The Outreach Group coordinates certain giving initiatives in the parish like the Thanksgiving Drive, the Advent Giving Tree, and Lenten Gospel Giving, as well as work projects for organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and Lazarus House. The mission of the group is to work together on projects within the parish and to help build a community of service that extends outward to our families and to our community at large. All are welcome and you can participate as little or as much as you would like. For more information or to be included in the email mailing list for the group, which provides updates and information about parish activities as well as opportunities in the local community, please contact Karen Bailey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every month, ordinarily on the third Sunday, St. Robert’s collects food to prepare one of the evening meals at the Bread and Roses hospitality house in Lawrence. Currently our menu is beef tacos with a tossed salad and dessert. Look for the monthly announcement in the bulletin for details, or for more information please contact Marian & David Magnan at email@example.com or Lisa Lattari at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Bread and Roses, visit them online at www.breadandroseslawrence.org.
You can support local charity Neighbors in Need anytime during the year by dropping your non-perishable food donation into the bin in the vestibule of the church. Neighbors in Need is a faith-based community organization serving at-risk families and youth in Greater Lawrence. The organization serves more than 500 families per week in food pantries located throughout Lawrence and Methuen. To learn more about Neighbors in Need, visit them online at www.needfood.org.
St. Robert's serves the evening meal at the Lazarus House Holly Street Shelter on the third Sunday of every month, year round. Service takes a team of four about 3 hours to prepare, serve, and clean up after the meal provided for about 30 residents of this emergency residential shelter. You do not need to sign up as a foursome; we can match individuals to make a team.
We also prepare soup, sandwiches, and baked goods for their winter soup truck, which delivers to the Lawrence community January through February. Volunteers for this service will prepare food at home and then drop off at the church on designated weekends. Watch the calendar or the bulletin for dates.
For more information or to sign up, please contact Karen Bailey at email@example.com. To learn more about Lazarus House, visit them online at www.lazarushouse.org/.
Roll up your sleeves 2x year! Once in the fall and once in the spring, a team of volunteers from St. Robert’s does a work day with Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity, usually at sites in Lawrence and Methuen. For more information or to ask about our next date, contact Maureen Abbott at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity, visit them online at www.merrimackvalleyhabitat.org.
You can help the students at Bellesini Academy succeed by sharing some of your time as an evening tutor, usually between the hours of 6:30-8:30 pm. Bellesini Academy is a private, independent Catholic middle school dedicated to providing a quality, scholarship education to boys from limited financial means living in Lawrence. To learn more about the school, visit them online at www.bellesiniacademy.org. If you are interested in volunteering, contact parishioner Paul Esdale at 978-475-1999 or email@example.com, or Julie DiFilippo, Executive Director of the Academy, at 978-989-0004 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Buying fair trade coffee is a tangible way we can put the values of our faith into action. It reminds us there are people behind all the things we consume. St. Robert’s participates in the CRS Fair Trade Coffee Program by committing to the use of fair trade coffee for parish functions and by making it available for purchase to the parish community. Coffee (and, seasonally, cocoa) is ordinarily available on the first weekend of each month for sale in the Gathering Space. Look for the announcement in the bulletin each month.
There is a St. Vincent de Paul clothing drop box located at the back of the parking lot. Donations may be dropped off anytime. Please do not leave items outside the box.