Christian Social Concerns
This dedicated group of parishioners provides food, clothing and referrals for those in need who come to St. Mary’s for help. Assistance is provided each Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:00–2:45PM. In operation since 1965, volunteers provide help by interviewing clients, assessing their needs, bagging food and stocking shelves. Each Sunday a food basket is placed in the narthex of the church for donations and brought forward at the offertory at both services.
Please check in at the latest by 2:30PM. We are closed on some holidays. Please call the office for more information, (831) 373-4111.
Each December, parishioners sign up to provide Christmas gifts for children whose families are receiving help from local Mental Health Services.
The Fund for Homeless Women
The organizers of the Fund are the Rev. Michael Reid, Kathy Whilden and Marian Penn, who can be reached at: (831) 915-7799, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by mail at Fund for Homeless Women, P.O. Box 2352, Monterey CA 93942. For more information, please consult the Community Foundation for Monterey County website: www.cfmco.org or call (831) 375-9712.
Walking Together (WT) is an outreach ministry of St. Mary’s that works for social justice in the Monterey Bay region. WT offers St. Mary’s parishioners an opportunity to participate in public life, taking the values of justice and respect for the dignity of every person and making them manifest in the world. We are developing the relationships and the skills of leadership, reflection, and action that can bring the good news to life.
Episcopal Relief & Development
This fund offers immediate assistance to victims of natural disasters and civil strife throughout the world. Also, grants are made to help support ongoing educational and rehabilitation projects.
About 25 churches on the Monterey Peninsula sponsor this community outreach program. Once a month a group of parishioners gather in Edwards Hall to prepare and share a hot meal with twenty homeless men enrolled in the program. Overnight shelter is provided.