Our parish has long had a passion for service. Over the years a variety of outreach ministries have developed at St. Patrick’s, with many different services available throughout the week, from showers to hot meals to groceries. For more information, open one of the pages below:
CHOW: Community Hunger Outreach Warehouse
The CHOW Food Panty is a program run through the Broome County Council of Churches and is hosted at St. Patrick’s. The pantry is open: Mondays from 4pm-6pm & Wed/Fri from 11:30am-1:30pm. Please call the CHOW Office at 772-7898 for a referral.
If you are interested in volunteering at the CHOW Food Pantry, please call the St. Patrick’s Rectory at 607-722-1060.
Faith in Action
Back in 1997, when Msgr. Owens was Pastor, Faith in Action was founded after weeks of discussion, prayer and planning under the guidance of Amy Fleming from the Diocesan Office of Peace and Justice. Originally there were men and women and we met in the Rectory with Father Charles as our Spiritual Advisor.
Early on we engaged in Voter Registration led by Bob Quinn; Raised $1000 to purchase a heifer for Heifer International by selling ‘recipes in a jar’ which many parishioners helped to assemble in the hall. It was a lot of fun and great that we reached our goal. Another project we facilitated was WORK OF HUMAN HANDS at the Craft Fair to aid third world craftsmen earn a fair wage. By this time Sr. Ellen was our spiritual advisor. For many years we alternated between collecting for Mom’s House and Birthright. Now we donate to both of these organizations with the proceeds from our annual fund raiser. Samaritan House Drive was another successful launch with parishioners bringing their household donations to church during the month of September. Now we feel that people bring their items to the Samaritan House location throughout the year. Our members collected after Masses and on their own for CHOW Hunger Walk culminating in the actual walk which was originally held in Endicott from En-Joy Golf Course to North Street and back up Main Street. It changed to Otsiningo Park and then to Binghamton University. We often donated $800 – $900 when this took place in October, but it has now been moved to September and FIA members were reluctant to ask parishioners for monetary donations right after the School Supply Drive. So we also donate to this with money from our fund raiser.
For years we sent monthly birthday greetings, Valentines and Christmas cards to the residents of Renaissance Plaza on Front Street before it closed. We continue to send Valentines and Christmas cards to our parish shut-ins. The Prayer Chain originated in Faith in Action by our member, Pat Glazier, and has grown to more than 56 participants under her leadership and dedication.
Of course the School Supply Drive has been a huge endeavor since 2000 and is still going strong each August. We are so pleased to partner with St. Thomas.
Our largest effort takes place in December when we sell $5.00 chances for the opportunity to win $50 each day in January. There are 1,000 tickets, and would love to sell them all. All of the proceeds are donated to charities locally and internationally (Heifer International). We publish the listing of the recipients the last week of November as we kick off the new year’s campaign at Mass. These tickets have been sold at St. Patrick’s for years and are now also sold at St. Thomas Aquinas. Each of our members sells as many as possible to our contacts outside of our parishes. Shirley McCormack and Mary Normile are in charge of this project.
There are a few who say that FIA doesn’t do anything. However, at our July meeting I asked that question and was told that our members are putting their “faith into action” by volunteering at the Trinity monthly dinners, Showers of Hope, Funeral Luncheons, Lenten Fish Fry. We serve as Sanctuary Helpers, Choir Members, Gardening Angels and volunteers at Catholic Charities, etc. They feel very strongly about this aspect of FIA!
Currently our membership stands at 14 and we would welcome any new members from either parish. We meet on the second Tuesday of the month and have been meeting in the Library at St. Patrick’s School. We also enjoy three annual social events; a picnic in July , a Christmas dinner and a dinner in August at a restaurant.
Please know all are welcome! Call the St. Patrick’s Rectory with your interest. We thank everyone for your support and interest. god bless you all!
St. Patrick’s Sandwich Ministry
Each day the staff of the St. Patrick’s Rectory hand out bagged lunches to the hungry. Volunteers also come to prepare and distribute the lunches. In recent years, the need for this ministry has grown greatly, as many more come to our door for their meal. There are days where over 90 lunches are given out.
We appreciate the generosity of our parishioners who volunteer or donate for this program. For more information on volunteering, please call the rectory at 722-1060
Showers of Hope
A Project of the Outreach Ministries of the Southern Tier
Our parishes operate a mobile shower unit with provides safe facilities for the less-fortunate in our area. Those in need are given a shower, a fresh set of clothes, and a hot meal. We also offer such services a s podiatry, a mobile medical unit, case workers, hairstylists, and others.
Showers run every week throughout the year on Thursdays from 11:30am-1:30pm behind the St. Patrick’s Parish Hall
Let’s Restore Dignity and Self-Worth: Our Story
Pope Francis designed 2016 as the Year of Mercy. At a joint Parish Council meeting of St. Patrick’s and St. Thomas Aquinas during that Year of Mercy, the idea of showers for the homeless came about as a result of Pope Francis constructing a spot in St. Peter’s Square where the homeless were provided with a shower and a haircut. We began to research the idea and found that some cities were offering this service with a mobile unit. The idea of such a unit appealed to us as we could move it to the various locations where there was a need. We introduced the idea to the parishes, which supported it enthusiastically, and we received additional support from the local government agencies and churches of other denominations.
To learn more about Showers of Hope and how you can help, call 607-723-3239, please leave a message and phone number and someone will get back to you.