Our Lady of Guadalupe Health and Wellness Ministry

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The Poor and Needy Among Us – You May Have Noticed, January 2017

Ministry Contact: Maureen Sapelli (maureenm23@gmail.com)

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish has many wonderful parishioners and dedicated ministries. One ministry endeavoring to provide, for members and parishioners, the opportunity to practice some of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy is the Health and Wellness Ministry.

This ministry, with its two sub-ministries, has more than 60 members including a very active core of more than 30 and is always seeking new members. Members do not need to be health professionals and are welcome to participate as much as their “time, talent, and treasure” allow; no amount of assistance is too small.

Among many, opportunities include:

  • “Feeding the Hungry” and “Give Drink to the Thirsty” via monthly food drives delivered to two local food banks as well as preparing meals for parish members in need;
  • “Sheltering the Homeless” as an Apartment Partner of the Bucks County Housing Group (BCHG.org) and via the work of the Ministry’s Life Help Group;
  • “Visit the Sick” via operating parish blood drives, visiting the homebound, providing respite care for family caregivers of sick parishioners, and providing meals for ill or recuperating parishioners and their families;
  • “Give Alms to the Poor” and “Clothe the Naked” by means of clothing drives, school supply backpack drives, grocery store gift card collections, and, of course, baby blankets for Haiti created by the Ministry’s Prayer Shawl Group; and, additionally,
  • Knitting and crocheting prayer shawls, for anyone needing the comfort and warmth of the shawl and the prayers put into its creation, and baby blankets for every baby baptized at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

“I thank the ministry members for their hard work and dedication and the OLG parishioners for their generous, unwavering support. Both are so amazing.”, says Maureen Sapelli, ministry leader of the OLG Health and Wellness Ministry.

Some highlights from 2015:

  • More than 11 tons of food collected at food drives – more than 5 tons above 2014;
  • 112 meals provided to parishioners;
  • 108 prayer shawls provided to parishioners – almost double the number in 2014;
  • 50 baby blankets for Haiti;
  • 43 backpacks for children at the shelters and food pantry at the beginning of the school year;
  • Birthday presents and cupcakes for every child (20) at the Bucks County Housing Group Doylestown Shelter;
  • Distributing of nearly $2,500 in gift cards donated via the “Doll House Drives” or purchased with funds from the Franklin Street Giving Tree Foundation;
  • 173 units of blood (519 components) collected at two of the parish’s American Red Cross Blood Drives.Statistics OLG Health and Wellness Ministry 2015