Christ the King has offered St. Vincent de Paul services since 1964. That's quite a legacy and the ministry's success has been due to your continuing generosity. Our parish historically contributes significantly more than the next two most generous parishes in Contra Costa combined. Last year you contributed $154,000 to be used for the less fortunate. Our rules are strict and we are not allowed to use money given to us by you for anything but help for people. Each member attending pays $2 at our own meetings to make sure that computers, paper, ink and such are not bought with donations for the poor.
Our clients regularly express their gratitude for the assistance you make possible. Here's a quick summary of the services we provide: food vouchers to be redeemed at Grocery Outlet; bags of food; bread; produce and fruit; incidentals, ponchos, hats, gloves and sleeping bags for the homeless; clothing vouchers to be redeemed at the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store on N. Main; layette sets for newborns; Christmas boxes; furniture collection and distribution; referrals for eye care and dental service; referrals for payment of PG&E bills and rent assistance.
Beginning with Baptism, symbolic death to the old, selfish way of life, Christians enter the lifelong growing into becoming more and more like Jesus. Each day we practice to love people more, even enemies and people who hate us. Many Christians have found that becoming a member of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society is one way of insuring that they are practicing this kind of love. At Christ the King Church we bring our members into direct contact with persons who, were they our family members, would not have to suffer various needs and indignities that can sometimes oppress the most careful preparations of life. Whole lines of work can disappear because of a change in the way life has been lived for many years, like when on-line buying disrupts retailing. Left without jobs, all kinds of persons have difficulties.
Whatever the reasons, problems do crop up in life and the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Christ the King is there to help. If you have ever visited our parish church office around three or four in the afternoon on Monday through Friday, you probably noticed people lined up for assistance from our Society. This kind of Christian living needs many hands. All of us have
talents and most of us have some time and energy left in our days or weeks that we could invest in helping others feel like members of our family of God. You might be able to pick up some day-old bread to give to our clients, drive your truck with furniture for a needy home, or hand out food to our daily clients. We average 22 client families per day with the
family size ranging from 1 to 12, resulting in helping over 20,000 persons per year.
If we succeed in our efforts, the whole world will come to act like they are one family and, thus, come to know the salvation of our God - just like Isaiah described for us some 700 years before Jesus came. Most of our members are over 70, so we can certainly use some new associates. Can you help us? Just leave your name at the parish office - we'll contact you.
Frank Nieman and Steve Paris
8:00am, 5:00pm (vigil)
7:00am, 8:00am, 9:15am, 10:45am, 12:15pm, 6:00pm (youth mass)
8:00 am, 7:00 pm;
Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament 12 noon-7:00 p.m. (except summer)