St. Monica Sandwich Saturday Ministry
Advent of 2015 began a new ministry here at St. Monica Parish. This also coincided with the Year of Mercy as declared by Pope Francis. This is such a beautiful act of kindness that involves a very little time commitment, but reaches far in its rewards. Families, adults, teens needing service hours, just about anyone can participate in this ministry.
The peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are rotated between Front Steps Housing (previously called Transitional Housing that was started by some Ursuline nuns) and St. Ignatius High School’s Labre Ministry. High school students distribute the sandwiches directly to the homeless on the streets of Cleveland on Sunday evenings. A volunteer who helps St. Ignatius on Sundays
expanded our outreach to the homeless to include Walsh Jesuit High School where students there do the same thing on Monday evenings in Akron.
We meet once a month – normally the first Saturday of the month. We start at 9:00 am in the lower level of the parish office and are usually finished before 10:30 am. Before the pandemic, anyone could just show up and help us prepare the sandwiches. However, due to Covid 19, we ask you to please call the parish office (216-662-8685) to see if we will have the space to keep everyone socially distant.
This ministry has been blessed these past six years and has survived because of the time, talent and treasures from so many people over the years. They include all those who come to prepare the sandwiches, our devoted Delivery Team, and all those who donate the supplies to keep it going! The dedication is truly heart- warming to witness.
If you would like to help prepare sandwiches, please call the parish office. Donations can also be made by bringing them to the parish office. Normal items that are usually needed are disposable plastic round tablecloths, Jam/Jelly, Peanut Butter, small paper plates, disposable gloves, and Sandwich Bags. Cash donations can also be made to help cover the cost of the bread every month, or any other supplies that we may need.
We purchase the loaves of bread since we are limited to a specific number of sandwiches that we make. We send 300 sandwiches to St. Ignatius/Walsh Jesuit, and 150 sandwiches to Front Steps Housing. If you would like more information about our Sandwich Saturday Ministry, please call the parish office.