Christian Service Commission Christian Service is responsible for operating the food pantry five days a week, most weeks of the year. In 2011 we provided food to more than 6,122 households comprised of more than 7,000 individuals. In these tough economic times, we are seeing an increase in the number of people needing food for themselves and their families. We depend on food or monetary donations from schools, churches, businesses, and individuals to help us help the hungry. We also have occasional fundraising events which enable us to continue our work. On February 10, 2012, we hosted a wine tasting, buffet and auction at the Italian American Cultural Center, the net profits of which will go directly into our budget.
St. Patrick Food Pantry
In September this commission distributes backpacks filled with school supplies which are supplied by a donor parish and in late October we host a Halloween Costume Party for children in the neighborhood, complete with games, a hayride, and lots of food.
At Thanksgiving and Christmas, we distribute large food boxes to qualifying families and include Christmas gifts for the children in those families. This past Christmas, with some help from our friends in other parishes, we delivered gifts to more than 100 children and a wonderful dinner for their families.
At least once a year, we plan, cook, and serve a meal for the senior citizens next door at the St. Patrick Senior Center.
St. Patrick Food Pantry is able to continue to serve the poor because of the generosity of others. Others like you!
Continue His Dream Campaign
Named in honor of Fr. Tom Duffey, the campaign was announced in the fourth quarter of 2007 and rolled out with a major mail solicitation campaign in January, 2008. It's objective has been to help fund the work of the St. Patrick Food Pantry through contributions from parishioners and friends of St. Patrick.
If you would like to make a donation to honor Fr. Duffey and support the food pantry, please send a check made payable to St. Patrick Food Pantry with Continue His Dream written in the memo section to: St. Patrick Church, 58 Parsons, Detroit, MI 48201.
St. Thomas a Becket Bridging Program
We have forged a wonderful bridging relationship with the parishioners of St. Thomas a Becket Parish in Canton, MI. Our two congregations have enjoyed getting to know one another at social and religious events and we have worked together on charitable activities and fund raising events.