OUTREACH AND CARE
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’" Matthew 25: 34-40
Ever mindful of these words, the Parishioners of the Kouga Catholic Community have formed themselves into three separate, but mutually supportive, Groups to care for the needs of their immediate communities.
The Three Groups are:
THE JEFFREYS BAY CARE GROUP
ST VINCENT DE PAUL, HUMANSDORP
SEA VISTA CARE GROUP, ST FRANCIS BAY
“Every tin of food, every beanie, every shoebox that goes out of the door of our churches is Eucharist going out to the community. This Parish has always been generous and caring to a fault—long may it continue. May the Lord Bless you for your wonderful efforts” - Fr Paul Fahy.
THE JEFFREYS BAY CARE GROUP
The Jeffreys Bay Care Group is an extremely active and supportive Group, involved in a variety of activities, including:
- Regular weekly distribution of food parcels to indigent families and individuals.
- Support for the JBay Recycling Project
- Providing material for the making of hoodies, pyjamas etc for the children of Pellsrus and Oceanview
- Knitting & Crocheting beanies and blankets for distribution throughout the year.
- Food and materials supplied to the Ethembeni Crèche in Hankey
- Food and other support for the Tokyo Sexwale Crèche in JBay
- Support for the Mother and Baby Clinic
- Involvement in the SOS Soup Kitchen project—making soupSupport and participation in the annual Knit-A-Thon and Christmas Shoe Box projects
- Supply of Stationery parcels for indigent children at JBay Primary
- Knitted teddies child rape victims and other needy children (Thanks to Sybil for knitting most of these)
- Material and logistical support for the Loving Hands Prayer Blanket Project,
- Visits to the elderly and the sick.
“Without the generous support of our Parishioners, we would not be able to undertake many of these activities. Thank you—you have helped touch many lives”.—Dick Carter.”
Interested in joining the Group?
Contact Dick Carter on 082 587 9330
The JBay Care Group meets on the fourth Saturday of the month at St Clare of Assisi in J’Bay
ST VINCENT DE PAUL
The Kouga Catholic Community chapter of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, based out of St Francis of Assisi Church in Humansdorp, is also engaged in a broad spectrum of support for the community. Its activities include:
- The provision of food for up to three different soup kitchens.
- Provision of regular food parcels to destitute families and individuals,
- Emergency support for the needy (ie new furniture and a temporary home for a couple whose house was struck by lightning and burned down, and a new wheelchair for a handicapped man).
- The SvDP chapter also provides blankets, food and clothes for a number of township crèches.
- Annual projects include the supply of blankets to more than 100 people during the winter, and more than 150 Christmas Food hampers are handed out at that special time of the year, as well as distribution of Knit-A-Thon products and Christmas shoeboxes.
This small group of people (usually 3, and never more than 5), under the leadership of Lyndon Muller, has held the banner of the Church very high in the Humansdorp community for many years.
For more information, contact Lyndon on: 083 321 1456.
SEA VISTA CARE GROUP
The Sea Vista Care Group, recently re-constituted, currently consists of four members, who are involved with specific hands-on projects in the community.
The Wisecare Group is a group of people from Sea Vista with diseases and disabilities ranging from strokes to diabetes.. Members of the Sea Vista Care Group assist at a weekly workshop for these people at which a limited range of medical support (blood pressure and sugar level monitoring) is provided, and the people are taken through simple exercises. A meal is provided, and simple crafts and skills are taught
The Babycare Project involves the distribution of basic new-born layettes for indigent (especially single and teenage) mothers
The Group provides logistical and financial support, when needed, to two local soup kitchens.
Other activities include involvement in a “Sponsor a School Child” programme in which members of the community are asked to sponsor an indigent child with basic uniforms, stationer etc. Members of the Group also collect second-hand clothes for distribution to the destitute in the community.
For more information contact Christine on 082 404 5996.
SPECIAL PROJECTS - KNIT-A-THON, CHRISTMAS SHOEBOXES, PRAYER BLANKETS
These are Parish-wide projects. supported by and supporting all three Care groups.
KNIT-A-THON—This is an annual event, under the sponsorship of the JBay Care Group, at which ladies of the parish gather on a Saturday early in May to knit beanies, scarves and even bedsocks for distribution to the needy of the three communities during the winter. Knitting continues through the month of May , and the products are distributed in early June.
CHRISTMAS SHOEBOX PROJECT—In this project, Parishioners (and other interested parties) are asked to start placing small gift items into a “Shoebox” every month from about July every year. The boxes are completed and decorated in December and distributed just before Christmas to brighten up the Christmases of those most in need in all three communities.
LOVING HANDS PRAYER BLANKET MINISTRY.– This is an outreach project with a difference. Sponsored by the JBay Care Group, this Ministry gives specially handmade and blessed “blankets” to those most in need of upliftment, comfort and support through prayer, especially the sick. Nearly 100 blankets have been supplied by this Ministry, not only locally, but across the country and internationally, too.
For More information on these projects, contact Sylvia on 073 194 6958.