The people of Saint Brendan are moving into the Easter season with a new message series called “Bold Moves.” Each week, we’ll highlight a different step you can take to prepare for the bold move God wants you to make.
As Father Roger and Father Pete said in their weekend messages, broadening our horizons often is necessary in order to make the bold move that God wants us to make. One of the most effective ways to enlarge our understanding of the world is to serve others, especially those suffering in ways we are not.
Saint Brendan offers several outreach ministries that brings the love of Christ beyond the borders of our parish campus. Our corps of dedicated volunteer ministers visit the sick, comfort those who have lost loved ones, bring the Gospel message to young people in juvenile hall, proclaim the dignity of human life, knit prayer shawls, baby clothes, blankets, and other items for people in need, feed the hungry, assist the poor, and so much more.
We believe that healthy outreach is built on relationships – a solid connection between people in our community with those outside our church. By building relationships with others living in difficult circumstances, we aim to empower others to glorify God and live with dignity. We’re all broken, just in different ways. By walking with others in relationship, we believe that God will change our hearts and use us to change the lives of others.
“Even in a city as diverse as San Francisco, it’s very easy to stay in our comfort zones,” said Tad Tassone, President of the St. Brendan Conference of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP). “Providing service and interacting with others in a different neighborhood and circumstances can make us aware that God’s gifts should apply to all. Not everyone has the same advantages and opportunities. Our call is to assist in our own way to work for the good of all.”
In addition to serving dinner to guests at the largest homeless shelter in the city, delivering clothing items and homemade sandwiches collected from parishioners, and providing monthly pizza and companionship for the homeless at Pasquale’s Pizza on Irving, SVDP members also provide dinner and gifts for young mothers and their babies at the Epiphany Center and sponsor the annual Christmas Giving Tree.
Another parish outreach ministry, Random Acts of Catholics, is a small group that comes together in faith and then goes out into the community to do good. “I can’t express how rewarding serving has been, on so many levels,” said Paul Venables, co-founder of Random Acts of Catholics. “In every service situation we have been in, despite the presence of hardship and even pain, there has always been joy.” At the inspiration of a 13-year old, RAOC members recently assembled and distributed care bags to the homeless. They also served nearly 2,400 meals to Tenderloin residents at St. Anthony’s Dining Room, and much more. Explore www.randomactsofcatholics.org for more of their "acts."
If you have a heart for people who are hurting, one of these ministries definitely is for you. Take a bold step in discipleship and get involved in an outreach ministry. Explore our website or call us. We’re happy to help you get connected.