice to the parish from you or your family is a better approach. If the parish office does not receive word, the priest will do his best to obtain information about parishioners, but hospitals (nursing facilities) are limited in their opportunity to give out information.
Reach Out To Those Who Need The Gift of Sight Once again, the Parish Nurse Ministry will be collecting eyeglasses for “New Eyes for the Needy”. This program is managed by a national charitable organization whose mission is to improve the vision of poor people in the United States and overseas. It involves collecting unused eyeglasses which are tested by the agency and then shipped to hospitals and medical missions in developing nations. If you can help, please place your eyeglasses (to include non-prescription sunglasses) in the plastic containers located in the food bins in the church alcoves.
The Sisters of IHM offer individualized instruction in reading, math, writing, and study skills for students in grades K-8 at the IHM Education Center in Bryn Mawr during the summer June 23rd to July 25th. Fast Forward Program may be available also. For more information call Sister James Anne at (610) 527-1466. Rachel Vineyard retreats are for anyone hurting from the spiritual and emotional pain of an abortion. The weekend will help you experience the compassion of God, grieve your loss, and forgive yourself and others. Held in Immaculata, PA (near Malvern, PA) on May 16, 17, & 18, 2008. Call (215) 906-6337 or (610) 399-0890. All contacts are confidential.
The “Can Do Shops” of Don Guanella and Divine Providence Village is looking for businesses who need packaging, and/or assembly work completed at significant savings in their production costs and at a high quality of work. The workshops employ men and women with intellectual or developmental disabilities who can significantly help your “bottom line” costs while providing productive daytime employment opportunities for the men and women attending these workshops. Please call Wayne Zackey, Director of Day Programs at (484) 908-6597.
Knitters for a Cause Those of you who have finished helmet liners for our soldiers in the Middle East may drop them off at St. Dorothy’s Rectory between 9 and noon and between 1 and 4 PM weekdays. When enough are collected they will be shipped to Iraq & Afghanistan. Thank you for your generous response. Any questions call Babs Boyle at (610) 626-1620.
St. Francis of Assisi Bereavement Team invites you to join them on the fourth Thursday of each month (March-May), from 7:30 to 9 PM, in the church library for an informal group discussion. Each month there will be a brief talk followed by an open discussion.
MARRIAGE HELP Retrouvaille Marriage Program is a program for stressed or broken marriages. If your marriage is tearing you apart, and there is little or no meaningful communication, then Retrouvaille may be able to help you. Please visit our web site at www.retrouvaille.org or call 1-800-470-2230 for more information.
“Food for the Needy” is the second Sunday of each month. Your donations may be dropped off at the boxes at the church entrances at any time during the month. As unemployment increases our needs continue to grow. Your donations of non-perishable food are greatly appreciated by our families. Thank you for responding to Christ’s call “to feed the hungry”.
CATHOLIC SOCIAL SERVICES BABY CUPBOARD – Thursdays, 9:15 to 11:45 AM and on Thursdays, all day in our CSS Chester Office, 130 E. 7th Street, Chester. We may be able to help with needed baby items. Come see us before your baby is born for your newborn gift package. For more in formation call (610) 626-6550.
SCRIP SCHEDULE Scrip for Acme, Shop Rite, and Giant is available at the Rectory from Tuesday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 12 PM and 1 to 4 PM. .
AID FOR FRIENDS Aid for Friends is in need of volunteers to help deliver food to the shut-ins in the Delaware County area. If you are available to deliver food on a weekly basis and spend about an hour with a homebound client please contact Mrs. Maria Lynch @ (610) 543-3835. Your participation in this worthwhile cause would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
FEED THE HUNGRY COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECT We are looking for volunteers to participate in our “Feed the Hungry” community outreach program. This involves picking up day-old bread donated by the Pathmark supermarket in Broomall and delivering it to one of four food bank locations in Delaware County and Philadelphia, either on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. The amount of time required to complete this act of charity is approximately 1 hour. If you would like to share in Jesus’ invitation to “Feed the Hungry”, call or e-mail St. Dorothy’s Parish Nurse Ministry at (610) 789-9914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food for the Needy is the second Sunday of each month. Your donations may be dropped off at the boxes at the Church entrances at any time during the month. As unemployment increases our needs continue to grow. Your donations of non-perishable food are greatly appreciated by our families. Thank you for responding to Christ’s call “to feed the hungry”.