Being on Mission at Our Lady of Grace
At Our Lady of Grace, we take seriously the Gospel call to build the Kingdom of God. We do this through our outreach efforts, both locally and globally as part of the universal Church.
Important as our charitable outreach is, Catholic Social Teaching reminds us that we must work to change the systems that work to perpetuate poverty and oppression and so we participate in programs that encourage education, that strengthen families, and that honor the value of each human life as having been made in the image and likeness of God.
While there are many outreach activities to choose from, if the activity you feel drawn to isn’t something Our Lady of Grace currently participates in, let us know and we’ll see how we can work with you to bring the Kingdom of God closer.
Read the Social Justice "Something to think about" column each week in our bulletin or at the bottom of this page.
Locally, we feed the hungry through the food we contribute, we clothe the naked through our donations and coat drives, we care for the sick by bringing them the Eucharist and praying for them at Mass, and we make our schools more hospitable through our fall school supplies drive. In addition to our ongoing efforts, we have a Thanksgiving food drive that both provides Thanksgiving dinners and helps to restock the food shelves after the holiday, and a boot and coat drive in cooperation with our Men’s Club Christmas Tree Lot.
Catholic Services Appeal
Our Lady of Grace participates in the archdiocesan outreach efforts such as the Catholic Services Appeal, the Center for Mission collections, and other efforts to make Jesus Christ known and loved throughout the world. Visit the Catholic Services Appeal Website
Globally, we have long-standing sister parish relationships with St. Joseph in Mamponteng, Ghana, West Africa and San Maximiliano Kolbe in Comayaguela, Honduras. Our Lady of Grace parishioners have participated in mission trips to both parishes and, in turn, we have been enriched by visits from them.
Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos
We also have a relationship with Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (Our Little Brothers and Sisters, also known as NPH), a group of orphanages located throughout Central American and the Caribbean which provide homes, stability, and education to children whose parents are dead or otherwise unable to care for them. In August of 2013, our Youth Group accompanied other parishioners to NPH in Honduras on a mission trip to spend time living and working with the children there.
For more information visit our Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos page.