Community Outreach                                         

VISITATIONS TO HOSPITALIZED AND HOMEBOUND: We offer prayer, Holy Communion, and pastoral care to both patients and their families. Also, please know that because of restrictions imposed by HIPAA privacy laws (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996), you need to notify one of the parish offices when a hospitalized person would like to receive visits. (Volunteers who work in any ministry with children and vulnerable elderly people have first participated in the Diocese Training for Creating a Safe Environment.)

ANGEL CARE (our Pro-Life organization) has been reaching out to abortion-vulnerable women since 1985. We provide clothes, car seats, cribs, and much more to women who have chosen to give birth to their babies. The number of women that we have served has gone from 93 in 2006 to 430 in 2010. There is much work to be done; and for this, we need prayers, baby items, volunteers, and cold cash. There are locations at all the worship sites for you to place donations. Contact Ms. Noreen Mancini at <eloisetelle@yahoo.com>. "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you" (Jeremiah 1:4).

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP: First Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in Good Shepherd Library. Share our common grief journey. You are welcome any time. Contact Sister Cathy Solan at 334-3518.

FOOD DONATIONS: Drop off nonperishable food items on the chuckwagon just outside Guardian Angels office. The Rush-Henrietta Area Food Terminal (RHAFT) gives these to families who qualify for emergency assistance. "He who gives to the poor will never lack." (Proverbs 28:27)

GIVING TREE: Every Advent, you are invited to take a request tag from one of our giving trees, then purchase the suggested gifts to be distributed to the forgotten people in our community.

PROJECT RACHEL: "There is a time for healing" (Ecclesiastes 3:3). Project Rachel is a sensitive, confidential, post-abortion reconciliation program offering a renewed sense of hope and forgiveness. Project Rachel can help you feel the mercy and peace of Christ. If you or a friend or a relative are hurting from an abortion, call 1-888-972-2435 or click the link to visit the Web site.

SERVICE TO THE ELDERLY: Sisters of St. Joseph offer companionship, spiritual support, light housekeeping, shopping, and short-term respite for family caregivers. A Sister can be available once or twice a week for two or three hours. Fees are negotiable. Please contact Sister Elizabeth Leonard at 458-8540.

TELEPHONE OUTREACH MINISTRY: Work with the Evangelization Team by calling fellow parishioners to talk about their unmet needs in the cluster. The team is called Love is Neighborhood Caring Connection (LINCC). If you like contacting people and talking to them, you will enjoy this most satisfying ministry. Please contact Jeanne at <ReginaL@rochester.rr.com>.

USEABLE CLOTHING DROP-OFF: You may drop off useable clothing, shoes, sneakers, belts, purses, blankets, sheets, pillowcases, drapes, and stuffed toys at the drop-off shed at the north end of the Guardian Angels parking lot. They will be picked up by St. Pauly Textile Inc. and distributed to people who can use them here in the US and all over the world. Please no rags, fabric scraps, toys, or household goods.

COUNSELING: Mr. Michael J. Sullivan, Licensed Clinical Social Worker with advanced clinical experience (LCSW-R), Credentialed Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC), offers therapy to individuals, couples, and families. Call (585) 388-9258. All appointments are confidential; fees are arranged with the counselor.