A message from the Service Team September 2018
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matt 25:35-40
Often when we involve ourselves in a church committee or group, we never know the impact we have on others. Some might say, “Why bother if no one seems to notice?” So, why bother? Because when we do God’s work we aren’t doing it (or at least shouldn’t be doing it) for power, status, or recognition. We are doing it out of love. This is how we give glory and praise to God through our work.
The mission of the Church is to bring God’s love to others through outreach and evangelization. One way we do this is by helping those less fortunate. This is the work of the Service Team. I’m sure you’ve seen us even if you didn’t know who we were or anything about our team. The current members of the Service Team are beginning our eighth year together with no sign of slowing down. We meet the last Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in the Parish Center, beginning in August until the following May, with most of our programs centering on the holidays. Each year we try to reach out to as many people as possible, and with the help of our parishioners, we have managed to make a difference in the lives of those in need.
In the fall, we collect monetary donations from parishioners which are used to provide “Harvest Bags” of fresh produce to families and seniors in Titus Towers. Some of the residents are our own parishioners. We purchase the food through Wegmans and partner with the Youth Group and Family Based Religious Education program to help sort and pack the food. Then we deliver the packed bags to Titus Towers for distribution. The response from Titus Towers has been overwhelmingly positive and we expect to have even more people sign up this year. Look for us after Mass the first two weekends in November. We thank you in advance for your continued generosity.
Our second big program is the Christmas Giving Tree. Based on feedback, you love to provide gifts for children at Christmas! For the last two years we have partnered with Cops, Kids and Toys to provide toys to children throughout Tompkins County. This partnership has allowed us to help many more children than in the past. Through the Giving Tree, we also provide baby items such as diapers and formula to Birth Right in support of their outreach. The tree should be going up sometime in mid-November.
Each year during the Easter season we remember the Catholic residents at Cayuga Ridge. In previous years, we have provided an inspirational card and small wooden cross or rosary from the Holy Land, small frames with bible verses, sacrifice beads, and other small tokens to let them know we are thinking of them.
Our faith is enriched when we are doing God’s work and we are inspired to continually try to find new ways to help more people. We welcome new members who are interested in this ministry, and also invite anyone who may not be able to join our team, but who would like to help out with an event, to contact any of our members. Thank you again for your continued support.
Margaret Rolfe — firstname.lastname@example.org
Karin & Jim Eisenberg — email@example.com
Louise Sallinger— firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynthia Santos — email@example.com
Carmen Khoo — firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Gonyea – email@example.com
Nancy Parrott – firstname.lastname@example.org