St. Peter's parishioners give second-annual 'Day of Service'
CHARLOTTE — Building upon last year's successful Day of Service, more than 140 volunteers from St. Peter Church in Charlotte performed corporal works of mercy at 10 non-profit organizations the morning of April 14. This second-annual event began last year as part of the 25th anniversary of the Jesuits staffing the historic parish, and it continues as a parish-wide ministry.
Volunteers included families with children, young adults, longtime parish members and newcomers.
Among the organizations that were assisted this year are: Crisis Assistance Ministry, Druid Hills School, Habitat for Humanity ReStore Book Fair, Habitat for Humanity Construction Project, House of Mercy AIDS Walk, Loaves and Fishes, McCreesh Place, Parks and Recreation, the Urban Ministry Center and the YWCA Central Carolinas.
Projects ranged from staffing a book fair to spreading mulch for a playground.
A hot dog picnic and time to share insights from the volunteer experiences were enjoyed by all following the morning of service.
A second Day of Service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, when a "Summer Thanksgiving" meal will be provided for the Missionaries of the Poor and the Urban Ministry Center.
Days of Service 2012 committee members are Maureen Murphy, Liz Ryan, Judy Smith and Scott Vitez.
For more information, go to www.stpeterscatholic.org/days_of_service.
— SueAnn Howell, staff writer
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Read and listen to homilies posted regularly by pastors at parishes within the Diocese of Charlotte:
- Fr. Frank Cancro at Queen of the Apostles
- Fr. Patrick Earl at St. Peter in Charlotte
- Fr. John Eckert at St. John the Baptist in Tryon
- Fr. Timothy Reid at St. Ann in Charlotte
- Fr. Benjamin Roberts at Our Lady of Lourdes in Monroe
- Fr. Patrick Winslow at St. Thomas Aquinas in Charlotte
- Watch full Masses live and on demand, listen to homilies and reflections from Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury
- Listen to homilies from St. William Catholic Church in Murphy