Outreach Ministries

Social Justice Committee

For more information go to the Social Justice Webpage

Local Service

The parish and school communities at St. Catherine of Siena are committed to service in our local community.

  • Sandwiches for St. Frances House
  • Teen Feed:  Every other month St. Catherine teens, along with church members from Wallingford Methodist, help cook and serve dinner to ~60 homeless and street involved youth between the ages of 13-25.

 

Service Immersion Programs

  • Our Middle School students volunteer with the AGAPE program each summer, building relationship with and learning more about the migrant farm worker community.  
  • Esperanza is a summer immersion experience for our high school youth.  Potential opportunities include working with Esperanza International building homes in Mexico

 

 

St. Vincent de Paul

President:  John McDermott
The St. Vincent de Paul ministry provides compassion, food and other support to families in our parish area through home visits to those in need. We always conduct home visits in teams of 2 and we meet twice a month to discuss our home visits and other conference activities. We also deliver food baskets and gifts from our giving tree to families at the Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter holidays.

For more information go to the St. Vincent de Paul page

If someone is in need, have them call the St. Vincent dePaul referral line at 206-767-6449

 

Volunteer Chore Ministry

Mary Solack (206) 365-2892
This group is trained and supervised by Catholic Community Services to provide assistance to individuals to help them maintain life in their own home. VCS serves the elderly and adults living with disabilities. Time commitment is what ever you can give— 2 hours a month, 4 hours a month. Catholic Community Services will match your time availability to the needs of the client. There are no meetings. Training is one hour of orientation and a background check will be done. Duties include: housework, companionship, driving to appointments, shopping, and yard work.

 

WestSide Baby

See WestSide Baby’s website.

St. Catherine of Siena Parish and St. Catherine’s School supported local children in need for many years through St Joseph’s Baby Corner.  In the summer of 2014, the legacy of the Baby Corner was carried forward through a partnership and merger into WestSide Baby.   For 15 years, WestSide Baby has been collecting essentials for babies and children up to size 12. Items are distributed free of charge to King County families in need in partnership with 127 established agencies.

Serving families who are homeless, in transitional housing, living below the federal poverty line or simply in need of a little help during a difficult time, WestSide Baby add the expertise of collecting and processing the items families need to thrive when struggling.

In 2014 WestSide Baby distributed $2,107,332 worth of donated diapers, strollers, clothes and equipment to families in need. The most popular items distributed include diapers and hygiene items (which aren’t covered by any assistance programs such as SNAP or WIC), strollers, car seats, cribs and clothing up to age 12. With every clothing bag we include a toy and a book.

There are many ways in which you can help:

Volunteer:WestSide Baby has space to host large groups, as well as regular weekday slots for dedicated volunteers and weekly opportunities for high schoolers.

You can volunteer at either the  Central Branch location at 23rd and Jackson or our White Center Location. 

Donate at Church: Donations of lightly used clothing from birth to size 12, safety equipment such as usable car seats and portable cribs can all be placed in the collection crib, along with diapers (size 6 preferred) and kids hygiene items.  Items will then be delivered by St. Catherine’s own dedicated Crib Coordinator, John Flaa.

Host a Drive:If you’d like to do more you could host a diaper or clothing and equipment drive at your school, home, church or work.

Find out more – go to www.westsidebaby.org or Contact John Flaa  johnflaa@msn.com and (206) 334-5892 or WSB Board Member, Laurie Pinard  laurieapinard@gmail.com and  (206)552-4215) or WSB Volunteer Manager, Shana Allen shana@westsidebaby.org or (206) 686-3110

 

Helpful Links to Social Justice Sites

Catholic Relief Services -  CRS is the offical international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community.  They provide assistance to people in need in more then 100 counties as well as being committed to advocacy and education.

Justice for Immigrants – educational site devoted to raising awareness about the issue of immigration in light of the Catholic Faith.

Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center – The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center promotes just structures in the church and in the world. IPJC is sponsored by sixteen religious communities and collaborates with Catholic, ecumenical, interfaith and other organizations in carrying out this mission.

Catholic Campaign for Human Development -  The Catholic Campaign for Human Development is the domestic anti-poverty, social justice program of the U.S. Catholic bishops.

 

Local Service Opportunities… just to name a few

Noel House – Homeless Women’s shelter supported by Catholic Community Services.

Food Helpline -  Food Bank on Lake City Way

Blessed Sacrament Food Bank -  Soup Kitchen and Food Bank, Open Sunday

Cedar River Watershed -  restoring natural habitat and protecting our watersupply.

Compass Center – The Compass Center serves homeless and low-income men and women over 18 years of age, a vulnerable and underserved population in Seattle and King County.

Providence Hospitality House -  helping mothers with children in crisis

Jubilee Women’s Center – transistional housing for women

 

Archdiocese of Seattle

Missions Office

Find out more about the Archdiocesan MISSIONS OFFICE.  There is a link below to their webpage.   They connect you to communities around the world, and the work of Catholic Relief Services.  They provide opportunities to you  for news and/or service to communities in need.  

"We too ... are called to make compassion, love, mercy and solidarity a true way of life,

a rule of conduct in our relationships with one another. This requires the conversion of

our hearts: the grace of God has to turn our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh,

open to others in authentic solidarity."

- Pope Francis, World Day of Peace Message, January 2016

 

Archdiocese of Seattle Mission Offices Webpage

Mission Office Good News Newsletter

 

 
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