We invite you to join in the spirit of Outreach by joining one of our many programs listed below. Please call the Parish Office at 815-725-6880 to inquire about a specific program. We welcome you!
Food Pantry: On the second full week end of each month, parishioners are asked to bring non-perishable food to the narthex of the church when they come to mass. The food is then taken to several food pantries in the Joliet-Shorewood area for distribution to those in need. An average of 400 families are served each month, including a number of Holy Family Parishioners.
Daybreak Homeless Shelter: Holy Family Parish serves evening meals at Daybreak Homeless Shelter, located in Joliet, 12 times per year. In addition to serving the meal, this group also organizes the collection of the food for the menu of the month and coordinates the preparation of the meals.
Harvest Week End: An ecumenical effort in which several Shorewood churches work together to collect, sort and distribute non-perishable food to stock the shelves of area food pantries. Last year there were 350 boxes of food collected and distributed to six area food pantries. This event usually takes place at the beginning of the holiday season in November to provide meals to those in need.
Angel Tree: On the weekend after Thanksgiving Day, the Holy Family Angel Tree goes up in the narthex. It is decorated with over 1000 tags, asking parishioners to donate toys and clothing to make Christmas a little more joyful for those in need. Requests are submitted by several area organizations including Holy Family Parish.
Children’s Service Ministry: Several times throughout the year, the Parish School and Parish Religious Education students, in conjunction with the Christian Service Ministry, are involved in service events and collections to assist those less fortunate. Being involved in parish service events shows the students how to make the best use their time and talents and helps the students be more aware of how blessed their lives are.
Personal Products Drive: Several times throughout the year donations of soap, shampoo, and housecleaning products are requested. These donated items are then distributed to Daybreak and several other area shelters.
Blanket Drive: In September, before the severe cold weather hits, Holy Family has the “Warmth of an Angel” blanket drive. Hundreds of new and gently used blankets are collected and distributed to area shelters.
Back to School Items Drive: In conjunction with Catholic Charities Daybreak Back to School Drive, hundreds of back packs and school supplies are collected and distributed to school children in need.