Parish Food Pantry
Our food pantry is kept stocked through the generosity of our parish community. Forget-Me-Not-Weekends are an invitation to the parish to bring non-perishable food donations to the Fr. Ed Center on the first weekend of every month. Our own food pantry is restocked each month. Food is available to families in the community who are experiencing a temporary need for assistance. A portion of our collections is shared with our sister parish, Our Lady of Victories as well as the Fr. English Center, both in Paterson.
Eva’s Village - Preparing Chili
St. Patrick Church has partnered with the Eva’s Village for many years. Eva’s is a comprehensive non-profit social services organization whose mission is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and provide medical care to the poor.
In addition to preparing chili, many of our parish groups are actively present at the Eva’s Kitchen in Paterson.
One weekend a month we invite the parish to sign up to prepare chili for the homeless and working poor of Paterson who rely on Eva’s Village for food. Sign-up sheets and information is provided in church each month to participate in this ministry which is active year-round. Volunteers prepare chili at home and deliver it to the Fr. Ed Center to be transported to Eva's Village in Paterson. The prepared chili needs to be frozen and placed in the freezer of the Fr. Ed Center kitchen the weekend after sign-up no later that 9:30am. Volunteer drivers from the parish pick up the chili to bring to Eva's Village by 10am.
Eva’s Village: evasvillage.org
Fr. English Center
St. Patrick Church has partnered with the Father English Center for many years. We minister with them regularly around their food pantry, and Christmas giving programs. The Center is a social services agency of the diocese of Paterson serving the changing needs of the poor. They serve as a resource for other professional agencies, parishes and the wider community.
Family Promise of Morris County
Family Promise of Morris County, formally Interfaith Council for Homeless Families of Morris County, is dedicated to ending the crisis of homelessness faced by families in our area. Family Promise partners with religious congregations, among other organizations, to provide temporary shelter and services such as information and referrals for job training and affordable housing, in hopes of breaking a cycle of generational poverty.
St. Pat’s works with Stanley Congregational and Long Hill Chapel, providing temporary shelter for 14 people, for one week- Sunday to Sunday- four times a year. Family Promise serves mostly single mothers and their children. The children spend each day in school, while the mothers either work or look for employment and affordable housing, knowing that they will have a warm meal and safe place to sleep that night.
The guests actually reside at Stanley making St Pat’s a support congregation. As a volunteer, you are responsible for staffing the host site, cooking a meal, spending the night or cleaning-up.
Christmas in a Box - Giving Tree
During Advent an opportunity is provided for individuals and groups within the parish to supply gifts for families facing financial difficulties. Families are helped locally as well as those at Our lady of Victories and The Father English Center in Paterson. Dates and information for participation are announced in the bulletin and at mass. Christmas in a Box touches the lives of entire families that have been identified by the parishes or organization. The giving Tree is a less specific collection of small gifts for those in need. The tree, with ‘gift ornaments’ is located during Advent in the Fr. Ed Center.
For more information about this ministry contact: