“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”
At St. David’s…
…we are involved in many acts of reaching out; clearly extending services/activities beyond the “usual” limit. Examples abound. We rent space to community groups at below-market rates; we provide meals to groups that are in need; we provide clothing and sundry items for those in need; we bring religious services to the shut-ins; we help provide needed gifts to local and international communities in need; we provide support services to families at risk.
That’s a lot of giving, a lot of providing, a lot of “reaching out” or “extending” as old man Webster would say. But is it all a one-way street? No, in reality, we receive far more by giving. Webster may have his definition but St. David’s view is that we “get when we give”, we share our time, our talent and our treasure to the less fortunate and in return we receive a satisfaction in knowing that others are better off for our activities.
If you have ever served a meal at the St. Paul’s Shelter for the homeless or provided a religious service for the aged shut-ins or assisted the developmentally disabled crew at Willing Hands, you understand the “getting” aspect of Outreach.
Every Sunday is Food Pantry Sunday! Please bring non-perishable food items, toiletries and paper products for the Community Food Pantry to help our neighbors in need. Parishioners collect and deliver donations to the Food Pantry every week. Current requirements are always listed in ‘This Week at St. David’s’. Grocery gift cards are also welcome.
Parishioners go to Merry Heart Retirement facility in Boonton Township at 11:00 am on the fourth Sunday of the month, bringing music and ministry. A regular scheduled stop for Caroling during Advent! Please click to go to Merry Heart page.
Willing Hands is a work-based community of young adults with a variety of developmental problems. It was set up by St. David’s and meets in the Parish Hall every weekday. For further information, please visit the Willing Hands website.
St. David’s supports the Diocesan North Porch mission to mothers and babies, collecting essential supplies and bringing them at regular intervals to the shelter. For further information, please visit the North Porch website.
Diocesan Prison Ministry
Another popular Outreach mission is the Christmas collection of toys for prisoners to give to their children. We also support a summer camp program. If anyone wishes to make a donation to the Prison Ministry for the campers, please drop off a check at the Parish Office. The check should be made payable to Prison Ministry and write in the information line ‘St David’s Donation’. Thank you for your generous support of this worthwhile cause.
St. Paul’s Shelter for Homeless Men in Paterson
St. David’s cooks and serves a meal to the homeless men living at St. Paul’s Shelter in Paterson on the third Tuesday of every other month, February, April, June, August, October and December. If you would like to contribute a main course, vegetable, salad, dessert, bread and butter or to drive to Paterson and serve the dinner, please contact Joan Molee. For further information, please visit St. Paul’s Shelter website.