OLOL Social Ministry
SERVICE SATURDAY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
As an outgrowth of the annual Day of Service and originally spearheaded by parishioner John Sweeney, the Social Ministry committee is now hosting monthly service events on the 2nd Saturday morning of each month.
Men, women, teens and school groups are invited to participate on a regular or occasional basis to continue the good works throughout the calendar year. No special skills are needed and everyone is welcome. Recent/upcoming projects include:
March 11: River Des Peres Debris Removal
April 8: UCity Senior Home Repair
May 13: Eastside Home Build
June 10: UCity Adopt A Block
Let’s join together to build our parish community while we strengthen our neighborhoods. Subscribe to our mailing list for information about each event as it becomes available, and sign up to help when possible.
Join us on June 10th for UCity Adopt A Block
Similar to the activities on our Annual Day of Service, University City will identify homes that need repair for elderly residents in the community and coordinate the activities. Tasks will include lawn work and basic home maintenance projects that residents desperately need due to code violations. On this Saturday, the houses will be chosen in a specific block (or multiple blocks). Details about the blocks to be included will be communicated prior to June 10. Come help our neighbors keep their homes in good repair. Plenty of work for all skill sets. Hope to see you there!
DAY OF SERVICE
Our Lady of Lourdes' Day of Service is held once a year in October in conjunction with Make a Difference Day.
The purpose of the Day of Service is for our parish to visibly give back to the community in a meaningful way with our time, talent and treasure.
How we make people feel (respected, valued, appreciated) is more important that completing the perfect project.
Service Saturday April 8
Saturday, April 8, was an absolutely glorious day, and 19 Lourdes volunteers were able to accomplish quite a bit to benefit three long-time University City residents.
The ladies we helped on Saturday love their homes and their community, and we were able to give them the love and respect we would want our own mothers to receive if they were in similar circumstances. Each of these women has lived in her house for more than 30 years, and moving would present challenges that no one wants to face at their age.
[For Mrs. Hopson, a team of Bob Petersen, Clark Hedger and Patrick Sweeney scraped the foundation and re-painted with waterproof foundation paint. (See pictures for 7715 Trenton.) At 1320 Mendell, Mrs. Ruby Jones received a code violation from the city for the peeling paint on the front of her house. The team of Jeff Zornes, Matt Stapf, Mike O’Malley, Peter Wimmer and Jamie Reuter scraped and prepped the front of the house, caulked and then painted everything - all in a little over three hours. I don’t know if the pictures do it justice, but the before and after perspective of this house is amazing. We all hope our work has a visible impact when complete. This house is now stunning from the street view. At 1434 Waldron, we worked for another Mrs. Jones who had two code violations: one for her sidewalk and one for a big tree that was in the process of falling over. In addition to taking the tree down and replacing the sidewalk, the team also painted the front porch railing, cast iron patio furniture, painted the front porch, repaired the back porch hand rail, trimmed the bushes, cut the grass and cleaned the yard (26 lawn bags). The team working this house was massive: John DeHart, Langston DeHart, Jon Falk, Andrea Ratner, Steve Gund, Kathleen Gund, Krai Gund, Stephen Wurst, Travis Griffin, Patrick Sweeney, and Clark Hedger.]
It should be noted that the Lourdes team was joined by Christ the King Parish and SHED (Safe Housing for the Elderly and Disabled). In total, 12 houses received the TLC necessary to allow the homeowner to stay in our community a little longer.
Please plan to join us on our next Service Saturday on May 13th where we will be participating in a home building project for East Side Heart and Home. Sign up using the button above.
Contact: Rich Gund at 314-960-4123 or email email@example.com.
HELPING OUR JEWISH NEIGHBORS
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SERVICE SATURDAY | APRIL 8, 2017
DAY OF SERVICE | OCTOBER 22, 2016
Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
7148 Forsyth Blvd.
St. Louis, Missouri 63105
Weekend Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil: 5:00pm
Sunday: 7:30am, 9:00am (Children's Liturgy of the Word)
11:00am (Choir), 5:00pm