"You shall love your neighbor as yourself."

Everyone can get involved in the Samaritan Ministry. Turn making sandwiches into a family tradition in your home.

Everyone can get involved in the Samaritan Ministry. Turn making sandwiches into a family tradition in your home.

The Samaritan Ministry at St. Michael Parish is a simple and rewarding way to become involved in our parish community. The Samaritan program provides basic needs to those who are struggling, such as transportation to area doctors, hospitals and grocery stores and food shopping assistance. We also support many local organizations including:

  • Cranford Family Care

  • St. Joseph’s Soup Kitchen in Elizabeth

  • St. John’s Soup Kitchen in Newark

  • Raphael’s Life House in Elizabeth. Volunteers and volunteer families provide transportation, make sandwiches, meatloaves and contribute funds.

If you can help others…

Volunteers are always needed and very much appreciated. Please contact the Parish Center for any further information.

Sandwich Ministry: Supporting St. Joseph Center, Elizabeth

Will you consider making a loaf of sandwiches today? Simply take a loaf of bread, make as many sandwiches as you can (usually 8-10 per loaf), wrap them individually and return them to the bag. Assorted lunch meats, salads, or peanut butter & jelly sandwiches are welcome. It takes little time, and means so much to the men, women and children who wait in line to receive them. Drop them off at one of the sites listed in this week's bulletin (see SAMARITAN MINISTRY on page 3) and we do the rest! Drop off sites are different home of parishioners, always in Cranford. Please make and drop off sandwiches on Sundays for delivery on Mondays.

Our goal is to deliver 50 loaves to St. Joseph's on Monday morning. The people at St. Joseph are truly thankful for your generosity; their need is so real and so sad. God has blessed us. It is important that we continue to share our blessings.

Meatloaves: Supporting St. Joseph Center, Elizabeth

Would you consider making a meatloaf to donate to St. Joseph Center? St. Michael's volunteers provide meals to the kitchen on the third Saturday every month. Our goal is to collect 50-60 meatloaves (2-3 lbs. each) which may be made ahead and frozen, but need to be defrosted before delivery. Hundreds of people look forward to the meatloaf dinner provided by the parishioners of St. Michael’s once a month. A cooler is placed in the foyer of the Parish Center that morning so you can drop off your donations before 10:30 a.m. when we leave for Newark. In addition, the soup kitchen could use supplies such as canned vegetables, instant mashed potatoes, chili, stuffing and seasonings (sugar, salt, garlic powder, chili powder and black pepper) to stock the pantry shelves. You can drop these items off at the Parish Center next to the cooler.