Star Outreach gained momentum when Pope Francis declared the Jubilee Year of Mercy. In his Christmas homily last year, he said to make this a “Mercy Christmas” by helping others through the “works of mercy.”
Our mission is to provide opportunities to practice the Corporal Works of Mercy:
• To give drink to the thirsty.
• To shelter the homeless.
• To clothe the naked.
• To visit the sick.
• To visit the imprisoned.
• To bury the dead.
This Past Year
Working together WE were “ALL” able to serve the poor, the homeless and the needy in San Francisco:
- We served the homeless (as many as 100) once a month with the Missionaries of Charity.
- We cooked for the homeless (in July and in October), enough to feed up to 150 individuals.
- Our monthly drive provided the homeless with toiletries such as shampoo,lotion, hand sanitizer, soap, wipes, razors and shaving cream, body wash…
- We collaborated with the Preschool to provide beanie hats and with the parishioners to provide warm gloves for the winter.
- The Faith Formation program and the preschool collaborated on a Thanksgiving service project in which the children made sandwiches and the preschool decorated the bags for the homeless.
- The $800 July offering and $1100 October offering and additional financial donations by generous parishioners were used:
- to purchase the ingredients for the meals we served;
- to help purchase “bigbaby” items for the Gabriel Project’s pregnant moms (staying at Star Community Home, Missionaries of Charity and the Providence Emergency Center); and
- to help the homeless clean and make themselves presentable (purchasing, towels and toiletries for 100 homeless) so that they could join the Missionaries of Charity sisters at the Mass honoring the Canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa.
The New Year
With God’s guidance, inspiration and strength, let’s continue to build on making each day a “Mercy Christmas!” Moving forward in this new liturgical year:
- We will be expanding to also serve the homeless at St. Anthony’s in the Tenderloin.
- We will be collaborating with the Richmond District Neighborhood Center to help deliver meals to home bound elderly who live in the neighborhood.
- There will be additional opportunities for the School of Religion of the Parish to be involved in service projects.
- In memory of Thomas Hooker who left a legacy of kindness to all of us here in the neighborhood, we hope to increase our annual Thanksgiving Drive by having more than 3 barrels overflowing with food donations. These food donations benefit St. Anthony’s in the Tenderloin and the Missionaries of Charity in their commitment to serving the homeless.
If you have a strong passion and are discerning a call to serve in any of the Corporal Works of Mercy, please give Jacqueline a call at (510)697- 9670 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.