February 2015 Update
Christopher Meehan, Director of Development
Hello from Catholic Charities! It is my pleasure to update you on some of the latest news from our agency.
Looking back on the 2014 Christmas Season, we are thankful for the many individuals, businesses, churches, and organizations that support us. Through the generosity of many people, we were able to help make Christmas a little brighter for those in need. Our annual Christmas Party (sponsored by Xerox of Harrisburg) was a wonderful evening for children in our various programs. Our guests were able to enjoy a fun night of food, crafts, gifts, and pictures with Santa. In addition, the Christmas Season included many donations of toys, gifts, winter coats, and other items for people in need. Christmas is always a special time for us, and we are grateful for everyone who helped us help others this year.
As we move forward into 2015, it is a busy time at Catholic Charities. We recently had our annual St. Elizabeth Guild “Souper Bowl Sunday” Soup Sale at eight different parish locations (Good Shepherd, Holy Name of Jesus, Seven Sorrows, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Joan of Arc, St. Joseph in Hanover, St. Joseph in Hanover, and St. Theresa). Through the efforts of many volunteers who made soup and staffed the sales, and through the cooperation of the parishes that hosted us, we were able to raise more than $6,000 for our Homes for Healing – Evergreen House, Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families, and Lourdeshouse Maternity Home. Thank you everyone for helping to make this year’s sale a big success!
Hopefully the cold weather will end soon and spring, will soon be here. With that in mind, please join us for these upcoming Catholic Charities events:
Soup, Salad, and Sermon – March 3rd
Our annual Soup, Salad, and Sermon Lenten Lunch will take place on Tuesday, March 3rd at 12:00 p.m. at the Cardinal Keeler Center. Bishop Ronald Gainer will be our guest speaker. There is no cost for this event, although a freewill collection will be taken to benefit the Adoption Program. To register for the lunch, contact Christopher Meehan, Catholic Charities of Development, at 717-657-4804 (ext. 284) by phone or email@example.com by email. All are welcome!
Interfaith Shelter Golf Classic – May 11th
Our annual Interfaith Shelter Golf Classic will take place on Monday, May 11th, 2015 at Blue Ridge Country Club in Harrisburg, PA. The schedule for the day includes:
11:00 a.m. – Registration and Boxed Lunch; Practice Area Available
12:30 p.m. – Shotgun Start (18 holes with cart, scramble format)
6:00 p.m. – Dinner and Sports Memorabilia Auction
In addition to golf, lunch, and dinner, the day includes registration gifts for all golfers, various skill prizes, team prizes, and an exciting hole-in-one contest. Registration is $100 per golfer, and various sponsorships are available. All proceeds benefit the Interfaith Shelter for Homeless Families, a residential facility that keeps families together when facing a homeless crisis.
Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community – May 16th
On Saturday, May 16th, Catholic Charities will be one of many Harrisburg-area organizations participating in the annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. The Walk for a Healthy Community is a wonderful opportunity for us to raise much-needed dollars for Lourdeshouse Maternity Home. The event is presented by Highmark Blue Shield, who underwrites the cost of the walk so that 100 percent of the money raised by walkers supports the participating organizations.
The Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community is open to people of all ages. The walk is also accessible to strollers and wheelchairs. Nonaggressive dogs are welcome at the walk on a leash. Anyone/everyone interested in participating is welcome to join us.
Thank you for your continued interest and support of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Harrisburg. We are blessed by the work we do each day to provide help and create hope for those in need and grateful for the generosity of our benefactors. If I can help answer any questions, please contact me at 717-657-4804 (ext. 284) by phone or firstname.lastname@example.org by email.