Community Outreach Meeting, July 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Backpack drive a huge success
Thanks to dozens of parishioners who contributed to the Church World Service “backpack” drive in May. In all, 24 backpacks were filled with useful items for refugees and asylum seekers. The backpacks are destined for unaccompanied minors and families and include essentials for their transition, such as nonperishable food and water, children’s activities, a blanket and basic hygiene items, including face masks.
The drive took place over three weeks in May. Participants selected items to donate from an “angle-tree” style bulletin board set up in the Spanos Foyer. The backpacks were delivered to the Church World Service distributor on May 25.
Other Outreach news:
- Sunday school parents sponsored the May 17 meal at the Reinhart House, and Vacation Bible School participants will sponsor the June 21 meal. The Reinhart House provides affordable housing and meals to out-of-towners visiting loved ones in the intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Hospital.
- Thanks in part to Nikos Loucas’ Eagle Scout project, John B. Cary Model Elementary School was awarded a Green Ribbon by the U.S. Department of Education. Nikos’ project included the building of a pavilion and garden beds at the school. The teen, along with others from the school, will attend an award ceremony in Washington, D.C. in July.
- The May 17 Red Cross blood drive at the Cathedral netted 16 units of blood from 24 donors. A date has not yet been decided for another blood drive.
- The Cathedral is participating in a Habitat for Humanity home build on Friday, July 29. Eight volunteers over the age of 18 are needed for the project. Interested parishioners should contact Katherine Boege at email@example.com.
- The next meeting of the Cathedral Outreach Ministry committee is scheduled to be held at the Cathedral on Tuesday, July 19 at 7 p.m. All are welcome to attend. If you know of a worthy project the committee could support please contact our chairman, Jim Katsaros at (804) 241-1632 or firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Outreach committee continues to explore ways in which it can help those in need during these times. If you have suggestions for ways the committee can help in our community or if you would like to participate in its meetings, please contact the cathedral office.
Community Outreach Ministry Vision
To grow closer to the broader Richmond community through acts of service as a Cathedral family and, by this, unite ourselves to Christ.
To achieve this Vision, we will:
- Help build awareness of existing outreach activities at the Cathedral
- Be a resource to facilitate involvement and participation of Cathedral parishioners in outreach activities
- Serve as a sounding board for expanding the scope of volunteer outreach
- Sponsor community-wide activities (outside existing organizations) targeted for the local community
- Coordinate Cathedral response to national & international crisis/emergencies
Community Outreach Ministry Members:
Jim Katsaros, Chair / Parish Council Liaison
Tom Kazas, Co-Chair / Communications Director
Father Nicholas Bacalis, Sponsor / Inspiration
Key Ministry Champions:
Calypso Bletsos, College Student Ministry
John Bletsos, Companionship Ministry
Ruth Catherines, Philoptochos Liaison / Saints Cosmos & Damianos House
Mark Chronis, IOCC Liaison: Emergency Supply Drives & Tennis Tournament / Fisher Guest House Meals
Gina Guinn, FeedMore / Food Drives
Elaine Hall, Clothing Supply Drives
Nikki Katsaros, ICU Comfort Kits
Katherine Boege (Bradely), Habitat for Humanity Programs
Krista Loucas, Elementary School Ministries / Micah Initiative
Greg Silvestri, Reinhart House Guest Meals / FeedMore & Food Drives
Martha Sotos, Medical Services Ministry, Blood Drives
If you would like more information contact the cathedral office.