Service Opportunities

July 24, 2013

“Let us not grow tired of doing good, for in due time we shall reap our harvest, if we do not give up. So then, while we have the opportunity, let us do good to all.”   Galatians 6:9-10a.

Serving others is one way that we can put our faith into action. The opportunities to serve in our community are endless. The numerous ministries at Holy Family Church and the needs of our local communities provide various options for candidates and their families to find meaningful ways to serve together.

This page will be changing to be constantly offering new opportunities. During the second session of the first year, our families will learn about the two feet of Christian service. After that session will be a good time to make a decision about your service involvement.  Some families have embraced  this concept long before entering the Confirmation  process.  It is our hope that each household will be generous and find a good match for their interests and their calling from our God, who showed us that loving your neighbor is paramount.

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”   Mother Teresa

There will be a Service Reflection due one month before Confirmation.

Mission Trips 2019
In early Fall we outline our upcoming Mission Trips.  We attempt to have three opportunities:

For Middle Schoolers  (going into 6th or 7 grade or older) a local domestic Mission, This year to Colorado

For Younger High Schoolers  (going into 8th or 9 grade or older) a domestic Mission, This year to Washington

For Older High Schoolers  (going into 10th grade or older) an international  Mission, This year to Costa Rica

Click here for all the information

ONGOING

Union Station:  In Pasadena, near the humane society is a homeless shelter and soup kitchen.  On the first Thursday of each month teens gather next door in the St Joseph’s kitchen to make dinner.  The teens bring the foodstuff we use to make the dinner.  After dinner is cooking we talk a little about homelessness and hunger.  Then off the Union Station.  There we serve dinner to the 50-60m homelessness who will be living in the shelter that night.  To volunteer click here.

St. Francis Center:  The mission of St. Francis Center is to serve homeless and near homeless families and individuals in the undeserved neighborhoods of Greater Los Angeles in the manner of St. Francis of Assisi.  St. Francis center is located just west of  LA Live (about eight blocks), where many homeless people gather.  There are opportunities all the time.  Visit this link and volunteer as a family!  http://sfcla.org/volunteer.htm   There are several Holy Family parishioners who dedicate time and talent to the St. Francis center including Karl Holtsnider, William Griggs and Jay Krueger.  Jay would be willing to escort you to St.  Francis Center when he goes on the second and fourth Saturday of the month.  You may contact Jay at:  jaykrueger@hardrockers.com

St. Joseph’s Center: Here at Holy Family is the St. Joseph’s Center. It’s a place that utilizes its various connections and overall space to help our brothers and sisters on the street. Whether it be food, clothing, or the weekly showers offered by the organization Shower of Hope (http://theshowerofhope.org/), St. Joseph’s is a vibrant, communal space here to help those who are without the basic necessities to get through the day. It is ran by Marlene Moore, Director of Community Services. For further information on what’s going on at St. Joseph’s and how you can help contact her at 626-403-6140 or  at marlenemoore@holyfamily.org.

 

September through May

Holy Family Toddler Coop: Do you love toddlers?  If yes, the Toddler Coop is looking for young people to join in the fun on Sunday mornings.  Training and direction for the ongoing ministry is from the Religious Education Office .

Go here for further details: mcolburn@holyfamily.org

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.  Dr. Seuss

As we continue to develop  this page, we hope to add, a weekend mission project, Get on the Bus campaign, St. Joseph’s Table and the list goes on and on.  We welcome your suggestions and innovative opportunities to serve others.

“I hope you will judge yourselves not on your professional accomplishments alone, but also on how well you have addressed the world’s deepest inequities…on how well you treated people a world away who have nothing in common with you but your humanity.  Bill Gates

Generation On: http://www.generationon.org/

Do Something: http://www.dosomething.org/

Youth Service America: http://www.ysa.org/

Children’s Hunger Fund: http://www.chfus.org/ (Christian organization)

Elizabeth House: http://elizabethhouse.net/  (Christian Organization)

Pasadena Humane Society: http://www.pasadenahumane.org