Working with Saint Mary of the Lake and Saint Thomas of Canterbury 2017

Charitable Best Practices

Many parishioners either run their own business or are aligned with business corporations in which they pursue best practices to achieve the greatest results. In that endeavor, many of us know that alignment of an organization’s strategies helps to optimize results. The same is true of our charitable works.

The Church has always sought to empower the work of charity and the Social Concerns Commission of Saint Andrew has been working the past year and a half to organize our parishes’ charitable efforts so that they are streamlined and clear.

The Commission has identified international, national, regional, and local charities with whom we will seek to focus our charitable efforts. We already know that focusing our international efforts with our sister parish in Uganda through our relationship with Fr. Matthias is the best way to have the biggest impact. We are hoping to do the same with our local charitable efforts too.

We are hoping to do the same with our local efforts. The Social Concerns Commission has advised the pastoral staff to focus our local charitable work on projects related to the needs of Saint Mary of the Lake and Saint Thomas of Canterbury. Together, the food pantry, soup kitchen, and school are serving hundreds of refugee families that we as a parish have already begun to support through food drives and the Giving Tree. We are seeking to focus more directly on their needs in the future.

It doesn’t mean that we will not support other local charitable efforts, but the primary focus for us through special collections, social concern, and even Greater Chicago Food Depository food credits will be directed towards Saint Mary of the Lake and Saint Thomas of Canterbury.

This makes sense on a number of levels. For one, they share the same Catholic heritage as we do. For another, they are organized through the Saint Vincent DePaul Society, which is a known and reputable resource for caring for those in need. Finally, we have a relationship with them through previous work and meetings with their organizer, Deacon Paul Spalla, so we know personally that every dollar we send in support is being used to directly support persons with food, clothing, and shelter sacristy.

This summer, we are looking to support additional food drives for items and needs they have requested. By focusing our efforts with them, we hope to have a greater impact on our collective abilities.

Jewel Card Collection

Our first summer collection for Saint Mary of the Lake and St. Thomas of Canterbury Food Pantry will take place on the weekend of June 17 & 18, 2017.

What: Raise $1,000 worth of Jewel Gift Cards for local refugee families – That’s a total of forty $25 gift cards.
How: When you order your Drew’s Dollars for this month, indicate that you want a $25 card to be given to SML Collection or place your donation in the envelopes provided in the June 10/11 bulletin and return the envelope to the rectory or place in the collection basket. You can also make a donation online through Give Central.
When: Please submit all donations by June 19, 2017.
Who will benefit: At the Saint Mary of the Lake Food Pantry. In the pantry, there isn’t room for all the sizes of diapers needed, so the Food Pantry provides gift cards to Jewel for the families to purchase diapers. They are given one card and can receive another card only after they bring the receipt back from their previous purchase.

Let’s see if we can help the clients of the Saint Mary of the Lake Food Pantry by providing forty gift cards! In addition, since we will buy the gift cards through Drew’s Dollars, we will be giving 3% of that gift back to support Saint Andrew Parish. This is certainly a way that we will end up having the best possible impact that we can.

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