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Helping Others

October 3, 2009

A new group has formed in St Clement’s, Philadelphia, the Helping Others Group. No doubt in the Roman communion it would be called the St Vincent de Paul Society, but I rather like the direct  name we have chosen. No one can be in any doubt what it is for.

So far, we have not done a great deal. Last Christmas, we bought and wrapped gifts for elderly people who are house-bound. These were distributed through the Episcopal Community Services. We also cooked and served dinner for about twenty homeless men in Trinity Memorial Church’s Winter Shelter on one day per month. Also once a month, we delivered the food and clothing collected during the previous month, to St Mary’s, Bainbridge St where it is used for their soup kitchen.

In the coming year, we hope to expand all these efforts and also to cooperate with St Mark’s church, who have been given the task of reopening the church of St James the Less and getting its school going again. This will  not be an easy task, but it will be of great benefit to the people of that area, and we hope to work with Fr Sean Mullen and his helpers from St Mark’s in reviving this lovely Anglo-Catholic church and its school.

All of this requires funds, and that is always a problem in the present economic climate. So if anyone who reads this blog can spare something for this, I’ll be glad to see that it is used for the Helping Others Group’s work. One suggestion was to call our new group the “Inasmuch Group” from our Lord’s words: “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” but I think “Helping Others” is more immediately understandable. You can help them from a distance if you will. Many thanks.

One Comment leave one →
  1. ambly permalink
    October 5, 2009 8:20 pm

    Delighted to hear you’ll be helping with St James the Less. We need help! Blessings on your Helping Others Group.

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