Social Action Activities

Welcome to the Social Action Committee Activities Page!

  • Over time we have in successful and enlightened fashion managed a number of community focused events, many of which are listed below.
  • As with any work of charity, we can always improve our mission with added support and direction.
  • We invite you to review some of our purposeful events below and welcome your involvement – simply reach out to the listed contact and we’ll help each other through the process.
  • Keep in mind we are open to new suggestions regardig what activities to engage in and on how we can further our outreach to the community. We hope to see you soon!

Come to the Table

Mrs. Kathy Alber     203.393.1986     kalber@aol.com

The purpose of this program is to provide food to a family from the food pantry on an emergency basis throughout the year. The names of all families receiving food are maintained on a confidential basis. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Holiday Food Baskets

Mrs. Nanci Brochinsky     203.393.9209     nancibro@yahoo.com Mr. John Reilly  203.387.1051    jnlnreilly@sbcglobal.net

The committee provides food baskets for needy families in our local communities during the holiday seasons. Parishioners donate groceries and gift cards for specific families who have been referred by local human service organizations. If you know of, or wish to assist a local family in need, please do not hesitate in contacting us.

Christmas Angel Tree

Mrs. Anne McDonnell   203.393.3164     mcdonnellind@att.net

Mrs. Nancy Slugaski      203.828.6273    nrs594@yahoo.com

The Christmas “Angel Tree” program collects and distributes donated toys and gifts from our parishioners for needy children in the Bethany and Woodbridge areas, schools in the Greater New Haven area including St. Francis/St. Rose, St. Martin dePorres Academy and Clinton Avenue School. Parishioners generously donate toys and gifts, however, organizing and distributing these hundreds of toys requires a team of dedicated people. If you would like to help on this project please contact us.

The Giving Tree

Mrs. Nancy Coffey    203.389.1848      ncoffey735@optonline.net

The idea for “The Giving Tree” is to try to draw children into the feeling of giving during Lent season. Parents encourage their children to do good deeds for others during Lent. As a reward they may take a piece of candy from the Giving Tree, which is set up in the church vestibule. The Giving Tree not only teaches children about the importance of kindness to others, but also teaches them the virtue of patience.

Polly McCabe Collection

Mrs. Adair Luciani    203.397.0867      pollytmc@aol.com

Each year on Mother’s Day weekend, parishioners donate new and used baby furniture and clothing for infants and children. The items are collected and distributed to the Polly McCabe Center in New Haven for teen mothers. While the focus of the collection is Mother’s Day weekend, baby items can also be donated and delivered throughout the year.

Parish Breakfast Fundraisers

Mrs. Barbara Bessinger   203.389.7709     barbbeeqb@yahoo.com

The Parish Family Breakfasts usually take place in the fall and spring after our 9:30 A.M. Sunday mass. Here adults, children, family and friends all get to enjoy a complete home cooked breakfast served buffet style. The profits primarily assist in purchasing food for the Holiday food baskets distributed by the Social Action Committee.

Spring Cleanup Project

Mr. John Reilly    203.387.1051       jnlnreilly@sbcglobal.net

A Parishioner /Family in need of spring clean up will be selected by the social action committee. The committee members and other volunteers will assist in this project. Consider joining or come to a meeting and meet us.