St. Anthony Catholic Church
Davenport, Iowa
Weekly Email Newsletter
Something is NOT Right with This Situation
by John Cooper

As things exist today there are no homeless shelters in the Quad Cities that can accommodate a family! If you are a single woman or man, there's shelter thanks to Humility Homes and Services which recently stepped up to insure that the cities only overflow shelter at Kings Harvest opened this month. If for you are a homeless family, there's currently no place for you to go.

As we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, we recall that there was no room in the inn for the Holy Family in Bethlehem. That was just as a sad situation 2000 years ago as it is today for homeless families in the Quad Cities. And so...families live in cars, are forced to split up, or throw themselves at the mercy of the police.

The root issue is a lack of affordable housing in the Quad Cities. According to the Out of Reach Iowa report...
  • A minimum wage earner working full time can’t afford even a studio apartment in any of Iowa’s 99 counties
  • 350,000 people rent places to live in Iowa and 140,000 of those are "rent burdened" meaning they spend more than 30% of their income for housing.
  • An Iowan worker making the minimum wage ($7.25/hour) couldn’t even afford a studio apartment in any Iowa county. They would need to work 65 hours per week to pay for a one-bedroom apartment, or 83 hours per week for a two-bedroom.
  • To afford a two bedroom apartment in Scott County, a person needs to make $14.96 per hour or $31,120 a year.

We see the desperation everyday at St. Anthony's. For instance, last Friday evening a desperate woman called who had just been released from the hospital after having a hysterectomy. She had put down $300 on an apartment prior to the surgery. When she went to move in, she found out that she needed an additional $500. In tears, she was driving around the Quad Cities looking for a place to stay as her four children sat in a room at one of the areas seedier hotels. Alexis Lellig, one of the persons becoming Catholic this year in our RCIA program is a social worker and she was gracious enough to help this woman.

In the short term, we ask that you use your voices to encourage our local leaders to address the lack of shelter space for families. There has to be a short term fix for this winter.

In the long term, we need to address the lack of affordable housing in the Quad Cities. Efforts are currently underway to create an affordable housing plan. I've been attending those meetings. I'll keep you posted!
Hunger Housing Health
Task Force Formed
There are a good many organizations and people assisting those in need. Our McAnthony Window is one of them. However, often times we work in our own "silos." Recently, we formed the Hunger Housing Health (HHH) Task Force to bring people and organizations together...to be on the same page. See QC Times story below that highlights HHH's first meeting held at St. Anthony's.

DON'T FORGET
CHRISTMAS BASKET DELIVERY IS SATURDAY

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT 7:15 A.M. TO PUT BASKETS TOGETHER
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED AT 8 A.M. TO DELIVER BASKETS
LIBRARY PARKING LOT BEHIND CHURCH
HAVEN'T SIGNED UP, JUST SHOW UP AND WE'LL PUT YOU TO WORK!
Adult Faith Potluck Christmas Party and Program on Thomas Merton this Wednesday
On December 19th Adult Faith Formation will have a Christmas-themed potluck at 6 p.m. Please bring a dish or dessert to share. Following the potluck, we will watch a video about Thomas Merton. Throughout its history the Church has faced ups and downs. Strong men and women of faith, many of whom are now saints of the Church have emerged on the scene to show us how to overcome turmoil by deepening our faith. Father Thomas Merton, a 20th century Trappist monk and prolific writer was one of those individuals. We will discuss his spirituality and how it might help us as Catholics today.
McAnthony Window Christmas Party December 21

We will have a special Christmas meal for our patrons of McAnthony Window on December 21 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Feel free to make a vegetable dish, salad, or dessert for the meal. Let John Cooper know, if you plan to make something. As a Christmas giveaway - you are welcome to donate socks, hats, gloves, underwear for men and women. We will also accept toy donations that we can give out to patrons who have children. Donated gift items can be dropped off at John Cooper's office prior to December 21. If you have any questions, please email . Rumor has it that Santa might make a special appearance at the Window that day!
Adoration & Divine Mercy Chaplet Friday Evening
Don't miss Adoration and Divine Mercy Chaplet Friday, December 14 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. Anthony's. This candlelight experience of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament is a truly special experience to help you get the most out of Advent.
Advent Reconciliation Service - Saturday, December 15

The sacrament of Reconciliation offers you freedom. Freedom from anxiety, worry, and guilt. Freedom from what can keep us separated from the love of God. Freedom from sin. Not going to confession at least once a year is like not going for a yearly health check up with your doctor. Four priests will join Father Apo in the service that begins at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, December 15. Check out the video about going to confession.
Mary Mahler of the Sweet Arts G roup
Dropped off 36 dozen Christmas Cookies for the Window