“Be doers of the word, and not merely hearers.” James 1:22
“Be Christ for others, as Christ is for us.” St. Joan of Arc’s Parish Mission statement.
We are called as Catholics to serve others. The Youth Ministry department provides ways for our young Catholics put their faith into action with various service opportunities.
Youth Ministry Opportunities
- Each LIGHT Group will sign up to attend two service opportunities together. This is a wonderful opportunity to help our teens follow through on our Catholic call to serve and for each small group to grow closer in community! We hope your child can attend as many incredible service opportunities as they can and please remember to respond on The LIGHT Service SignUp Genius Link with a Yes or Not Able To Attend response in order to coordinate carpooling and make sure we meet our commitments to the following organizations that we are involved with:
- St. Anthony’s Dining Room: St. Anthony’s Foundation provides the poor of San Francisco with basic needs and services as a gateway to reclaiming their sense of dignity and to progressing towards stability. We work the food line, serve over 2600 lunches, clear tables and/or help with food prep for the next day.
- MedShare: MedShare collects surplus medical supplies and equipment from hospitals, distributors and manufacturers, and then redistributes them to qualified healthcare facilities in the US and the developing world. We sort and package medical supplies and equipment for redistribution.
- Cityteam: Cityteam serves the poor and homeless in San Francisco. We make approx. 200 bagged lunches, caravan to Cityteam and then with an adult escort from Cityteam, we distribute the bagged lunches to the less fortunate in the Cityteam area.
- St. Vincent De Paul of Alameda County: SVdP provides over 800 hot meals a day to residents of Oakland. Volunteers help prep for lunch, serve lunch, and eat lunch.
How Families Can Help Make These Service Opportunities Successful
- Talk to your child about how we are called by our Lord to serve others, both physically and spiritually, and discuss these service opportunities with them. Make room in your teen’s schedule to participate!
- Parents are welcome to join us at Cityteam and MedShare to serve alongside your teen. If you as a parent would like to go, make sure you also sign up HERE.
- Drivers may be needed depending on each organization.
- Make sure you or your teen respond with “Yes” or “Not Able to Attend” for each date your child’s group is going in order to give both the organization and our office a head count for participation and carpooling. All opportunities, further detail and directions on how to respond can be found HERE.
- If you are an adult interested in helping regularly with any of these service opportunities, please let us know.
Teens will also have the opportunity to sign up to fill empty slots throughout the year. The may sign up for any opportunity by placing their name in the Waitlist spot on the SignUp genius page. No one is limited to twice a year!
Go to www.SignUpGenius.com/go/faith5 to see what is available and signup. If you are not registered with SignUpGenuis, you will be asked to set up an account. This enables you to receive reminders and updates regarding the event. You may create a family account and enter in individual names when you sign up. Please use the email address that is most frequently checked.
2. In addition, LIGHT sponsors two children through Unbound. McJordon (MJ) from the Philippines and Gladys from Guatemala. Teens help by contributing $1 a month to help support MJ and Gladys and can also write them letters.
3. Outside of a LIGHT night, teens can serve with family members by participating in our St. Joan of Arc 2nd Saturday of the month East Bay Habitat for Humanity Build. Teens over 16 are always encouraged to attend.