“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. As a way to experience and grow in this way of living out our faith, we ask that each Confirmation family completes at least one service project of fours hours or more (consecutive hours or separate times). Each teen then needs to complete a Service Reflection about their experience and turn it in at least one month before Confirmation Day (or sooner–no need to wait!). We highly recommend that teens complete this reflection right after finishing their time of service so that it’s fresh in their minds.
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. It is our hope that each household will be generous and find a good match for their interests and their calling from God, who showed us that loving your neighbor is essential.
This page will be continuously updated to reflect current and new opportunities. As we continue to develop this page, we hope to add a weekend mission project, the “Get on the Bus” campaign, the St. Joseph’s Table, and more! We welcome your suggestions for innovative opportunities to serve others.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.” – Mother Teresa
In early Fall, we outline our upcoming Mission Trips. We aim to have three opportunities:
- A Middle School Domestic Mission – local, for those going into 6th grade, 7th grade, and beyond
- A Younger High School Domestic Mission – for those going into 8th grade, 9th grade, and beyond
- An Older High School International Mission* – for those going into 10th grade and beyond
*This trip will be a domestic mission for 2022. We hope to resume international missions in 2023.
Union Station: Due to COVID, we are currently making a monthly monetary contribution to help feed their clients.
Union Station is a homeless shelter and soup kitchen located in Pasadena near the humane society. Normally on the first Thursday of each month, teens gather next door in the St Joseph’s kitchen to make dinner. The teens bring the ingredients used to cook. While dinner is in the oven, we talk a little about homelessness and hunger. Then we leave together for Union Station. There we serve dinner to the 50-60 homelessness who will be living in the shelter that night. As soon as it is deemed safe we will continue with this service program. Once we resume the cooking and serving, use the link below to sign up to participate (to both bring ingredients AND help cook and serve).
St. Francis Center: As soon as it is deemed safe, we will resume this service.
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. The center is located just west of LA Live (about eight blocks away), where many homeless people gather. There are opportunities all the time! Visit this link and volunteer as a family: https://www.stfranciscenterla.org/volunteers/ There are several Holy Family parishioners who dedicate time and talent to the St. Francis Center, including William Griggs and Jay Krueger. Deacon Jay is 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 email@example.com
Holy Family Giving Bank: Here at Holy Family’s St. Joseph Center we have the Giving Bank. 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, the Giving Bank is a vibrant, communal space here to help those who are without basic necessities to get through the day. For more information about the Giving Bank and how you can help, please contact our Director of Community Services, Marlene Moore, at 626-403-6140 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.“ Dr. Seuss
Children’s Hunger Fund (Christian organization)
Elizabeth House (Christian Organization)
“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