St. Vincent de Paul Ministry

 

The volunteers of the St. Vincent de Paul Society are definitely the “givers” of our community who joyfully assist in the mission of serving less fortunate individuals and families around us with love, respect, and justice.

For persons in need of food on the south side of the City St. Vincent de Paul distributes food hampers from St. Agnes Church lobby Friday mornings between 9am and 10:30am.

Recipients need to bring proof of address and government issued picture identification for all members of the household, as well as heavy bags to carry food home.  Those requiring assistance are eligible to receive one hamper of food every two months.

Each month volunteers from St. Agnes Church prepare and distribute approximately 100 food hampers to those in need.  Some donations of food come from parishioners of St. Agnes and other churches and from the Regional Food Distribution Associaton (RFDA).  At St. Agnes Church, Hamper Sundays are held on the third Sunday of each month to encourage food donations but much appreciated donations can also be dropped off at any time into the wooden food chest in the St. Agnes Church lobby.

If you are interested in learning more about the St. Vincent de Paul Society, please visit the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Ontario Regional Council by clicking here.

Contact:          Mandy Fricot  -  577-9472  -  mfricot@shaw.ca

 

Refugee Committee

 

 Our committee works with the Diocese and the Parish in sponsoring qualified refugees to come to Canada. We provide support to the refugees before and after they arrive in Canada with the help of a Sponsorship Agreement Holder (Diocese). Once in Canada we help the refugees find housing, English training, help them learn about Canadian culture and values, provide emotional support, find them jobs and also educate them about other services available to them in the city.

We pay for housing, food, medical expenses, personal products and more for 1 year after they arrive. This is possible because of the generous financial support of our parishioners. Even after the year ends we continue to support our families in their quest to become Canadian citizens.

Contact:   

Karen O’Connor - 475-3570 - jimmyoo@shaw.ca

Joe Raynak - 623-5406 - jraynak@shaw.ca

 

Hogarth Riverview Manor  and Pinewood Court Communion Services

 

Services are held once a week at both long term care homes during the months of September through June.  Pinewood Court services are held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. and Hogarth Riverview services are Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.  The exception is once each month when Fr. James conducts the service on the 4th Tuesday of the month at Hogarth  and on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at Pinewood.  On occasion, Sacrament of the Sick is also held.

A team of approximately 10 volunteers set up and conduct the weekly services, gathering up anywhere from 15 to 40 residents from their rooms and bringing them to the building’s worship area, assisting them with participation in the service, and returning them to their rooms following the service.

These communion services are greatly appreciated by the long term care Catholic residents, although any resident is welcome to participate.  At Hogarth Riverview, the average attendance is 40 residents and at Pinewood Court the attendance is 15 to 25 residents.

Contact:

Sharon Bukovy re Hogarth Riverview  -  623-3024  -  amigo22@tbaytel.net

Bev Proctor re  Pinewood Court  -  622-6569  -  begrou@tbaytel.net

 

Kenyan Outreach Mission

 

At the beginning of 2012, St. Agnes' Church formed the Kenyan Outreach Mission.   This Mission involved the construction of a girls secondary school called St. Mary Goretti Shikoti Girls School in the Western Province of Kenya, Africa.

Building this school helps the orphaned children of Kakamega to stay in school and also gives young Kenyan girls a better and brighter future.

Nine people travelled to Kenya in June of 2013 to share each other’s faith, help in the classrooms, and assist in building a new dormitory for the Form One (grade nine) girls.  A picture of architectural plans for the new building as well as two maps of Kenya are shown at the bottom of this article.

If you would like to make a donation to this Mission, please contact the Parish Office or place your donation in the collection basket during Mass in an envelope marked "Kenyan Mission".

      

St. Agnes Parish
1019 Brown Street Thunder Bay, ON
P7E 2L7

Office Hours:

Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

P | 807 475.7489

F | 807 577 8820

E | st.agnes@shaw.ca

 

 

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