Are you available to pickup bakery at the Fairview Park Giant Eagle on the first Sunday of every month for the Back Door Ministry? This is an easy task and a great way to participate in this ministry. Please call Cathy Jacob 440-773-0829 or cathy. jacob3@gmail. com. Thanks!
St. Malachi welcomes Raquel Jones who is the new Co-Coordinator for the Backdoor Ministry with Guy Biasiotta. This will enable us to staff the Backdoor Ministry fully each day, so that, with our volunteers we can continue to serve hungry people each day at the highest standards.
A special word of appreciation to Guy Biasiotta who has so generously and faithfully served on a full-time basis what was supposed to be a part-time position! He has done a great deal to recruit more volunteers, increase food donations and find new ways to serve everyone.
The BackDoor Ministry is running low on fresh ground coffee, powdered coffee creamer, & yellow mustard. The Clothing Ministry needs clothing: jeans, jackets, t-shirts, socks & underclothes for men, women & children. All clothing should be seasonal (spring/summer), clean & in good repair (general rule: if you would not want to wear it, discard it, don’t donate it). Please consider donating to these two ministries so that we may continue to feed and clothe those in need.
contact Guy Biasiotta at the rectory, (216) 861-5343 or Backdoor@StMalachi.org.
The renovation of the rectory kitchen to better serve our Backdoor Ministry is underway! This project is being funded through the St. Malachi share of the Rooted in Faith, Forward in Hope campaign.
It began on Monday with the removal of appliances & everything that remained from operating the Backdoor Ministry over the weekend. Then, the team from Hurst remodeling moved in and began work. This week has been a week of “deconstruction” — removing cabinets & taking down walls. It is amazing to see the outside brick walls from the 1880’s (the kitchen area is from the “new” part of the house)!
The Backdoor Ministry continues to operate daily out of the hall kitchen during the week & Malachi Center on week-ends with a simplified “bag lunch” offering.
Photos below are courtesy of Hurst Design-Build-Renovation. Stay tuned for updates!
This week, St. Malachi received an acknowledgement card, the kind that usually are sent to those who offer condolences when a person has died. Although the printed verse was typical of such cards in expressing appreciation, the note was not:
Thank you for making your showers available, feeding and clothing my son and treating him like a human being.
You take in and help the most lost of the lost (heroin did this to my son) – regardless of whether they have a warrant or not. They still need the basics – even if they live under a bridge as my son did for a time. He spoke to me often about the love he felt there – not the disgust for himself he felt when the police had him (which was often). They looked on him like he was a piece of dirt. Thank you for loving the (at times) unlovable.
You do God’s work every single day. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
My heart grieves for this family, who has lost a son. How tragic. I pray that he may be at peace with the Lord, free at last from heroin and from everything that kept him so broken and bound. [Read more…]