Outreach Ministry

Vince Caprio

Diane Norcini

Mission:  We, the family of Our Lady of the Assumption Parish, in our Outreach Ministry are committed to loving service to our brothers and sisters in need.  In community we strive to become living examples of Jesus Christ through many working hands.

The Outreach Program services those in need by the generous donations of time, talent and treasure of our OLA parishioners.  We strive to be aware of the continuing changing needs of our parish.

There is the collection and distribution of non-perishable items from the food pantry, bread donations from Panera’s, and clothing donations throughout the year. The items are distributed to individuals in the area, and to the Patrician Society, the Missionary Sisters of Charity and Piarist missions on the East Coast of the United States.

Outreach provides for the collation of gifts, cards, and booklets to be given to our homebound and those in skilled nursing care through visitations by the Extraordinary Ministers, the Legion of Mary, and the IHM Sisters (when asked).

We assist other non-profit organizations when called upon, e.g., TECares.



Needs Your Help!

Outreach is helping those in need in the OLA Giving Room.

If you find yourself in need, you can reach a member of the Outreach Team by calling the Parish Office at 610-688-1178, email: parishoffice@olastrafford.org, or calling Vince Caprio at 610-644-3482.

Items collected by Outreach:
– Dry & canned food/pantry items
– Frozen casseroles
– Gently used shirts, pants/jeans (sizes 30 – 34) & sweatshirts for homeless men at:
A Brother’s House in Norristown, PA.

– Diapers (size 5 or 6)

We do not accept:
– Electronics of any kind
– Luggage
– Women’s clothing
– Bedding
– Used baby furniture, strollers, car seats or toys

To discuss large donations for pick-up, contact Vince Caprio at 610-644-3482.

Thank you for your generous support of our work!



We continue to collect Personal Hygiene Products,
Toiletries & Diapers (All Sizes). Donations
marked “UKRAINE” can be dropped off in
the Giving Room or arrangements can be made
for pickup by calling Vince Caprio at 610-644-3482.
We thank you for your consideration!

Please contact either Vince Caprio at 610-644-3482,
 or the OLA Parish Office (610-688-1178) to provide
the name, address & phone # of the members of
our community who may be in need of assistance.

– Dry & canned food/pantry items
– Frozen Casseroles
–  Gently used Men’s shirts, pants/jeans (sizes 30 –

34) & sweatshirts for the homeless men at:
A Brother’s House in Norristown, PA!


Casseroles for the Homeless

The OLA Outreach Team thanks the Parish for your
generous weekly outpouring of support by preparing
casseroles for those in need. We are blessed to have
a freezer full of casseroles to distribute to parish &
local families in need. If you would like to prepare a
casserole, pans and potential recipes are available
in the Giving Room. We do ask that each casserole be
labeled with a marker on the lid describing the main
ingredients; such as Tuna Casserole or Chicken and
Rice, as well as basic heating instructions. This is
very helpful to those who suffer from food allergies.

Thank you!


  1. The Brother’s House

  2. Assisting homeless men in Norristown, is in desperate need of
    clean, new socks & boxer shorts (XL & XXL & XXXL).

    Please drop off in the OLA Giving Room.


Always in need of formula, baby food, bottles, diapers & wipes
for its smallest clients.

Please drop off in the Parish Giving Room.


 OLA Poor Boxes

Outreach is an integral part of the Catholic community and our Mission. The money collected from our Poor Boxes, which are located in the Candle Room and in the Vestibule, is used for our Outreach Ministry.

Thank you for your support!


OLA Knitters Needed

Please knit/crochet a hat/scarf/baby blanket for the NICU at Bryn Mawr Hospital.  The drop off bin is in the Giving Room.

Thank you for your support!


In an effort to address the social needs of our Parish, the OLA Pastoral Council is providing the following information, which may be of help to those in need.  Listed are the programs and the local organizations or churches that provide services:


Catholic Social Services – Archdiocese of Philadelphia – 215-587-3903

  • Project Rachel Ministry – Post Abortion Healing

  • Domestic Abuse Support – Support for those in abusive relationships

  • Catholic Social Services

Stephen Ministry – A one-to-one lay  caring ministry that provides high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting, going through a crisis, grieving or just having challenges coping with life’s daily stress:

Hope in Christ, Support for Addiction  – The Archdiocese of Philadelphia offers a two-pronged response to addiction crisis, which aims to attend to the needs of the whole person: body, mind and spirit:

Christ’s Healing Hands Ministry – A ministry for those affected by addiction:

Augustine’s Brothers – A Catholic-centered men’s support and accountability group for men who struggle with pornography, offering help with maintaining chastity and purity:

Divorce and Beyond – A Catholic program designed to help separated and divorced persons to gain perspective on their situation and begin anew.

Trinity Senior Transition – Educational programs about legal, real estate, financial and funeral planning for seniors and their family members/caregivers: