The Annual St. Francis House Winter Clothing / Coat Drive is ON!
This important clothing drive runs until January 27th, 2020
St. Francis House serves approximately 35 clothing appointments per day, 175 full sets of clothing per week!
Please join us in helping our brothers and sisters by donating clean, practical clothing. Your efforts and generosity are appreciated by the thousands who come to St. Francis House each year for a fresh pair of clothes in times of need.
Items in highest demand are as follows:
• Pants (especially jeans): sizes 30-38
• Footwear, new (especially boots): sizes 9-14
• Sweaters and sweatshirts, coats, hats, gloves and scarves
• Shirts and white T-shirts : sizes M– 5XL (These are given out daily!)
• Underwear and Socks (new/packaged) — a MUCH-NEEDED ITEM THIS YEAR!!!
• Coats & Jackets
• Underwear and socks (new/packaged)
• Women’s T-shirts and plus size clothing of all types
All items must be clean, in good condition, at most, gently used. Both men’s and women’s items are always needed, but the biggest demand is MEN’s ITEMS.
Drop-offs will be accepted in collection bins located in the back of both churches.
The Annual St. Francis House Clothing/Coat Drive is sponsored by the Social Justice Commission.
Join our next Social Justice Commission Meeting on Jan. 28th
Pope Francis said in Evangelii Gaudium, “realities are more important than ideas” (2013). Catholic Social Justice is informed by the prophetic challenge offered by the experience of those suffering from injustice: women, communities of color, the economically exploited, and all whose dignity is denied by unjust systems and structures.
The St. Julia Parish Social Justice Commission meets on the last Tuesday of each month alternating between Lincoln and Weston. At our December meeting we highlighted the following:
• The annual winter Clothing & Coat Drive for St. Francis House this year will also include a request for white socks. (See program details below.)
• Efforts will continue to be made to reduce energy waste, especially at St Joseph’s in Lincoln where the process of replacing older inefficient windows and fixtures continues. Successful social justice efforts often requires working with interfaith groups. In the past St. Julia partnered with other churches to renovate homes in low income areas of Boston – https://www.rebuildingtogetherboston.org/
• This work can continue with Massachusetts Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Our group also spoke about the importance of the recent Papal statement against the use of the death penalty and the role of groups like Catholic Mobilizing Network as they seek to prevent the reinstatement of federal executions. https://catholicsmobilizing.org/
There is more work to be done and we need help prioritizing parish concerns. Please consider how you can contribute to our efforts and add your voice! Our next meeting takes place:
When: 7pm on Tues., January 28, 2020
Where: Parish Center Conference Room, St. Julia’s Church in Weston