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.
BACKPACKS FOR STUDENTS IN TOGO, AFRICA
A couple of months ago, I started a project of sourcing and giving backpacks to school kids in one village in Togo. I wasn’t sure I would be able to fulfill it. However, I told myself that, if I could give a backpack to kids from one grade at a time every year, I would be able to make it gradually. By divine providence, a member of the Parish discovered my project. With our beloved Pastor, Fr. Carey’s approval and support as well as his dynamic staff, the entire Parish got involved. To my great surprise, you all came to my help, and we were able to gather about 1533 backpacks, thus exceeding my 1500 backpacks expectation. Thank you to Vince Caprio and the Outreach Team for all their efforts in making this happen. God bless all.
School in Togo resumed on Monday, September 26, 2022. On Tuesday, the group helping to distribute the backpacks was in a village in the South West of Togo called Daliko. There they distributed the 100 additional bags only to the elementary school girls. On Thursday, the group went to Doufouli to distribute the bags in all the grades, starting from 1st grade to 10th grade. The village has no high school. We had a few leftover backpacks. Since the last academic year, some kids have dropped out of school, and others have left the village for high school. The additional bags were distributed in the nearby village called Troukpan.
Thank you is insufficient to express my gratitude and the joy of all the school kids who received these backpacks. By the grace of God, they will study hard and be successful…a success that a number of them may not achieve if it were not for these backpacks that help keep their notes and textbooks safe. God bless you all for your generous donations. And may He bless the kids in their education.
Grazie, Gracias, Merci, Thank you for your support and help. May God richly bless you!
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Augustin Kassa., SMA