Outreach Ministries

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Caritas is the Latin word for ‘Love’ but is sometimes translated as ‘charity.’ For Thomas Aquinas, the virtue of caritas is our Love for God put into action as love towards our neighbor. Here, nurtured by the Eucharist and by our Faith, our parishioners go out into the world to bring Christ to all they encounter through the corporal works of mercy. In this way they are truly the “eyes, hands, and heart of the Risen Jesus,” working to make the Kingdom of Heaven present here on earth.

The Following Ministries Make up the
Outreach Ministries

 

Baby Corner Ministry
  • We provide assistance to mothers and their young children who are in need. We serve these families by helping to supply some of the essential items to care for their children - clothing, blankets, diapers and hygiene items, and other baby gear. Donations are always welcome and very much appreciated.

  • Coordinator:

 

Burnside Meals
  • We serve 110 men and 65 women in two shelters every second Thursday of the month. We provide casseroles, milk, fruit, bread, dessert and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Donations are always welcome.

  • Coordinator: Rebecca Gaerlan

 

Faith Café
  • Faith Café serves free, hot home-style meals at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ every Sunday and the last Thursday of the month at 5:00 pm for those in need. Local churches rotate weeks. St. Pius X volunteers are needed every 7 weeks (Sundays, 3:30-6:30 pm) for set-up/clean-up, serving, security and dishes.

  • Coordinator: Joan Andersen-Wells

Giving Tree
  • During Advent, this ministry coordinates the ‘Giving Tree’ during Advent. Working with other community groups, they work to collect presents or gift cards for youth in the wider community of Beaverton to make sure everyone has a great Christmas. 

  • Coordinator: Joan Andersen-Wells

 

Habitat for Humanity
  • Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit ecumenical Christian housing ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing worldwide, one family at a time. 

  • Our mission is to: 

    • (1) Facilitate the parish in sponsoring and building Habitat for Humanity homes through the Willamette West affiliate; 

    • (2) Assist in the mission of providing safe, affordable housing to qualified and deserving families in Washington County; 

    • (3) Educate the parish on the many faces of homelessness and accordingly expand our outreach ministry in response to peace and justice concerns.

  • Coordinators: Pat Montone and Maureen Orr Eldred.

 

La Casita
  • Since 2000, the La Casita team has volunteered at Camp Azul, a farm worker camp in Washington County near the town of Scholls. 

  • Some if its annual projects include a School Supply Drive to collect backpacks and school supplies for the children at the camp, and a Christmas gift drive for all residents of the camp. 

  • The group also hosts an annual Christmas celebration at the camp that includes a Mass, dinner, and a visit from Santa.

  • Coordinator:

 

Loaves and Fishes
  • Meets the first Wednesday of the month at the Elsie Stuhr Center located at 5550 SW Hall Boulevard in Beaverton from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm. Those who serve in this ministry package meals for delivery by Meals on Wheels and then facilitate meal service for seniors at the Elsie Stuhr Center Dining Room.

  • Coordinator: Anne Forney

 

Mary's Pantry
  • Mary’s Pantry seeks to provide a positive influence for those who are struggling financially, or with homelessness, by providing a continuing source of nutritional food and toiletries. The program includes two annual food drives, one in the spring and one in the fall. 

  • Those who serve in this ministry are busy for three weeks. The first week the labelled grocery bags are handed out at all Masses. The following two weeks, the food is collected in the Youth Centre and then taken to the Downtown Chapel for distribution.

  • Coordinator: Mike and Nan Fey

 

Meals on Wheels
  • We meet the first Wednesday of each month from 10:15 am to 12:30 pm at the Elsie Stuhr Center located at 5550 SW Hall Boulevard in Beaverton. Drivers deliver meals to shut-ins living in the Beaverton area.

  • Coordinator: Annette Anson

Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • The St. Pius X Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul serves people in need of food, rent, and utility assistance within the boundaries of St. Pius X Parish. 

  • Volunteers are needed to respond to emergency requests for assistance, deliver food and maintain our food pantry.

  • Coordinator: Annette Anson

 

St. Francis Dining Hall
  • Meals are served to the homeless Sunday through Friday at St. Francis Dining Hall located at 330 SE 11thAvenue, Portland. Individuals, families and youth are welcome to serve. The St. Pius X team assists at St. Francis Dining Hall the second and fourth Mondays of each month.

  • Coordinator: Debra DiPaulo.

 

St. Joseph’s Toolbox
  • The St. Joseph’s Toolbox, operated by the Knights of Columbus, provide a helping hand to widows, seniors and single parents in need of modest home repair. St. Joseph’s 

  • Toolbox Knights are very experienced in-home repairs providing a way to get those small projects fixed. A list of contractors for larger projects is available.

  • Coordinator: Knights of Columbus. 

Commissioned by the Pastoral Council

 

Pastoral Council Representative:

  • Joyce Bergstrom

  • Alternate TBD

 

Parish Leadership Team Contact:

  • Fr. Rick LeFaivre

 

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Volunteer for any of our Outreach Ministries

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