OLH Parishioners Answer the Call
When the Social Justice and Peace Commission organized a drive for residents and clients of Hope House, just before Lent, the response was inspiring. By supplying them with paper products, household cleaning products and laundry detergent, parishioners not only met an immediate need,but extended the parish’s hospitality. Parishioners let them see – feel – the support of their neighbors. The goods are so important. The welcoming and moral support are priceless.
From Martha Stein, Executive Director of Hope Acts and Hope House: “Thank you so, so much for the wonderful gifts from Our Lady of Hope Parishioners. Every single item, plus financial donations will go directly to our asylum seeker residents and families in the community. And there were so many food gift cards!! fabulous! Thank you for your incredible generosity and support.”
All in all, parishioners donated 4 FULL carloads of product and just over $1,000 in gift cards and funds.
As a Jesuit ministry, we embrace the four Universal Apostolic Preferences, one of which is Walking with the Excluded. We read from the global Jesuits website that Walking with the Excluded means to “walk with the poor, the outcasts of the world, those whose dignity has been violated, in a mission of reconciliation and justice. In all our work, we want to unite people where they are separated, to heal them where they are wounded. We want to work collaboratively in this field hospital of our world, witnessing to a faith that promotes reconciliation based on justice. We want to bring hope to our world, to imagine new roads and to walk these roads to the end.”
Our Lady of Hope Parish is putting our faith into action.