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)
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.
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?
“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.
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