Ladies of Charity
Their primary function is to assist the poor. They channel financial support to local organizations to give direct aid to those in need. After all Masses on the first and second Sunday of the month, parishioners contribute clothing, food and other items to the Sharing Van in the parking lot. They also help in area soup kitchens and contribute to the needs of the individuals. The Ladies of Charity sponsor the Thanksgiving food drive and the Christmas Giving Tree. They assist the bereaved by providing and serving food after funerals. Their support comes from the Treasure Mart in July and the Craft Show in the fall, plus donations from private contributions and the parish.
Cincinnati Archdiocesan Ladies of Charity
"Those who love the poor during life will have nothing to fear at the hour of death."
- St. Vincent de Paul
Founded in 1617 by St. Vincent de Paul, the Ladies of Charity is a worldwide association of practicing Catholic women who seek every opportunity to make Christ present in the lives of the sick, the poor, and the lonely. Ladies of Charity help to serve both the material and spiritual needs of others by volunteering their time to direct outreach programs (such as soup kitchens and visiting the sick) and to fund-raising activities (such as the Craft Show and Treasure Mart) whose proceeds go directly to serving the needs of the poor - stewardship of time, talent and treasure.
Any practicing Catholic woman who is 18 or older from any parish in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is welcome to join! There are currently women in the organization who range from young professionals to retired senior citizens. Whatever your age, whatever you do, you will find life's greatest fulfillment comes through serving those who need you.
There is no strict time commitment! It's as little or as much time as you have available and there are plenty of opportunities throughout the year to help. Ladies of Charity activities include, but are not limited to:
|Feb 4-5, 2012||Hope Emergency – serves poor in Adams, Brown, Highland and surrounding Counties with food and household goods|
|March 3-4, 2012||Mother of Christ Food Pantry - serves poor in St. Bernard-Winton Terrace Area (Fr. Shappelle)|
|March 17, 2012||LOC Investiture Mass - 11:30 a.m. and Luncheon in Parish Center 12:30 - 2 p.m.|
|April 7-8, 2012||Hope Emergency – serves poor in Adams, Brown, Highland and surrounding Counties with food and household goods|
|May 5-6, 2012||Mary Magdalen House-Over the Rhine. Serves homeless by providing showers and laundry|
|May 19, 2012||LOC Planning Meeting - 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. E/W Room|
|June 2-3, 2012||Hope Emergency – serves poor in Adams, Brown, Highland and surrounding Counties with food and household goods|
|July 16-20, 2012||Treasure Mart (Set up Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday) - Parish Center|
|July 21, 2012||Treasure Mart (week long collection and organization for sale on Saturday)-largest fundraiser for LOC - PC/Cafeteria|
|Aug 4-5, 2012||Hope Emergency - Back-To-School items in addition to regular needs|
|Sept 1-2, 2012||Welcome House - homeless shelter for individuals and families in N. Kentucky|
|Sept 15, 2012||LOC Planning Meeting - 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. E/W Room|
|Oct 6-7, 2012||Mother of Christ Food Pantry - serves poor in St. Bernard-Winton Terrace Area (Fr. Shappelle)|
|Oct 20, 2012||Craft Fair|
|Oct 27-28, 2012||Thanksgiving Food Drive Sign-Ups - Parish Center|
|Nov 3-4, 2012||Thanksgiving Food Drive Sign-Ups - Parish Center|
|Nov 10-11, 2012||Thanksgiving Food Drive Drop-Offs - Parish Center|
|Nov 24-25, 2012||Giving Tree Sign-Ups - Parish Center|
|Dec 1-2, 2012||Giving Tree Sign-Ups - Parish Center|
|Dec 8-9, 2012||Giving Tree Drop-Offs - Parish Center|
The Ladies of Charity is a great opportunity to expand or enhance your volunteerism as well as to become more involved in and connected with the Parish, to feel part of the parish community. Please consider joining the Ladies of Charity to bring God's love to someone who needs it!
To Serve Rather Than to Be Served - In Humility, Simplicity and Charity