Service Opportunities through St. Margaret of Antioch Parish
Catholic Relief Services Spotlight
Each week our Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Ambassador provides our parish with a CRS Spotlight on a particular country and issue that needs attention and donations. The CRS Spotlight is featured weekly on our parish email blast and can be viewed on our website’s Faith and Justice page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or comments.
Food Collection Weekends
Non-perishable foods and paper products are collected and delivered for the Archdiocesan Community Food Distribution Centers. These centers provide food for 120,000 people each year at forty food cupboards throughout Philadelphia. Food is accepted and packed after each mass on the second Sunday of each month. Assistance is always needed. To donate or to volunteer for pick-up and delivery, contact Henry Hockeimer at hockeimerH@ballardspahr.com or call 267.210.1993.
HOPE [Helping Other People in Emergencies]
A group of parish volunteers of all ages who visit the homebound, provide transportation to hospitals and doctors, and shop. Volunteers are used on a rotating basis for one or two hours monthly. New members are always needed and interested volunteers can contact Robert Ritzco at email@example.com or call 610.649.3973.
Lower Merion Summer Cafe
With the help of Nutritional Development Services (NDS) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, a small geographical area within Lower Merion was identified as containing greater than 50% of children who qualify for free or reduced meals. In order to help combat food insecurity within Lower Merion, a working team of members from the Lower Merion School District and over 15 congregations of various faiths in Lower Merion established a Lower Merion Summer Cafe for children under 18 years of age within Lower Merion during which they can receive a meal and join other children for sports, games, and other activities.
Planning for next year’s Summer Cafe is underway.
Volunteers can assist with food distribution and clean-up, program development and implementation (leading arts and crafts, games, and sports). Can sign up to volunteer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
St. John’s Hospice
Consists of a group of volunteers who provide casseroles monthly for St. John’s Hospice. A coordinator provides the recipes and a container, which are also available in the vestibule of church. casseroles are due at the school parking lot on the second Wednesday of the month by 9:30 AM. St. John’s also accepts men’s toiletries, new sheets, and towels. Interested volunteers can contact Teresa Myers at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610.664.3770 ext. 10
Dickens Festival is an annual tradition in Downtown Narberth held each December, drawing thousands and becoming the fastest-growing holiday festival in the Philadelphia area. Dickens-themed event, the town of Narberth is transformed into 1840’s London, as Ebeneezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and all the characters from A Christmas Carol roam the streets for an afternoon. This past year, St. Margaret Parish and School participated in the festivities as a vendor and as a performer! Volunteers are needed in various capacities to help make this day an incredible experience. Interested volunteers can contact Nicole Bazis at email@example.com. Thank you to all parishioners, musicians, visitors, and volunteers to help make this day an incredible experience!
MLK Day of Service
In conjunction with Villanova University’s MLK Day of Service, St. Margaret Parish seeks to embrace and share the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the wider parish community by embarking on an annual Day of Service. During the past year, St. Margaret Parish coordinated a Donation Drive with Refugee Families who are in contact with Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia.
Villanova University Day of Service–Fall, annually
Held each fall in conjunction with Villanova University’s Day of Service, St. Margaret Parish coordinates to provide a day of clean-up and activity around St. Margaret Parish and St. Margaret School.