Feed the Hungry
Since food is a basic necessity for life, making sure that everyone has enough food to eat is a matter of justice rather than charity. On the surface at least, feeding the hungry seems fairly straightforward. We can help the hungry in simple ways: for example, by making monetary or food donations to the South Portland Food Cupboard or, if we have the time, by helping at the Preble Street Soup Kitchen or St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen for the homeless. Moreover, unlike Christians in the ancient and medieval world (when this list of corporal works of mercy was first compiled), we can take the time to educate ourselves about the problem of hunger in the world, and we can use our voices and our votes to petition and pressure our politicians to make the fight against world hunger a higher priority for our government. To volunteer or make a donation in order to feed the hungry, please contact the following:
South Portland Food Cupboard
130 Thadeus Street
South Portland, ME 04106
Mailing address: PO Box 2892, South Portland, ME 04116
Warehouse Coordinator cell: (207) 318-3364
The South Portland Food Cupboard is open every Thursday 8:30-11:30 am. Come support the South Portland Food Cupboard by attending the BBQ Fundraiser on Saturday, Jan. 23rd at St. Maximilian Kolbe parish in Scarborough.
Preble Street Soup Kitchen
38 Preble Street
Porltand, ME 04101
Volunteer Coordinator: Mary Takach, (207)767-4924, firstname.lastname@example.org
The volunteers from our cluster cook and serve the evening meal on every 4th Sunday of the month. This month’s volunteer service is on Sunday, Jan 24th.
St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen
307 Congress Street
Portland, Maine 04101
The volunteers of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul serve meals to Portland's needy Monday through Friday, from 11:00am to 12:30pm. Clothing is available each Friday. All are welcome.
Instruct the Seeker
Christ reminded us that the most important food, the Bread of Life, is The Word of God with Christ as Its Teacher and Example. What good is giving mere physical nourishment to those poor in money if one ignores providing the nourishment of God's Word and Christ's example to those who seek the Truth? Instructing those to be initiated or complete their initiation into Christ’s body, the Church, is a spiritual work of mercy. Several teams of volunteers offer instruction to those seeking to be initiated into the Church as follows:
Becoming Catholic Teams
We currently have two groups in formation led by two different volunteer teams. There are 4 people in the Catechumenate phase and 5 people in the Inquiry phase. Look for the Rite of Welcome on Sunday, Jan. 31st for the people in the Inquiry phase to move on to the Catechumenate phase. Please pray for our first group that will be presented to Bishop Deeley in the Rite of Election at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday, Feb. 14th at 7:00 pm. To volunteer for any of these teams, please contact Kathy Williamson, 799-5528 x102 or email@example.com.
There are at least 2 representatives from each parish who lead classes to prepare parents for the baptism of their infant. The Baptism Class is offered once a month rotating in each parish. Parents looking to prepare for the baptism of their infant need to call their parish office to get started. To volunteer for the baptism team and to receive training, please contact Kathy Williamson, 799-5528 x102 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacramental Preparation Teams
There are 2 teams of volunteers who plan and implement the retreats for children over 5 years old who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Baptism, first Reconciliation, Confirmation and first Eucharist and their parents. We have a 2-year preparation for this age group supplementary to their regular faith formation. Each year has 6 parent-child retreats for instruction, fellowship, prayer, and service. To volunteer for the Sacramental Preparation Team for Year 1, please contact Sharon Pilk, (207) 799-5528 x103 or Sharon.Pilk@portlanddiocese.org, and for Year 2, please contact Kelsey Conroy, (207) 883-0334 x6 or Kelsey.Conroy@portlanddiocese.org. Our next parent-child retreats are as follows:
Year 1: Hearing God in Scripture
Sunday, Jan. 10th 2-4 pm @ St. Maximilian Kolbe
Make-up Date: Monday, Jan. 25th 4-6 pm @ St. Bartholomew
Year 2: The Sacrament of Confirmation
Sunday, Jan. 10th 2-4 pm @ St. Bartholomew
Make-up Date: Monday, Jan. 25th 4-6 pm @ St. Maximilian Kolbe