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Outreach

Since our parish joined the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth in 2015, much of the money that had been used for outreach in previous years is now going to the Diocese in the form of our tithe to them. Ten per cent of our income from 2021 will go to the Diocese for its support and outreach. You may check out their website at www.fwepiscopal.org to see the ministries in which the Diocese is involved, and we through them. As we become more familiar with the workings of the diocese, there will be additional opportunities to become involved.

St. Francis continues its own outreach locally. We support and contribute to Mobile Loaves and Fishes, an Austin-based ministry which delivers food, clothing, hygiene products, and other essential items to homeless persons and the working poor throughout the metro area. We also conduct an annual food drive to benefit the food pantry at St. Louis Catholic Church.

Each fall, St. Francis participates in Operation Christmas Child from Samaritan's Purse. This is a ministry which supplies a box of Christmas presents to needy children around the world. In 2019, St. Francis sent 77 shoe boxes of gifts to these children. In addition, our parish also partners with Trotter House providing monthly contributions as well as donations of diapers and other needs for mothers and their new babies. Our Anglicans for Life group oversees this association.

Finally, on each second Sunday of the month during the year, some of our members have an outreach to a nursing home in the area where they pray and sing hymns with the residents. Along with all of the above-mentioned ministries, this one is open to anyone who wishes to participate.

Fr. Len Giacolone 

 

 
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