Each year at Christmas, the Winnie Hooper Center in downtown Mooresville, provides St. Patrick’s with a list of names of local children in need. These names are distributed to our community members a few weeks before Christmas. Our members purchase, wrap and label these presents from the children’s wish list and return them to the Church a few days before Christmas. The Outreach Committee loads all the presents up and delivers them to the Winnie Hooper Center. The presents are then put under the tree in the family home.
Each year at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, the community of St. Patrick’s assists a number of local families by providing a complete holiday meal.
Ingredients are purchased and the food packaged and delivered to the Winnie Hooper Center in Mooresville, where they are then picked up by the families.
This allows for families to enjoy the festiveness and dignity of preparing their own holiday meals. Typically between 25 and 30 families are fed at each holiday (approximately 250 people).
In addition to an abundant festive meal, staple grocery items are provided each family to help stock their pantries for the periods in between these holidays.
Just One Can
Working with the Mooresville Christian Mission food pantry, St. Patrick’s provides groceries to those in need in our community. In 2016, the parish contributed 1,770 lbs of needed food supplies to families served by the Mooresville Christian Mission food pantry.
Mooresville Soup Kitchen
This new food ministry and partnership with the Mooresville Soup Kitchen began in April of 2013. Twice a month, on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, groups of 6-8 St. Patrick’s prep/chef volunteers help to prepare packaged and frozen meals for the soup kitchen home delivery and take out meal program. Together, in 2016 volunteers prepped and sealed meals to help MSK attain the goal of 111,000 sealed meals to deliver during the year. The Soup Kitchen appreciates the dependability and hard work of the St. Patrick’s team.
Room in the Inn (RITI)
St Patrick’s provides comfort, shelter and a meal to homeless adults from the Charlotte region over the cold winter months through the RITI program. Our giving supports the overall program which helps Urban Ministries to provide over 18,000 bed nights throughout the cold winter months.
Back 2 School Bash
For the last few years St. Patrick’s has participated in the annual Back to School Bash headed up by West United Methodist Church in Mooresville. This program provides free school supplies, food, haircuts, books and shoes to children K through 12. Last year the overall campaign provided supplies to over 1,500 students. As in prior years St. Patrick’s got behind this program to the extent of filling the entire back of a SUV with school supplies.
Hispanic Outreach Ministry
The purpose of this ministry is to bring awareness to the struggles of Hispanic immigrants in our community. Its focus is to highlight biblical teachings related to immigrants and to better understand the economic and political misconceptions associated with immigrants and immigrant policy. By obtaining a better understanding, we can focus on similarities rather than differences.
Its newest program is Reading Buddies for Hispanic elementary-aged children and their families implemented in January 2017 on Sundays from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Volunteers for this program as an English language reading buddies are needed throughout the year. In addition, a monthly parent program will offer parents tips for supporting their readers at home, as well as guest speakers to address other concerns of immigrant families.