Each year, St Francis Xavier parish has a Lenten Almsgiving Project. Past projects include helping our Sister Parish in Cartegena, Colombia, the Sisters of Charity in Cartegena, The Himalayan Cataract Project, Eleanor’s Project, our Diocesan Guatemala Mission, Doctors Without Borders, the Water Project.
2017 Lenten Project:
This year’s Lenten Project will focus on Jesuit Refugee Services. St. Francis Xavier Parish is going to support the Global Education Initiative which provides educational materials and instructors for children living in refugee camps throughout the world. Additionally, St. Francis Xavier will participate in raising funds to support the education of recently arrived refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo who are currently attending St. Joseph School Early Education Program. For more information and to make a donation, please view this document. Thank you for your support of the 2017 Lenten Project!
2016 Lenten Project:
As part of our focus on the year of mercy, Rachel’s House will be modeled after a successful pilot project that we, along with other faith communities have been supporting for six months at a property owned by Missoula’s First Presbyterian Church, named Hogan House, after one of their long-time members.
We will be raising funds to put homeless families into temporary housing in a parishioner-owned home, working in collaboration with the YWCA Gateway Program.
In addition to funds for rent of the property, we will be looking for good, new or slightly used household items and for volunteers to “mentor” the families toward meeting their goals.
With more and more families finding themselves in a homeless situation and with waiting lists several weeks long, many find themselves in desperate need of a roof over their heads while they search for a permanent solution.
As Church, we are asked to perform the corporal works of mercy. Help us meet the needs of one family at a time by contributing to our Lenten Project, Rachel’s House.
2015 Lenten Project
Thank you to all who donated from their talent and treasure for this year’s Lenten Project! We have been able to raise enough money to purchase the following musical instruments for our sister parish youth band:
- an acoustic/electric guitar
- a bass guitar
- a keyboard
- a set of congas
- a set of bongos
A great group of volunteers helped with Ministry of Hands in St Ignatius/Jocko Mission!
And, in our food drive, we collected 1300 pounds of food in the reverse collection and placed an order for 156 cases of cans!
“Charity cannot be neutral, indifferent, lukewarm or impartial! Charity is infectious, it excites, it risks and it engages!” – Pope Francis