"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.. . . liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free . . ."– Luke 4:18
Sunday lunch is provided by combined efforts of all Rochester Catholic Parishes. It is held at noon each Sunday at St. Francis of Assisi 's McCarthy Hall. Volunteers usually arrive between 10:30 and 11:00 a.m. and are done by 1:00 p.m. We also need dessert bakers for each time we host. St. John is responsible for the meal about every 6 weeks and some holidays. We usually need about 10 volunteers and families are welcome to serve together!
Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord his God,
who made heaven and earth,
the sea, and all that is in them;
who executes justice for the oppressed;
who gives food to the hungry.
Psalms 146: 5-7
The need for your delicious baked goodies arises for many occasions and groups. Watch for sign-up to bake for specific occasions or add your name to our “bakers” list by calling or emailing the Parish Center. Some of the needs are youth or other special events, Door Ministry, Sunday Lunch, Gift of Life Transplant House, to name a few.
Cookie Baking for Gift of Life for Januray, February and March 2016, watch for sign up.
The Interfaith Hospitality Network of Family Promise Rochester (Minnesota) is a network of volunteers from 49 churches who offer food and shelter to families who find themselves homeless. IHN is a collaboration of faith communities who host families (up to a total of 14 people) in need of emergency shelter at a host church. These families are given shelter, food, transportation and resource counseling while looking for work and housing.
Families are housed at the "host" church, in our case Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 2124 Viola Rd. NE, each evening and go to a Day Center, 811 7th St. NW, jobs or school during the daytime hours. St. John and Our Savior’s Lutheran host 4 times per year for one week at a time. We will be in need of transportation, hosts, meal preparers and overnight hosts. The weekday times are primarily after 4:30 in the evening. It takes around 100 volunteers to cover the week because there needs to be someone available at all times at Redeemer when the guests are there. A volunteer training is required (about 2 hours) to begin working with IHN guests. Trainings are provided free of charge by the IHN staff about once a month hosted by various faith communities. St. John also requires participation in the VIRTUS training before volunteering with IHN.
St. John has opportunities for people to do the following services for our IHN guests:
Thanks to all who responded to the Interfaith Hospitality Network ministry call from Trent Fluegel. We are excited to have new people join our partnership to walk with families in crisis. It is your care that offers support and hope when circumstances seem overwhelming. IHN provides the free training for you to get started as a volunteer. It is a 90 minute training contact Mary firstname.lastname@example.org for dates/locations of training options.
Our next hosting dates at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church are December 20-26, 2015. Put it on your calendar, choose the day that works for you and how you would like to help (overnight, meal preparation/serving, hosting, driving), watch for the reminder or email Mary Vlazny email@example.com to be put on the schedule!
For the process to participate as an IHN volunteer link to next page
Each Tuesday and Thursday mornings, St. John the Evangelist Church provides a “Door Ministry” for people who seek out the church for help in a difficult time or situation. The needs are often related to food, shelter, clothing, transportation, or miscellaneous expenses. We serve up to 14 people on a Tuesday or Thursday morning, each week of the year. A staff member visits with the people seeking help. Volunteers register guests and provide hospitality while people are waiting to visit with our staff member. Volunteers work in pairs to help with this ministry. It is not necessary to be available for every Tuesday or Thursday, but to be part of a rotating group of people who serve in this ministry.
Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement helps many families relocate from desperate conditions in their home countries. Over the years we have helped people from Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, and many countries in Africa (including the Sudan) find new homes in an often strange place and culture. It is because of the people, like you, who know our community that others also come to know and be comfortable in their new home. Kristina Hammell, Director of Catholic Charities refugee-resettlement-program and her team, are seeking our help in being part of an “on-call” list of people to help with needs of refugee families as they arise. You are not expected to be available every time or for every need, but together we can help bring new life to families experiencing the unknowns of a new place. To find out more about this opportunity or to volunteer call Catholic Charities, 287-2047. Click here about volunteering.