Christ House

Christ House

Our parish started a Dinner Service Project in January 2015, with a handful of volunteers who make up St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee.  Since then our Committee has grown to include Friends of St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee.  Via our parish dinner project (hosted at Christ House in Alexandria every month with a 5th Friday) we support Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington who believes passionately in a future without hunger.  

Right now,  219,000 (Feeding America) people in our diocese are food insecure—they do not know where their next meal will come from.  Christ House in Alexandria serves dinner for between 50 and 70 men and women, and a few children, everyday.  Founded in 1973, Christ House provides food to the hungry, shelter to the homeless, and clothing to those in need.  Christ House hosts up to 17 men in transitional housing and helps individuals recognize their abilities, develop self-sufficiency, and maintain their self-respect.

Bishop Loverde Serving at Christ House

Through our parish dinner service projects at Christ House, we support the mission, vision, and virtues highlighted below as we pray to our parish church patron, St. Raymond of Peñafort and St. Thérése de Lisieux, “the Little Flower,” and St. “Mother” Frances Cabrini, dedicating our work and efforts to God as we follow the examples of these and many great saints in their witnesses of charity and service to others.  As Pope St. John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI,  Pope Francis, and our church’s most recently canonized saint, St. Teresa of Calcutta have taught us, good works of charity, mercy, and compassion–love in action, accompany us on our faith journeys as we give God all the glory.

Vision:  To uphold the dignity of every dinner guest at Christ House in Alexandria when St. Raymond’s hosts a dinner every month with a 5th Friday.

Mission:  To help grow a culture of justice and charity in today’s world through prayer, fellowship, and service to our neighbor.

Shared Virtues:  Justice and Love

Patron Saints:  Mary, Help of Christians, St. Joseph, St. Raymond of Peñafort, St. Thérése of Lisieux, St. Mother Frances Cabrini, and St. John Bosco

Dedicated to:  Pope Saint John Paul II, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, and Pope Francis

A.M.D.G.:  As. St. Ignatius of Loyola would teach, “Ad majorem Dei gloriam,” To God be all the glory!

Christ House in Alexandria is located at 131 S. West St. Alexandria, VA (703-539-8644)

Founded in 1973, Christ House provides food to the hungry (a warm dinner meal 24/7, hosted by our Diocese’ parish groups), manages a food pantry which currently is in URGENT NEED of resupplying (see for details), shelter to the homeless, and clothing to those in need (a Thrift Shop is adjacent to Christ House Dining room and offices in Alexandria).  Christ House helps individuals recognize their abilities, develop self-sufficiency, and maintain their self-respect.  It offers limited assistance to individuals needing help to pay their rent, utility bills, prescription bills, and other expenses.
Volunteers are needed to fill a wide variety of roles at Christ House in Alexandria.  Volunteers work in the food pantry, staff the Thrift Shop, assist with the evening meal, answer  phones and provide information and referrals to people coming to Christ House in need.  Volunteers also help out with painting, cleaning windows and rugs, and washing dishes.  Learn how to volunteer today.

Directions:  From 395, take the Route 7 East Exit to Old Town Alexandria (Exit 5). Route 7 becomes King Street. Stay on King Street. Turn right onto south West Street (which is after Peyton Street). Go down South West Street one block to intersection.  Christ House is on the right side at the corner of South West and Prince Streets.

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Calling ALL Friends of St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee
and fellow parishioners and friends of parishioners!

Do you want to help our parish host a special dinner for guests

who visit Christ House and serve Jesus in those who are hungry?

Feed the Hungry.  “Then the King will say to those on his right hand (the sheep), …. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink.” 35a ….And the King will answer them, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”40  Matthew 25:35a; 40.  
Sign-up sheets for donations to Christ House are in the narthex this weekend!  One may also follow the project on the Parish Facebook page.
Menu for Dinner at Christ House on Friday, March 31, 2017
Help Feed the Hungry:  St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee is inviting you
to help us prepare dinner for guests at Christ House by donating any of the following
this week, by THURSDAY at 7 pm or FRIDAY by 12 noon:
A huge “Thank You” to all who stepped up yesterday and today to help with the remaining food donations for this week’s Friday dinner at Christ House in Alexandria!

Drop off is in St. Raymond’s parish hall at kitchen window!
Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  To God be all the glory!
Saint Raymond’s Christ House Committee
Menu:  Pasta Cake (similar to Lasagna Pie), Greek Salad, and Fruit for Dessert
Please contact St. Raymond’s Christ House Committee, Dinner Coordinator, Maria Sanchez-O’Brien
at OR 571-259-7379 (c) with your donation and contact information.


* Greek Vinaigrette Recipe will be out in narthex

Recipe link for Greek Salad Recipe click here

Recipe link for Greek Salad Dressing Recipe click here (substitute the red wine vinegar with Apple Cider Vinegar)

Video on how to make healthy salad dressing click here

Food Items are due on Thursday March 30 in the Parish Hall between 6:20 am and 7:30 pm
or in the Parish Hall on Friday March 31 No Later Than 12 noon.

“Do whatever He tells you.”  Jn 2:5

 Make “Snack Packs” at Home for individuals enduring food insecurity right here in our Diocese.  Catholic Charities Diocese of Arlington (CCDA) began the Snack Pack Home Project at Thanksgiving last year, a project in which one puts together Food Kits to DROP-OFF at designated parish locations in our Arlington Diocese.  This opportunity offers one a chance to provide snacks to those individuals who endure food insecurity right here in our diocese, 219,000 folks.  Snack Packs you and your family and/or friends make may be dropped off at St. Bernadette’s AND will be distributed to those in need throughout our Diocese by Catholic Charities. Click here for a flyer or pick one up in the Narthex.  








Click  here to see more about Catholic Charities.

To view and print the Volunteer application Evening Meal Form click here

To view and print the Volunteer application Short Version Form click here

To view and print the Liability Form for Youth Volunteers click here

To view and print the “How to sign up as Evening Meal Volunteers” click here


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