Our Ladies of Charity

Ladies of Charity

MISSION

The purpose of the Ladies of Charity (LOC) is to provide assistance and service to people in need, through charitable and spiritual works in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  We meet on the second Monday of each month (Sept. through June) at 9:30 a.m. in the Reardon Room of St. John Capistran Church.  We occasionally have an additional evening meeting; watch the bulletin for dates and times.  All women of SJC and STM are welcome to join us at a meeting and help with our service projects.  For additional information please contact us at sjcloc1610@gmail.com.

SERVICE PROJECTS/ACTIVITIES

Sister of Mercy Georgine Scarpino recently visited us as a guest speaker. Her topic was the Grandparents Raising Grand- children Program. Sister Georgine described this as a “real ministry” that supports grandparents. They can share their needs and concerns. Also, information about services and assistance for these families is provided. Meetings are held in Bridgeville and McKeesport. This program does not receive any funding through taxes or governmental agencies. For more information call 412 422-8020.  

 

After-Mass Collections: 
Four times per year after-mass collections are held at St. John Capistran to benefit the Red Door program at St. Mary of Mercy Church in Pittsburgh; the LOC; The Society of St. Vincent de Paul; and St. Winifred’s Food Bank.

Care and Compassion: 
Provide various types of assistance for parishioners as needed.

Prayer Chain:
O
ur LOC members will pray for you, your families and friends.  Please let us know your prayer intentions by email at sjcloc1610@gmail.com.

Bereavement:
LOC members attend the visitations for parishioners who have passed away and meet in the church prior to the funeral mass to pray the rosary for the deceased.  LOC members arrange for and serve at funeral repasts at the church when requested.  A memorial service for parishioners who have passed away during the previous year is held on All Souls Day, November 2.  The service is followed by a reception in the church hall at St. John’s.

Sing-Alongs:
A group of LOC members and friends gather once a month at Kane Regional Nursing Center in Scott Twp. and once a quarter at Harbour Living in Greentree to sing songs along with the patients.

Red Door Lunches:
Once a month the LOC meet at SJC to pack 100 lunches.  The lunches are distributed to the homeless in Pittsburgh by the Red Door program at St. Mary’s. 

Project Linus Blankets:
Once a month blankets are made to be given to children in Pittsburgh area hospitals and facilities that care for families and children.

Family Promise Dinners:
About four times per year the LOC provides dinner for families who participate in the Family Promise program which helps homeless families find employment and housing.

Easter Gift Bags:
LOC members provide Easter Gift Bags to children through Angel’s Place.

Totes of Hope:
Several times a year, depending on funds, gift bags of toiletries and other needed items are distributed in conjunction with St. Bernard’s program of serving meals to the homeless in Pittsburgh.  

Healing Mass:
Each year in June parishioners are invited to attend a weekday Mass during which they can receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick.  After the Mass the LOC hosts a breakfast for those attending and their families.

Additionally, we sponsor parish wide collections of winter coats, Thanksgiving pies, diapers and Christmas gifts via the Angel Tree.

 

FUNDING

We are grateful for the generous support we receive throughout the year.  Monetary donations to support our service projects can be mailed to the Ladies of Charity at St. John Capistran Church, 1610 McMillan Road, Pittsburgh, PA  15241; or left in the LOC mailbox which is located outside of the CCD Office in the church building.