Parishioners in our parish serve serve our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the year by participating in various service projects and ministries. Below is a sample of how our parish serves the community.
Food Collection @ VBS
Every summer, teens volunteer during our four-day Vacation Bible School program. During Vacation Bible School, 160 pounds of non-perishable food items are collected by our children for the Simsbury Food Closet which is typically understocked in the summer months.
Service Hours: Community Service / Faith Formation / Parish Life
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy are guiding our youth in service. During the year high school confirmandi serve a combined total of 1,550 hours and middle school students serve a combined total of 600 hours. These service hours are served in the categories of
- Community Service,
- Faith Formation, and
- Parish Life.
Annual Turkey Trot
In November, confirmandi and catechists help load a refrigerated truck with frozen turkeys at the annual Farmington Valley Turkey Trot which was started by our beloved parishioner, Mr. Jack Bannan. Over 3,000 turkeys are collected for FoodShare.
Christmas Gifts: NICU Families
In December, our Confirmation Prep Program collects and donates over 40 Christmas gifts for NICU families in need at the UConn Health Center.
Single Decade Rosaries: EPOCA
Our confirmandi also made 70 single decade rosaries for an organization called
Ex-Prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement
(EPOCA) which was recognized by the
Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) and Archbishop Blair for its work with lawmakers in the “Jobs Not Jails" campaign.
Ministries / Shelters / Soup Kitchens
Througout the year parishioners work to feed our brothers and sisters in Christ by supporting ministries, shelters, and soup kitchens located in the city of Hartford. Below are some of the areas where they provide service and support.
- Every other month parishioners donate baked desserts to be delievered to Mercy Shelter.
- IGNITE donated 100 sandwiches to the sandwich ministry at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph and 68 sandwiches to the residents of Saint Elizabeth House in the Mercy Housing Corp and 100 sandwiches to the House of Bread which is run by the Sisters of Saint Joseph.
- In October, 36 rolls of toilet paper were collected for the Simsbury Food Closet.
- 1,150 diapers, over 40 containers of baby wipes, and ten fleece baby blankets were donated to support the mothers and babies at Saint Gerard’s Center for Life in Hartford.
Habitat for Humanity
Parishioners volunteer to build a house for low income families.
Simsbury Food Pantry Collections
Non-perishable items are collected monthly after all the masses. A vehicle is located in the parking lot to pick up all donated items.