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Christian Services


St. Mary Magdalen Parking Lot


January- 27, 2018 June- 23, 2018 November- 17, 2018
February- 24, 2018 July- 28, 2018 December- 15, 2018
March- 24, 2018 August- 25, 2018
April -28, 2018 September 22, 2018
May - cancelled October- 27, 2018

Distribution starts at 9:00 a.m. / ARRIVE EARLY TO REGISTER

Please bring baskets, bags or a cart to carry your food.

St. James has spoken very bluntly: faith without works is rather dead. It is, therefore, not just a matter of being credible and authentic that we Catholics practice what we preach. If we cease to live our faith, we no longer have faith. If we cease to shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, comfort the lonely, protect the powerless and wage peace, we no longer live with God and in God. And if we no longer live with God and in God, we have no life. Having faith in God, therefore, necessarily demands the living out of our baptismal promises. We have to lead and guide God’s people. We have to serve God’s people. And we have to speak to the truth of God.

Our faith finds its credibility, authenticity and existence only in witnessing God’s love to the world. Hence any meditation, study, reflection, effort and activity that brings God’s justice to the world, we call it Christian Service and Outreach.

Current Christian Services & Outreach Ministries:

  Blood Drives:  Donate and/or assist with the parish-wide blood drives held twice a year (March & October) in the Breitenstein Activity Center. Help is needed to pre-register donors, promote the drives, perform setup and assist in cleanup. This is a excellent family participation project! Service – only two Sundays a year. Contact Ruth Bushin the Parish Office for more information.   Back to Top  
  Health Ministry:  Medical and non-medical members of the parish work together to provide health-related services to the community. Active membership includes monthly meetings and participation in year-round health related functions. Activities include maintaining an inventory of free home medical equipment for parishioner use, monthly blood pressure and blood sugar checks in the Family Center, an annual Riverside Memorial Sevice and an annual flu-shot clinic. There are also occasional  CPR and AED classes offered for certification. This team is open to anyone interested in promoting good health. Volunteer opportunities exist for both core team and selected events. Contact: Rose Rumball (evenings) at 554-7721 for more information.   Back to Top  
  Boy Scouts:  St. Mary Magdalen sponsors local Boy Scout Troop 275. Prospective scouts and their families need not be parish members to participate.  Troop 275 meets each Tuesday evening in the Breitenstein Activity Center at 7:00 p.m.  Contact Scoutmaster James Travis  at 616- 240-7882  for more information.   Back to Top  
  Christmas Giving Tree:  Welcome holiday helpers! During the Christmas season, St. Mary Magdalen opens its heart  by taking the opportunity to be Santa's elves for needy families and organizations in our community.  Family names come from John Knox Food Pantry, St. Andrew Cathedral  Parish and our own parish.  Others served include a homeless Veterans organization, Help Crisis Pregnancy Aid, a nursing home and the diocesan Prison & Jail Ministry. Families provide gift wishes which are placed on tags on the Giving Tree and parishioners choose a tag and fulfill the wish.  Volunteers are needed to help organize the project, purchase fill-in gifts and deliver gifts to families.  To volunteer or for more information call Ruth Bushin the Parish Office.   Back to Top  
  Holiday Food Baskets:  Help sort, package, and deliver food baskets prior to the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter Holidays. Volunteers help sort  food contributions, package them into familiy-size baskets and deliver them one week prior to the holiday.  Baskets recipients include  families from our parish, ,  John knox Food Pantry clients and the surrounding neighborhood. Contact Ruth Bushfor information or to volunteer.   Back to Top  
  Feeding America (monthly):  Dozens of parish volunteers organize and expedite this monthly food distribution to needy families in our neighborhood and community.  In cooperation with Feeding America, several thousand pounds of perishable food on a mobile food pantry truck is distributed on the fourth Saturday of the month. Volunteers of all ages are welcome to help sort, pack, and distribute the food and/or assist familes to carry their food to their vehicles.  This is a excellent opportunity for scout troops, Confirmation candidates and National Honor Society students to obtain service credit hours and participate in a rewarding project. The time commitment is one Saturday per month for approximately two hours from 8:30-10:30 in the morning.  Call Ruth Bushin the Parish Office to volunteer or for more information.   Back to Top  
  Twinning Parish / Haiti:  Haiti.  For over 10 years our parish has "twinned" with St Agnes parish in Dubois, Haiti, through the Parish Twinning Program of the Americas (PTPA).  Programs include an annual medcial mission that serves over three hundred patients over three days of clininc and a quarterly disbursement.  The funding supports two medical dispensaries with medicines, medical supplies and salary support for two nurses.  It also covers school reconstruction, catechetical formation programs, supplemental salary compesation for schoolteachers. A St. Mary Magdalen parishioner has generously donated separate funding to sponsor a food program to feed 250 school children weekly. For more information contact Ruth Bush.   Back to Top