It is with a grateful heart that I write to thank our Wantagh neighbors and the parishioners of St. Frances for their generosity and selfless support of the Outreach Office during these difficult times.
Over the past few weeks, the concern for those suffering has resulted in a wave of charity and kindness aimed at uplifting our neighbors. Since the stay at home order was put into effect, the Outreach Office has remained open. Almost immediately, we started receiving food donations, and recognizing the scarcity of paper products, many of us donated these items out of our own supplies, bringing the Lenten gospel of self-sacrifice to life. These donations were delivered to the elderly, sick, and needy in our community by volunteers.
In the Outreach Office, I hear the same refrain, “What more can I do?” In these times, I think of Isaiah 6:8: “Then I heard the Lord asking: Whom shall I send? Who will go for us? And I said, Here I am, Send Me!” I am proud to be part of a community that answered the Lord through these difficult days and so loudly proclaimed, “Send me!” That proclamation is heard through your efforts, your charity, and your kindness. In these uncertain times, I take comfort in knowing that, as St. Paul reminds us, “God did not give us a spirit of cowardice, but rather for power and love,” (2Timothy 1:7), and that I am part of a community which is using that power and love to shine in a dark time.
In the weeks ahead, the Outreach Office will continue to work together with our neighbors and parishioners to care for each other and all those who are feeling the physical, economical, and emotional effects of this virus. Please continue to donate what you can spare, including food, paper products, your time, and your compassion. We know that this community will continue to answer the Lord, “Send me!”, and we will confront this challenge together.
God Bless You,
Ele Ruth Melendez, Director
Parish Social Ministry