26 March 2020

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

This crisis has most directly impacted those who have become ill (whom we hold in prayer daily – click here for prayer resources).  It has also though caused loss of employment and wages for many more, leaving individuals and families in dire straits.  Our local non-profits who serve those in need are seeing an increase in need in our local community while at the same time some of the normal sources of food and donations are being interrupted by the crisis.

The Need is Great:

  • Saint Katharine Drexel typically provides almost half of the all the donations taken in by the Frederick food bank through our weekend food collection.  As Father Keith mentioned in a recent Konnection, we are resuming food collection for the food bank in the vestibule of the church offices in the school building from 10:00AM-3:00PM throughout the week.  If you have extra nonperishable food items you would like to donate we will collect them and deliver them to the food bank to continue to provide for our brothers and sisters during this difficult time.
  • In the current crisis the emergency family shelter operated by the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs has been closed and families have been placed in motels.  The Religious Coalition is currently seeking non-perishable items (click here for the list) to support the families who are sheltered in place. Please call 240-578-5158 to arrange dropping these items off at our Resource Center.

But Hope Remains:

  • The Frederick Area Ministerial Association, an interfaith association of local faith communities of which Saint Katharine Drexel Parish is a member, voted to donate $4500 to the Covid-19 Emergency Relief Fund set up by the United Way of Frederick County to aid area non-profits assisting those in need during this time.
  • Frederick County Public Schools is serving to-go meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner for any child under the age of 18 at a variety of sites throughout the county.  Children do not need to be already qualified to receive free or reduced lunch through their school or even to be students within FCPS.
  • The Frederick Community Action Agency continues to operate the health center (daily 9AM-5PM), foodbank (Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri 2PM-4PM), and soup kitchen (daily 5:30PM-6:30PM for carryout).
  • In collaboration with the Salvation Army, the Frederick Community Action Agency is mobilizing its Food Bank to serve local seniors and families. Food bags, which hold three to five days worth of food, are being delivered to Taney Village and Catoctin Manor to serve over 150 seniors. Deliveries will occur once per week at this time and future locations are being considered.

As we continue this strange and strained walk toward an Easter unlike any we have had before Saint Katharine’s continues to be Eucharist-centered, welcoming community, giving selflessly in realization of the Kingdom of God.  If you are in need, do not hesitate to ask and utilize the resources available, and if you are able to aid the efforts in our community through donating food at the parish or through other local organizations please know that you are giving to your brothers and sisters and you are also giving to Christ.  “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40)

 

Blessings,

Brian McCrohan

Pastoral Associate

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