SERVING THE WORLD IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Our Outreach Committee leads our efforts to serve those in need far away and close to home. We offer many opportunities for parishioners to become engaged in concrete and hands-on ways. Our mission priorities in the past couple of years have focused on year-long activities at Long Creek Youth Development Center in Portland, and a November 2013 mission to Haiti to teach and mentor Haitian students at the Institut Univers (COCINA).
Long Creek Youth Development Center to find ways to help the young people who are incarcerated at the facility. Long Creek is the state’s major facility for youth who have either been convicted of a crime or are awaiting trial or community placement. It houses both young men and women who are arrested before they turn eighteen years of age.
S. Mary’s has worked with and supported Long Creek for decades, volunteering and providing cakes each month so that the kids can enjoy a birthday celebration. Additionally, two members of the Parish have served on the board of the Friends of Long Creek. In 2012, S. Mary deepened that relationship by entering into formal sponsorship of “Maple Unit” within Long Creek, organizing events and visits for tutoring, mentoring and serving as adult role-models. We also directed the proceeds from our March 2013 book sale to the Friends of Long Creek. Please contact the office if you are interested in joining this project.
We focus on Haiti, specifically the Institut Univers and COCINA in Ouanaminth, Haiti to which three parishioners have traveled to teach and mentor students in November 2011 and 2013. Fellow parishioners are called to participate through prayer, education and other forms of support as we build this mission’s foundation.
In addition to the current focus on Long Creek and Haiti, the Outreach Committee organizes and promotes service opportunities each month for all parishioners at:
St. Elizabeth’s Essential Needs Pantry in Portland where parishioners serve as “the hands of Christ” on the 4th Tuesday of each month from 9-11, distributing non-food essentials to the most needy among us.
The Preble Street Resource Center were parishioners help feed the most hungry of our neighbors’ lunch on the 4th Sunday of every month.
S. Mary’s “Souper Supper” where parishioners nourish both bodies and spirits of our friends and neighbors in search of physical and social sustenance on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 5-7 pm.
You are warmly invited to join your fellow parishioners as we join together to live the tenets of our faith by participating in any of these endeavors, and the Outreach Committee welcomes your suggestions for future mission opportunities.