St. Anthony's Food Pantry is operated by St. Anthony's parishioners who are committed to helping those in our area in need of help feeding themselves and their families. The Food Pantry is located at 1000 Jenkins St., TLC East, behind the Msgr. Brigandi Chapel. Our food distribution hours are Tuesdays from 10:00-11:45 am and 5:30-6:45 pm and Fridays from 10:00-11:45 am. For information during these hours, call 429-0041.
The majority of our funding comes from the generous families of St. Anthony of Pauda Church. Oftentimes parish families suggest memorial gifts for loved ones be donated to the Food Pantry. Gift cards are also available should anyone wish to give a gift to the Pantry in the name of a firend or relative.
During the Thanksgiving season, we prepare Thanksgiving food baskets for up to 100 familes.
The purpose of the Giving Tree is to provide parishioners the opportunity to help those in need with gifts at Christmas.
The work of the Giving Tree begins in early November with acquiring names of families to receive gifts. This is done in coordination with the Food Pantry. Tags are then prepared for each family member who receives a Christmas gift. Distribution of Giving Tree tags begins the first weekend of Advent. Each year approximately 65-70 families throughout the community are provided with Christmas gifts through the generosity of St. Anthony parishioners.
Volunteers are always welcome to help with family sign-ups (done at the Food Pantry), preparing tags, distributing tags in the atrium after masses during Advent, packaging gifts by family for pick-up, and helping with the distribution of gifts to families on the Saturday before Christmas.
If you are interested in volunteering to help with this ministry, please contact Connie Thurston (748-9499) or the Parish Office.
Work of Our Hands
The Work of Our Hands Ministry began by making Prayer Shawls for those in need of support. Since its inception, it has made chemo caps, caps for local neonatel units, baby layettes,and hats and scarves to benefit our Food Pantry patrons and sailors who spend Christmas far from home. However the Work of Our Hands is also open to doing new crafts beside knitting and crocheting, to make things for those who may be in need. The ministry meets the 3rd Saturday of each month at 9:30 AM at Judy's Cafe to work on their crafts over coffee, prayer and conversation.
A network of people who contact each other by phone to pray for those who have been identified by others as needing prayer.
Parish Health Care
We are in the process of starting a new Health Care ministry. While monthly blood pressure screenings are important, we would like to also offer health care education and prevention. A support group for care givers is also an area of need. If you are a trained health care provider, we need you. Please call the Parish Office to participate.
Family Life Ministry
Recognizing the needs of modern families, St. Anthony’s is creating a Family Ministry. We are currently seeking families to become a core group that would brainstorm and establish activities that best enhance family life with a spiritual component. If interested please call the office.
Respect Life Ministry
We proclaim that human life is a precious gift from God; that each person who receives this gift has responsibilities toward God, self and others; and that society, through its laws and social institutions, must protect and nurture human life at every stage of its existence.