Christian Service


The Christian Service Commission exists as a model and resource to enable the entire Parish community to put the social teaching of the Church into action. Within its various programs, Christian Service is both a working and advisory group to the parish on how best to meet the needs of those seeking help within our Parish, local community, and beyond! 

The Christian Service Commission meets on the 4th Monday of the month (September- June) and has a variety of service opportunities available. These opportunities include:

St. Christine’s Soup Kitchen & Pantry
St. Patrick Senior Center
St. Aloysius Neighborhood Services
Winter Clothing Drive
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Christmas Giving Tree
Lighthouse/ SOS Homeless Shelter

Paper Angels Ministry


Two of our largest Christian service projects are the Giving Tree program, which takes place during Advent, and Shelter Week which takes place at the end of January and beginning of February.

Through the Giving Tree program, we support the needs of families from ten different parishes and organizations that minister to the poor and marginalized.  Through this beautiful ministry, and the Adopt a Family Program,  we are able to provide over 2000 Christmas gifts to people in need.  


During Shelter Week, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish partners with South Oakland Shelter to provide temporary shelter and support to help homeless individuals and families working towards independent living.  In order to provide care and comfort to our guests during this week, we need the loving response of 300 volunteers willing to give of their time, talent, and treasure.