A Sign of the Times – Catholic Charities and Blessed Sacrament Parish Maintains Strong Partnership
The new sign at the Catholic Charities office of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Cocoa advertises the strong partnership the parish has developed with the social service agency.
The partnership is fairly new; as the Catholic Charities outreach office started providing social services such as emergency financial assistance, a food pantry, crisis pregnancy services, counseling and adoption services in July of 2011. (READ MORE)
Catholic School in the Diocese of Orlando Collects Change for Change
In a letter sent to Catholic School Principals last month, Catholic Charities of Central Florida’s Refugee Resettlement Program, proposed a Lenten project to the group of education ministers; hoping to engage them in this almsgiving opportunity for their youth.
The Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement program rolled out the project, “Change for Change,” just prior to Lent last year. Jennifer Heneghan, Principal at All Souls Catholic School, said her school participated last year and will do so again this year. (READ MORE)
Catholic Charities Carries out their Mission through Parish Partnerships
The Regenerations Resale Shop in downtown Winter Haven has been a ministry of St. Matthew Parish for over 12 years, selling everything from gently used toys, jewelry, clothing, appliances, and other affordable items that local residents can use. Over the years the inventory at the volunteer-run Regenerations expanded so much that the parish moved over to a former historic Publix grocery store to accommodate all of the donated items.
About three years ago, St. Matthew Parish started sharing space at Regenerations with Catholic Charities of Central Florida in Polk County. The idea of offering a portion of the Regenerations Resale Shop to Catholic Charities of Central Florida in downtown Winter Haven grew out of St. Matthew’s mission, explained Marty Dunn, Minister of Stewardship at the parish. “To live the Gospel through prayer in action,” said Dunn. (READ MORE)