As the pandemic persists, parishes continue to creatively adapt to respond to human need with loving service. The diocesan Pandemic Response Fund continues to support parishes in their vitally important Gospel work. Donations can be made online here:
Ecumenical Campus Ministry (ECM) at the University of Guelph delivered Advent Care packages to students to help them through the isolation of the pandemic and stress of exams.
St. James and St. Brendan’s, Port Colborne has been running its usually seasonal Out of the Cold program on an ongoing basis due to the increased need arising from the pandemic. While the volunteers have not been able to serve meals in the Guild Hall, individuals pick up the pre-made meals for themselves or their families. Photo: St. James and St. Brendan’s, Port Colborne.
St. James, Dundas collected over 300 winter coats, which were safely distributed to people who needed one to stay warm in Hamilton this winter. Photo: St. Matthew’s House, Hamilton.
St. John’s, Hamilton held an online art auction to raise funds for the newcomer family they recently welcomed to Canada. Items included this piece, Awake and Dreaming by Tom Wilson — Oil on Wood (Yamaha Guitar C-310). The auction raised over $15,000 to support their refugee sponsorship. Photo: St. John’s, Hamilton
St. Luke’s, Palermo continues to run its weekly Nourishing Neighbours food program for all who need food assistance. Photo: St. Luke’s, Palermo
Migrant Farmworkers Project – a committed team of volunteers drawn from local parishes and the surrounding community continue to make the grocery deliveries to migrant farm workers throughout the Niagara peninsula. Photo: Migrant Farmworkers Project
The Church of the Apostles (St. James & St. Matthias) in Guelph has years of experience with curbside pick-up of Christmas trees. After only 9 days of selling, their last balsam fir headed out of the church parking lot destined to bring joy to someone’s home. Photo: Church of the Apostles, Guelph
St. Mark’s, Orangeville organized a Christmas Day drive/walk-through lunch for pick-up by community members in need of a Christmas meal. Photo: Archdeacon Peter Scott