St. Anthony's, Groton, performs many ministries - Catholic Courier

St. Anthony’s, Groton, performs many ministries

Recent outreach efforts have been numerous on the part of the social-ministry committee at St. Anthony’s Parish, Groton.

Among the group’s activities in the past year: cleaning up McLean Catholic Cemetery; making baby quilts for ABC Quilts, which helps at-risk babies; raising funds for and sending Christmas cards to an orphanage in Nigeria; providing refreshments for volunteer home-builders for low-income families; providing clothing for migrant farm workers as well as women returning to the work force; and circulating petitions against human cloning and in support of migrant-worker rights.

Additional efforts include collecting school supplies for needy students in local schools; collecting personal-need items for the Samaritan Center in Ithaca; providing Christmas gifts for area needy children and nursing-home residents through a Giving Tree; raising funds in conjunction with St. Anthony’s youth group for the Groton Food Pantry; other ongoing support for the food pantry; supporting Operation Rice Bowl for Catholic Relief Services at Lent; sponsoring a float in the Old Home Days Parade; sponsoring American Red Cross blood drives; organizing a Mother’s Day flower sale to benefit Birthright of Ithaca; collecting Tops register receipts to benefit Family Connections, an adoption outreach in Cortland; and organizing a support-group directory.

“Our faith is profoundly social. Therefore, we cannot be called truly ‘Catholic’ unless we hear and heed the church’s call to serve those in need and work for justice and peace,” stated Jeanne Petrella, chair of St. Anthony’s social ministry.

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