Summary of 2018 Missions Ministry Activities
The second annual community wide meal packing event was held in January 2018 in the Holy Apostles multi-purpose room. Our community raised over 25,000 to fund the project and 480 volunteers packaged 110,000 meals for delivery to hungry persons in the Chicagoland area.
Hoppe Family Support The Hoppe Family serve as long term missionaries in Albania. At the request of the Missions Ministry, our parish has pledged annual support of their work. Nathan Hoppe spoke to our community in August 2018.
Once a month, parishioners provided a hot meal for a LaGrange area BEDS shelter site during the 2017-18 shelter season which runs from October to May.
Holy Apostles 5 K Walk and Run.
The 10th annual 5K was held in May 2018. This community wide event generates funds for the Philoxenia house in Rochester, MN, which provides cost free housing to individuals seeking care at the Mayo Clinic.
This marked the third year that Holy Apostles parishioners provided well stocked backpacks to be distributed to needy children in area schools through FOCUS.
A new initiative to assist local PADS was launched in December 2018. Our volunteers assisted at a Hinsdale PADS shelter and welcomed, cooked and oversaw the overnight stay of the homeless.
Local Missionary Assistance. The Missions Ministry is committed to assisting Holy Apostles parishioners who become short term missionaries with fundraising and obtaining supplies. In 2018, we had missionaries serving in Kenya and Korea.
Thomas Sunday; The Holy Prophet Esaias (Isaiah); Christopher the Martyr of Lycea; Monk-martyr Nicholas who lived in Vuneni, of Larissa in Thessaly; Epimachos the New Martyr of Alexandria; The New Martyrs of Novo Selo, Bulgaria