40 Days 40 Cans is a Lenten outreach of Saint Francis de Sales Parish. Lent is a season when many Catholics seek to do something positive for others as they prepare to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter. Coming as it does during the long days of Winter and early Spring, many sources of food distribution find their shelves emptying after the generous season of Advent and Christmas. 40 Days 40 Cans is an opportunity for our parishioners to respond each day in Lent in a concrete way to help alleviate hunger in our community. It is also a way to make a small but significant sacrifice which will directly benefit those who are less fortunate in Licking County and enable those who participate to comfort the suffering of Christ in those who suffer because of lack of food.
Non-perishable food items may be placed in the collection cart located in the vestibule of the Church before all parish Masses or anytime during the week.
A Christmas tree is placed at the back of church in late November with the needs of local families listed on tag ornaments. Parishioners are invited to remove tags and purchase the items listed. Volunteers are needed to interview families, make tags, sort donated items, and distribute items. This is a very hands-on program with a great need for volunteers.
Contact: Susan Martine, 740-344-2050
The days between Christmas and Candlemas, December 26 through February 2, have become our annual Baby Shower for Jesus. Throughout this traditional Christmastide, the nativity crèche is left on display in the parish church and parishioners are invited to bring baby items to share with the young babies and their mothers ministered to by Heartbeats Outreach Ministry in Newark. We give these items to Jesus in our church and then He gives them to babies in need in our community. What a wonderful way to extend the joy of Christmas as we encourage young mothers to receive the gift of life with joy! We give witness to our love for the baby Jesus, made flesh among us by the Virgin’s womb, and declare the dignity of all human life from the first moment of conception.
Contact: Helen Sage, 740-349-5717
This ministry was originally formed to help area organizations stock their closets to cloth those in need. Many hands are needed to receive, sort and deliver the boxes of clothing that are so generously donated.
Contact: Sandra Wendelgest, 740-777-1139
Following the guidelines of the diocese, Respect Life speaks out for the sanctity and dignity of all human life, from conception until natural death. The four-prong approach includes education, prayer, outreach, and political advocacy. Members pray a Rosary for Life every Saturday morning.
The Catholic bishops of the United States are pleased to offer once again to the Catholic faithful Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, our teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics.
Contact: Helen Sage, 740-349-5717
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society’s work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless.
Contact: Deborah Cook-Gorsuch, 740-344-2486
The Sundays during August have become a fun time to provide new packaged or tagged underwear for toddlers through seniors, males and females who are in need. Underwear is a commodity not often provided by local social service agencies. Through our annual “Underwear That’s Fun to Wear” Drive we seek to provide new underwear to those who may not have the resources for this foundational garment. All underwear collected is distributed by the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and other social service outreach groups in Licking County.
Catholic Social Services based out of Columbus offers a variety of services ranging from prevention and education to crisis intervention. All are designed to help families succeed. This service is committed to collaborating with other church-initiated efforts in needs assessment, program planning and service delivery. In Newark, the work of CSS is focused on the elderly. Their office is located on W. Main Street.
The mission of Heartbeats is to create an environment where every human heart is cherished and protected within the womb and in strong families. Heartbeats helps women in crisis pregnancies and encourages chastity as a positive lifestyle.
This charity was organized to take care of premature and needy babies and their families; and in cases of crisis, to help where help is needed. Newborns in Need is founded upon Christian principles and provides essential items without charge to those in need. Volunteers donate their time and talents to knit and sew items for the tiniest of God’s creatures.
The Ladies of the Knights of Columbus Assembly 0830 and volunteers make turbans for cancer patients in Licking County and outreaching areas. These turbans are blessed by a priest and then distributed to the oncology/radiation offices of a number of hospitals in the area, free of charge to the patients.
Can’t sew? Tax-deductible donations of knit material, appliqués, or gift cards are appreciated.
Contact: Kathy Braidich 740-504-6133.
* These are non-parish-affiliated groups that we encourage you to support.