The Loaves and Fishes ministry at St. Jude’s Catholic Community was privileged to take part in ACTION’s Serve Day on June 6. Our Eye to Eye ministry (collecting used eyeglasses for those in need) had volunteers at Kick-Off locations to pick up eyeglasses which participants had collected at their churches. We were delighted to receive 568 pair of eyeglasses (429 of them new reading glasses!) and 21 magnifying glasses and mirrors. We understand more donations are still coming in!
The used eyewear will be given to the Moorpark Lions Club who has them refitted for citizens who would otherwise be without. The new reading glasses will be donated to service agencies assisting local homeless or very low-income residents.
We are so grateful for the time and effort you gave to help us in the ministry. It is with joy that we facilitate your generosity. Please feel free to drop eyeglasses at St. Jude’s in Westlake. We will happily pass them on with our regular collections. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We look forward to working with you again next Serve Day.
This year, a group of seniors received a very special Easter surprise made by a women’s ministry group and delivered by a local church. These Easter bags were lovingly made for each senior at the apartments with their needs in mind. Each bag containing food, essentials, goodies, and a special gift for the senior. As the church joyfully delivered the bags with a “Happy Easter” greeting, many of the residents commented on how long its been since they’ve received anything for Easter and how much they appreciated being thought of and cared for in this very special way. What a simple joy it is to serve someone in such a sweet way.
Reflecting on the joy of that day and the love that was showed to those seniors, I’m reminded of the greatest example of love that has ever been shown for us all; the crucifixion . For Christians the world over the significance of Easter is paramount. It represents the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The crucifixion displaying the unconditional love and forgiveness of God and the resurrection giving us the undeserved gift of eternal life. The picture painted through the bible is vividly clear, “The Gospels do not explain the Resurrection; the Resurrection explains the Gospels. Belief in the Resurrection is not an appendage to the Christian faith; it is the Christian faith.” (John S. Whale)
Taking care of the least of these.