Social Concern Commission
This plans and facilitates parish response to those in need of help and advocacy beyond the parish such legislative issues and prison ministry support of life from conception through natural death, care for the earth’s resources and the environment, Manna Ministry food collections and sharing, Advent and Lenten projects, helping agencies in the Fox Valley, and support local and global mission parishes. This commission meets monthly.
Fox Valley Warming Shelter
This is now open all year and serves an average of 30 clients per night. It is moving clients to stability more quickly and works more other area agencies. It goes beyond housing the homeless to moving them towards greater self-sufficiency. The volunteer base has been increased; there has been good fiscal management and a compassionate attitude has been embraced.
St. Joseph Food Program of the Fox Valley
Our parish continually supports St. Joseph Food Program, a non-profit since 1982 and now the largest in the Fox Valley. Each week 30 ton of food is distributed funded by cash and food donations from individuals, churches, businesses, clubs and foundations. Over 400 volunteers distribute food to 800 families weekly organizing and shelving staples, sorting and distributing food, greeting clients and interviewing clients, driving trucks to pick up food. Food collections change each month according to local needs. You can bring food that will be donated to the shelter to the church and parish office entrances.
Holy Spirit volunteers prepare and serve meals at the Emergency Shelter in Appleton in the evening of the third Friday of the month.
Loaves & Fishes
A Community Meal is served every Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 PM at Trinity Lutheran Church in Appleton. The purpose is to provide meals to those who cannot afford to eat adequately or to those who would otherwise be alone. Volunteers are welcome and needed to help serve these meals.
Volunteers are needed to prepare and deliver meals to the Community Outreach Temporary Shelter in Appleton.
Global Mission Outreach to the Burundi African Education Fund
Please remember the Burundi African Education Fund, a charitable organization to support students in extreme poverty. to help youth attend school and become self-reliant adults. Information and envelopes are available in the parish office.
Being Cool for School Sock Drive
This annual Sock Drive happens each July and is for children and youth of the Fox Valley to help them prepare for another school year. Donations are given to the Community Clothes Closet to prepare for their annual Fall Family Day. More information will be in the bulletin as to when and where to drop off the socks at church.
Thanksgiving Day Mass Collection
9:00 AM at Church in Kimberly on Thanksgiving Day. You are invited to bring a paper bag of non-perishable food items and place it near the altar when you arrive. If you prefer to make a cash donation, place an envelope marked “Thanksgiving” in the collection. Monies go into the Social Concern savings account and will be given to agencies and persons in need.
Advent Giving Tree
This begins Thanksgiving Day and continues through mid December. Take a tag and bring gifts unwrapped with the tag to the church or parish office. Gifts will be given to our homebound parishioners and agencies in the Fox Valley.
February Pajama Collection
During February we collect pajamas for children and youth for the Community Clothes Closet Pajama-Rama. Many children are gifted with warm pajamas for good sleeping! More information will be in the bulletin as to when and where to drop off the pajamas at church.
Lenten Bottles for Change
This is a monetary collection beginning Ash Wednesday through the Easter Season. Parishioners are encouraged to fast from wants and needs and donate the savings to support agencies in the Fox Valley that help mothers and their children. Holy Spirit Parish provides baby bottles to put your change into and then can be returned at your convenience during the Easter Season.
Green Assessment Tool
This can be used throughout the year. It was developed as a way of celebrating Earth Day April 22. With Saint Francis, the patron of environment, we encourage you to look over the brochure and choose one idea a month for practice in daily life to protect and nurture our earth. You can download the Green Assessment Tool now .
Mother’s Day Rose Sale
This will be held May 10-11, 2014 on annual Mother’s Day weekend after all Masses in the entrances of both church sites. Roses are $2.00 each or 6 for $10.00. We invite you to purchase roses to honor the women who gave us life and support Wisconsin Right to Life for the unborn.