The faithful have always been called upon to help each other through direct aid and by advancing the work of the Church through the sharing of their treasure. Here are some recent ways such love of neighbor is evidenced in our own community:
- The Parishioner Crisis Assistance Program (PCAP) is available for parishioners who may find themselves struggling due to Covid-19. Thanks to so many generous individuals who have contributed, and with an additional $5,000 grant offered by our diocesan Catholic Community Foundation, Saint Patrick Parish is able to offer this assistance. We realize that many of those who are the first to think of helping others may now find themselves in a challenging position, especially as the pandemic continues. However, bills and other expenses may be adding up and can become overwhelming for some households. The process for making a confidential request for help is simple: any parishioner may contact Fr. Gurnick at the rectory (216-631-6872) to share your need. With the assistance of a couple of caring and trusting individuals, we’ll be honored to assist.
- On Giving Tuesday, December 1, Saint Patrick Parish raised $4,855, thanks to the support of our WeGiveCatholic campaign by parishioners and friends. These funds will be used for our parish communications work and community outreach services that keep everyone engaged during these pandemic times. We extend a very grateful “thank you” for your generous help.
- Folks in our neighborhood who may need assistance to meet their daily needs are invited to contact our parish Saint Vincent de Paul Society. Through support of fundraising initiatives such as Blanket Sunday and the annual Thanksgiving appeal, parishioners and friends of Saint Patrick help those in need throughout the year. Thanks for your continued support to SVdP.
- We also promote efforts by other organizations working to address need within our parish boundaries. An example: the SocksPLUS initiative of Community West Foundation is focused on meeting one basic need of our unhoused brothers and sisters. People in our community who are living with homelessness consistently report that the one item they most lack is clean, warm socks. Over the years, Saint Patrick parishioners have responded by donating hundreds of pairs of socks that have been distributed by beneficiaries of our Charity-of-the-Month drives. This year, your support of SocksPLUS will help CWF supply new socks as well as underwear, toiletries, gloves and hats, backpacks, sleeping bags and tents.