Mother and Child Shower
“Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward.”
Psalm 127: 3
The Justice and Peace ministry will host an “April Shower” to support the three shelters for pregnant women as listed on the Diocese of Orange website. These local non-profit Orange County organizations provide food, shelter, and support for homeless pregnant women, and training so they can build a better future for themselves and their children. Donated items will be collected after all masses on the weekend of April 28 and 29, and given to the women in the shelters for Mothers’ Day. Suggested items are:
For Babies For Mothers
Blankets Nursing aids: pads, creams, pillows
Bottles, bibs Comfort items: slings, carriers
Pacifiers, teethers Lotions, body oils, soaps
Clothing, Size NB – 2T (girls & boys) Walmart, Marshalls or Ross - Gift Cards
Lotions and soaps Nursing milk storage bags
Porta crib sheets size 16 x 28 Deodorant
Non-scented baby wipes SPF 15 lip gloss
Booties neutral in color Women’s undergarments 7 & 8
Gallon and quart zip lock bags Toilet paper
The three recipient organizations will be Casa Teresa in Orange (www.casateresa.com), Mary's Path (formerly Mary's Shelter) in Santa Ana ( www.maryspath.org), and Precious Life Shelter in Los Alamitos (http://www.preciouslifeshelter.org). Casa Teresa’s mission is to save lives by providing a temporary home and ongoing support for pregnant women age 18 years and older who are alone. They provide emergency maternity and family shelters, counseling, and programs designed to build self-confident and self-sufficient women. Mary's Path provides a loving home to pregnant minors committed to carrying their babies’ full term and teen mothers and their babies needing support services. This organization strives to break the negative cycle of teen pregnancy: abortion, high-risk births with premature and low birth-weight babies, interrupted education, repeat pregnancy, poverty, dependence on public assistance, and child abuse and neglect. Precious Life Shelter provides residential support services in a safe, loving environment for homeless, pregnant, adult women with no place to have their child. The services include career planning, life skills development, health and nutrition education, instruction in childbirth and parenting, and drug diversion and counseling, which allows each woman to regain stability and become self-reliant for themselves and their child. Please help us bless these mothers and babies by supporting these three organizations!
Help Build a Habitat for Humanity Home
A “Catholic Coalition” of parishes in the Orange Diocese is going to partner with Habitat for Humanity to build a home for a homeless veteran family in Tustin. Work will start soon, and the home will take about a year to construct. Saint Bonaventure is going to pick a day or two to provide volunteers, and you are invited to join us. It should be fun to spend a day working together while at the same time helping a needy family get into a home.
You don’t have to have construction skills to work on the site (the Habitat team provides training and supervision), but you do have to be willing to work 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM on the day we pick (with your input). Volunteers must sign a waiver and must be 18 to work unsupervised. Teens 16-18 can work if a guardian is on site, who can supervise multiple teens. Younger kids can be part of a family “lunch bunch” crew bringing lunch for the workers, which is really helpful. Families can also sign up to build playhouses off-site.