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 1:00–2:00 PM. 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.
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.
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.
Our Little Roses
Our Little Roses (OLR) is an organization dedicated to rescuing Honduran girls from situations of risk, including abandonment, neglect, and/or abuse. This ministry began in 1988 as an initiative by Dr. Diana Frade, who at the time was spearheading various programs with her husband Leo Frade, then Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras. With education as the cornerstone of her vision, Diana created a place where girls could live together and attend school in the community. There, she and her staff cared for, empowered, and educated girls so that they could grow up surrounded by love and have options in the future.
To this day, OLR is a Honduran-run, externally-funded non-profit organization, comprising a residence for 65 girls of all ages, a co-ed bilingual school, a mountain retreat center, a medical clinic, and a dental clinic.
Although the faces of the girls have changed over the years, the goal of empowering and transforming the lives of the girls born into abject poverty remains the same. When a child is granted shelter, food, and education, she can start to entertain the idea of a different future for herself and her peers. In a country with a high school graduation rate of 13% (Education and Policy Data Center, 2018), 99% of the girls at OLR graduate from high school. Many go on to attend university and even graduate school. College graduates include teachers, business women, bilingual interpreters, a dentist, a mechanical engineer, a psychologist, and the current coordinator of the home.
Since 2010, St. Mary’s By-the-Sea in Pacific Grove has supported Our Little Roses Ministries through fundraisers, weekly prayers, and visits. On five occasions, our parishioners have traveled to San Pedro Sula to live on the property for one week and volunteer in any capacity that is needed. In July 2020, we hosted the inaugural virtual summer camp since we could not travel in person due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Parishioner Kirsten Matsumoto works full time for OLR, spending several months a year there. For more information, contact Kirsten at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ourlittleroses.org.