By this love you have for one another, everyone will know you are my disciples” — John 13.35
210 St. Amelia Drive
Tonawanda, New York 14150
The Parish Outreach Program is a cornerstone in the building of a Parish Community of people who care for, support, encourage, challenge and affirm one another as concerned and caring neighbors
Welcome to St. Amelia Outreach. Our goal is to provide various services to our parish community. We are comprised of over 100 volunteers who give their time, talent and helping hands and hearts to reach out to those in need. They are dedicated, generous, dependable, willing to listen, and to all of them we are very grateful, for we could not help so many in need without them
Volunteers help others in a variety of services:
- Baby and Kids closet: Volunteers sort the baby and kids clothes we receive. These clothes are available for the families who have indicated their need for assistance.
- Transportation: take parishioners to doctor, hospital and other appointments.
- Visitation: some will visit our parishioners in the hospital, nursing homes, and the homebound.
- Eucharistic Ministers to the sick: we have trained Eucharistic Ministers to the Sick who will bring the Eucharist to the ill or home-bound on weekends or weekdays and visit for a short time.
- Bereavements: We strive to provide comfort for a family at the time of death. Memorial books and cards are sent to the family of the deceased. We remember to pray for them especially during our All Soul’s Liturgy. If the family wishes, volunteers may sit 1 to 1-1/2 hours or less at the home of the deceased during the wake and/or funeral.
- Ministry of Praise: this is a group of people who receive a monthly letter containing spiritual readings and reflections for those willing to pray for the Parish and its needs. It is done in their homes at their convenience. To be added to the mailing list, please contact the Outreach Office at 832-2542.
- Prayer Shawl Ministry The Knitting ministry has been part of our outreach program for many years. Now we would like to have an opportunity to gather with those who enjoy knitting or crocheting and make prayer shawls. Members of the Prayer Shawl ministry will gather monthly to knit or crochet prayer shawls for those facing a crisis, lengthy illness, or difficulty in life. Recipients are prayed for at each meeting and receive a prayer card along with their shawl. If you like to knit or crochet, join us on the third Thursday of each month from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm, in the outreach office. If interested, please contact Karen Biesinger at 836-5574.
- Office Staff: Our secretaries perform a variety of clerical duties including answering the phone once a week for 2 to 3 hrs. We have about 30 office staff including substitutes. They address cards once a month to our nursing home parishioners. At Christmas and Easter, they also address cards to over 100 homebound parishioners. We have various volunteers who come regularly to the office to sort and pack clothing and household items for the many agencies we assist such as City Mission, Cornerstone Ministries, Ladies of Charity, Vive LaCasa, Harvest House, Terrance View Long Term Care Facility, WNY Veterans Housing Coalition, Inc. and the SPCA. We also pack summer clothing, towels, linens, shoes and various items for the people of Nicaragua. For this project, we have drivers that take the boxes to Ann Marie Zon on Transit Road in East Amherst where they are transferred to containers to be shipped to Nicaragua. Calls for food are directed to our St. Vincent de Paul Society.Everyone is always welcome to stop in the office, have a cup of tea or coffee and visit. Some volunteers stop in and help out by trimming our cancelled stamps that are collected for the missions. They also cut circles from used greeting cards to be made into placemats for the holidays (Easter and Christmas) to be delivered to our homebound and nursing home patients. We almost always have some kind of project that we’re working on.
As you’re searching the web and want to do something that really makes you feel good, consider stopping in to 210 St. Amelia Drive at the Outreach office and see what we’re about. We are always in need of more volunteers to help us to do God’s work which is never ending
Contact Kathy Waite at the office (832-2542) for additional information or to sign up to share your talents to those in need.