Social Action Committee

“Who is my neighbour?” Luke 10:29

Through the Social Action Committee, Blessed Sacrament parishioners offer food, clothing, shelter and other requirements of daily life to people who need them.

How You Can Serve

As a volunteer, you have many options. You can attend meetings, act as a liaison, telephone people, drive them in your car or help them petition for assistance. Our volunteers are called on to be discreet and sensitive. Want to volunteer? Contact the Parish Office at 613 232 4891.

Committee Areas of Operation

The Social Action Committee operates in the following areas:
(link each of the bullets to the corresponding subhead)

Food

Blessed Sacrament parishioners support the Centretown Emergency Food Centre. The Centretown Emergency Food Centre is sponsored by a group of 23 local Churches including Blessed Sacrament Parish. The food, which is generously given by parishioners each week at the entrance of the church, is brought to the Food Centre. Visit their website here http://www.cefcottawa.org.

Located at Centretown United Church (Bank and Argyle), the Centre offers the needy a 3 to 4 day supply of nourishing food, according to the size of their family. The Centre helps over 9,000 people a year.

Blessed Sacrament is a member of the Centretown Churches Social Action Committee (CCSAC).

When you drop off food in the bins in the Blessed Sacrament vestibule, you help us help those who rely on CCSAC.

St. Vincent de Paul Activities

In emergencies, parishioners and others turn to Blessed Sacrament for clothing, furniture and other household goods. Blessed Sacrament carefully considers each request. We can respond by giving vouchers for the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Wellington Street store. In 2015, we also held a very successful clothing drive to which our parishioners generously answered the call.

When you give to this store, you support the work of our parish.

Immigration and Refugee Affairs

Blessed Sacrament’s has helped new migrants and refugees since the 1970s. Then, our parish sponsored a family from Cambodia whose members became Canadian citizens.

Today, we are in regular contact with the Catholic Immigration Centre. We are pleased to welcome our Syrian Refugee family (from Jaramana – East of Damascus) who arrived in Ottawa on January 1, 2016. We have found an apartment and moved the family in. We have also helped the family set up for life in Ottawa by opening bank accounts, getting a phone, registering for language training and schools etc.

Christmas Hamper Program

Blessed Sacrament parishioners support the Centretown Emergency Food Centre Christmas Hamper program by generously giving through non perishable food supplies or monetarily. Our donations help to this end as well as to its ongoing operations. Learn more about the Food Centre from their excellent website http://www.cefcottawa.org.

Thank you for you generosity in helping the poor and marginalized -Gods beloved children.