Our Lady of Sorrows Parish fully embraces our ministry to give comfort and support to those less fortunate in and around our community. 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. It establishes, supports, and coordinates programs that respond to the human needs of our parish and community. Its goal of direct service and action for change includes an array of service opportunities:
South Oakland Shelter
Red Cross blood drive
Christmas Giving Tree,
Another Way Pregnancy Center,
Thanksgiving food drive.
Veterans Stand Down
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.