The purpose of this outreach effort is to reach out to the people who live along the Rio Coco River in the northeast part of Nicaragua by assisting the parish community of St. Rafael in Waspam. Past activities include collection of goods and supplies that are sent to Nicaragua and the provision of long-term funding for development projects. Visits are made to Rio Coco from Madison and to Madison from Rio Coco. This committee continues to work on meeting the needs of the Waspam parish community.
Members of the St. Thomas Aquinas Conference participate in many activities intended to recognize the face of Christ in those in our community who are in need. These activities include stocking the Society’s food pantry, preparing lunches for the residents of Port St. Vincent, collecting school supplies for the children of homeless and low income families who have requested our help. Furniture, clothing, bedding and household items are provided when needed. Financial assistance is given to get utilities turned back on and for rent assistance.
This group facilitates learning about, advocating for, and responding to issues of peace and social justice in our parish, community, nation and world. The foundation of all Catholic social justice teaching is the dignity of the human person. The Respect Life Subcommittee builds on this foundation by helping St. Thomas Aquinas parish to celebrate October Respect Life Month, as well as addressing other life issues throughout the year.
On the third Sunday of each month, parishioners bring non-perishable food items to Mass. These food items are given to the St. Vincent de Paul and Wexford food pantries, as well as to neighbors in need. You can help by bringing in food or by transporting the donated items to the food pantries on the third Sundays.
Parishioners provide and serve a noon meal to those in need at Luke House on Ingersoll Street on the fourth Wednesday of the month. You can help by preparing food for the meal and/or volunteering to help serve the meal.
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