Every Christian is called to live a life of charity and justice, sharing the Good News of God's love for his people, especially the poor, the widowed, the orphaned and the alienated. Grounded to this mandate of the Gospel and the Social Teachings of the Church, the Outreach Commission is tasked to guide, coordinate and evaluate the ministries of the parish that respond to the many needs of the poor and the needy, in the parish and in the larger community. This commission oversees the following ministries:
During Advent, parishioners donate and deliver Christmas gift cards, personal hygiene items, turkeys, hams, fruits, vegetables, canned foods and treats to our St. Vincent de Paul families. Team members, phone callers, sorters and delivery familes are needed.
Junque & Jewels Rummage Sale
Our annual 3-day parish-wide garage sale is held in the gym on the 3rd weekend of June. Families donate their used goods and treasures which are sold to the public to raise money for the parish. Organizational team members, sorters, haulers, pricers, sellers, set-up and clean-up crews are needed.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The St. Clare Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul serves people in need of food, rent, and utility assistance within the boundaries of St. Clare Parish. Volunteers are needed to respond to emergency requests for assistance, deliver food and maintain our food pantry. For more information on the work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the greater Portland area, please click here.
St. Andre Bessette
Assist other parishioners in preparing and serving a warm meal on the second Thursday of every other month to persons who are homeless or with limited financial resources who live in the Burnside area of Portland. Important as the food is the opportunity to share hospitality with our guests. This is a great opportunity to join with other parishioners in service to those in need. For more information on the St. Andre Bessette Hospitality Center, please click here.
Knights of Columbus
The John Clare Council consists of Catholic men over the age of 18 from St. Clare and St. John Fisher parishes. To find out more about the activities of our local council, please click here to read their blog. Interested in joining? Contact Ted Seeber at 503.318.1508.
Fr. Jim Galluzzo's Toiletries for the Needy Project
Donations of travel-size personal hygiene items are collected throughout the year. During Advent, Fr. Jim and his team sort, wrap and deliver hundreds of toiletry packages to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and the HIV-AIDS Day Center in downtown Portland.
Heaven Sent Meals
Cook and deliver meals for parish families welcoming a new baby. This is a great way to meet the brand newest members of the parish, as well as serve a parish family during the unique time of adjusting to life with a new baby.
American Red Cross
Provide hospitality at life-giving blood drives at St. Clare three times per year.
Participate on a parish team to provide critical repairs and renovations for low-income homeowners in the Portland area once a year in April. Our next work day is April 29, 2017. Interested in helping or need more information? Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Clare Rebuilding Together Leadership Team members include Jane Leo, Andy Conti, Chris Bongen, Doug Ericksen, John Matcovich, Tom Phillips, and Eric Sangster. For more information about the Rebuilding Together Portland organization, please click here.
To volunteer for any of our Outreach Ministries, please click here.