Saint Luke Church

     Westport, Connecticut

    Group Outreach

 

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Group, Pro-Life and Social Justice Outreach Activities


 

The Harvest Fair and Christmas Party
for Charity

Many different committees present this wonderful 2-part event in November and December.  The fun starts on November Saturday with a day for the whole family with crafts, games, food, storytelling, music, and much more!  Then, on the first Saturday evening of December, there's a gala cocktail reception with both live and silent auctions.

Proceeds benefit the various parishes and institutions in the East End of Bridgeport with whom we have worked over the years: Bridgeport: Blessed Sacrament Summer Camp, Cancer Survivors Network, and Caroline House (a program to help young mothers learn English and various skills to support their families); Norwalk: Open Door Soup Kitchen and our own Matthew 25 Fund to support our own outreach to the needy.

Want to learn more and become involved in this great project? 
Call Sister Maureen Fleming at 203-222-0478.

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Redirection of Christmas

Prior to Thanksgiving, volunteers assemble lists of of recipient families and their needs and wishes.  We make those lists available to parishioners who then participate by purchasing the gifts.  In mid-December, they receive, wrap and deliver the gifts.

Want to learn more and become involved in this great project? 
Leave a message for Jean Fredricks at the Religious Formation Office,
203-226-0729.

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Habitat for Humanity

Saint Luke Parish is beginning to become involved with this national effort to help provide housing for families of limited financial means.  We hope to grow our involvement as the years go on ideally to the point where we can take on the responsibility for building a home ourselves or in collaboration with other Westport churches & synagogues.

Want to learn more and become involved in this great project? 
Call Sister Maureen Fleming at 203-222-0478.

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Spring Luncheon and Easter Basket Project

The Spring Luncheon and Card Party is a lovely social occasion for the ladies of our town to mix and mingle, to renew old acquaintances and make new friends.  The proceeds benefit the Easter Basket Project, in which baskets of food, flowers and/or a hot Easter Sunday meal are delivered to homebound or needy residents of Westport, regardless of religious affiliation.

Want to learn more and become involved in this great project? 
Call Helenanne Willmott at 203-227-7322 about the Luncheon
or Mary Hanrahan at 203-226-3404 about the Easter Basket Project.

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Food Pantry

Our volunteers prepare and serve meals twice a month for up to 140 guests at the Open Door Soup Kitchen in Norwalk.  Our Food Pantry provides the staples for those meals, for various agencies in Norwalk and Bridgeport and for those who occasionally come directly to Saint Luke Church for assistance with food.

As with other such efforts, our Food Pantry is very well supplied during holiday seasons, but tends to have meager supplies on hand during other times of the year.

We encourage our parishioners to bring some non-perishable food items along with their weekly offering each Saturday or Sunday.  These may be placed in the large wicker hampers provided in the vestibule or the hallway near the Robertson Room.

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Pro-Life Activities

Committee members respond to any call from the Diocese concerning Pro-Life events such as selling roses to benefit Pro-Life activities on Pro-Life Sunday and in organizing mailing campaigns to legislators.

Want to learn more and become involved? 
Leave a message for Jean Fredricks at the Religious Formation Office,
203-226-0729.

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Interfaith Council

Promotes understanding and respect among the various religious traditions in Westport and Weston.  They are also involved in various outreach projects, especially in efforts to provide assistance to the hungry and the homeless in our towns. This diverse and energetic group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month, with each meeting hosted in turn by the various churches and synagogues in our area.

For more information, call the Parish Office at 203-227-7245.

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T.H.E.O.S.  (Widows and Widowers)

T.H.E.O.S. (They Help Each Other Spiritually) is a group for men and women of any age who are grieving the loss of a spouse in death.  Meetings are held in the Saint Luke Community Room on the second Thursday of the month (except when there's a conflict with another holiday or observance).  Please Call Pam Shaughnessy at (203) 255-1031 for more information.

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COURAGE
(Ministry to Gays, Lesbians and their loved ones)

Courage, an apostolate of the Catholic Church which assists individuals with same-sex attractions to live their lives chastely and in accordance with Church teachings, is now meeting in the Diocese of Bridgeport.  Separate meetings are held for men, women and their loved ones. 
Strict confidentiality is maintained
For more information, contact Father Paul Check at 203-324-1553, extension 14, or e-mail to courage@diobpt.org.

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