Homeless Jesus HereSt. Edward the Confessor parish is dedicated to becoming a “House of the Poor,” meaning that we have as our mission and vision to become what Jesus asked of all followers: to serve the needy among us.

That may mean making a missionary pilgrimage to a faraway place or it may mean being a servant to someone right in your family. In either case, when we take on the mind of Christ as a true disciple, the world looks like a different place. It is a world in need of our loving embrace.

Here are some of the ways you can take steps to enter more fully into this vision:

Upcoming Events/Opportunities to serve or help others for 2016-17

Family Assistance Ministries 2nd Saturday Food Distribution 8 am—11 am: Nov 12, Jan. 14 , Mar. 11, & May 13

Concern America Crafts Sale: November 12 & 13: Support those working for a living wage in developing countries
Welcome Inn Clothing Drive  –  December 3 & 4:  collecting Jackets and sleeping bags for the homeless.
St. Vincent de Paul Gift Cards –December 3 thru 10: St. Vincent de Paul will be collecting gift cards for the poor and homeless. Take an envelope from the Christmas tree in the back of church and return it to the parish office a gift card.
Good Solves, No Holes Shoe Drive – January 22 -Outlet, our middle school youth ministry, will be collecting gently used shoes to send to the Philippines where many children and adults have no shoes at all.
Kids Around the World – March 12 –  our annual food packing event – parish school gym.

Other On-Going Ministries to the Poor:

FAM MINISTRY: Come join us on a compelling new venture to offer those who yearn for a more fulfilling and dignified life. As this year comes to an end and a New Year begins, are you looking for a way to make a life changing difference for those who are suffering right here in our community? In keeping with the theme of “House of the Poor”, we are very excited about a pilot program, which will commence early next year. St. Edward’s parish is entering into this program with Family Assistance Ministries (FAM), in San Clemente. FAM is a faith-based, nonprofit organization that has a long record of successfully aiding the poor, feeding the hungry, and sheltering the homeless in this area. Over the past few years outreach services to the poor and homeless have taken on a new dynamic. Technology has provided instant access to a wide range of resources and has enhanced case managers’ ability to provide long-term care and planning to aid those who seek a path out of poverty. FAM Is linked to many databases throughout Orange County and the state that gives them the ability to seek long-term solutions. Their goal is to offer personalized supportive counseling to aid clients in bridging the gap from dependency to self-sufficiency. This partnership will augment St. Edward’s Christian Services and the Saint Vincent de Paul ministries. For many years, dedicated and compassionate volunteers have administered these ministries. Their focus has been and will continue be to offer emergency assistance. They have done a remarkable job of providing
food, rental assistance, hotel rooms and many other services when desperate people had nowhere else to go. This new partnership with FAM will now add another level of assistance, which up to now, was not available.
We are seeking 12 parish volunteers who are willing to serve twice a month for a 3-hour shift. It will be held at our San Felipe de Jesus Chapel midday every Friday. San Felipe was selected because it is more accessible via the OCTA bus lines, it is walking distance to some of our poorest neighborhoods and readily available to the homeless of our community. Commencing in January, FAM will provide orientation for those who want to be case managers and/or assist in distributing food and clothing. Based on the response we receive, we hope to begin serving “the least among us” by February. If this is something you would like to be a part of, or want more information, please email our program –volunteer coordinator, Jane Galligani at janegalli@yahoo.com.
–Deacon Al Scaduto

Visit our Homeless Jesus sculpture (located near the front sidewalk on the grass) and pray for all who are marginalized around the world.

Donate to our Christian Service Office – they are always in need of canned, non-perishable food and/or donations. Our Food Pantry is open: Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.and Fridays from 9:30 a.m.—12:30 p.m.

Get involved with our Middle School Service-Based Faith Formation – contact Judy Mastracchio for details: jmastracchio@stedward.com

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