الجَالِيَةُ العَرَبِيَّة الامريكيه لِكَنِيسَةِ القِدِّيسِ يُوسُف
Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem
Bingo Night is a great social gathering for us to raise money and also bring the community together. All proceeds collected are sent to the needy abroad.
St. Vincent De Paul Society
Finance and Outreach Ministry (Service of the World)
Our Charitable Ministry to the Needy was established in February, 2012, in the effort to respond to our Lord’s words: “I was hungry and you fed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was thirsty and you gave me to drink. Whatever you have done for the least of these, you have done for me." Funds are raised through sale of food after Mass, as well as the annual Lenten meal, raffles, and donations. Through these efforts, help has been sent to the needy in Palestine, Syria, Iraq and Jordan (including Our Lady of Peace Center).
The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, of medieval origin and reconstituted by Pope Pius IX in 1847, seeks to promote the spiritual growth of its members and to support the Catholic Church in the Holy Land in its broadest sense (Cyprus, Israel/Palestine and the surrounding countries of Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt). It has 30,000 members in 35 nations, organized in the form of Lieutenancies and Delegations. Their commitment to the Church is accompanied by the important financial support they provide, essentially destined for the institutions and works of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. Their donations have been used for the construction and restoration of churches, schools and hospitals, as well as the support of artisanal and family businesses. This support is aimed at fostering better conditions of life for Christians to encourage them not to leave their land of origin.
A number of members of the St. Joseph AACC are participating in the charitable work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. This international charitable organization was founded in 1833 to promote the dignity of the individual, alleviate distress, and improve negative societal influences that cause such conditions. Today the Society has more than one million members in 149 countries with the collective vision of "ending poverty through systemic change." Volunteers target the needs of children and families, the homeless, and the displaced and disenfranchised. In 2015, SVDP in L.A. County served more than 489,472 clients, conducting 59,390 home visits to struggling families in response to urgent requests for food, clothing, furniture, appliances, and rental or bill assistance. It contributed over $5 million in the form of financial assistance and donations to some 75,000 families.
The St. Joseph / Pomona Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is located behind the church, next to the Monsignor English Hall, and is open every weekday to help those in our area who are less fortunate. Though their suffering is not always visible, some of our neighbors are homeless or on the verge of losing their homes, going hungry, becoming victimized by violence, or in need of medical treatment. We open our door to these needy and underserved neighbors and help them address their most basic needs, in order to help them pursue long term solutions. Every morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., a free meal is served by our dedicated volunteers. Those in need of food supplies can get them from our food pantry as well. For those in need of clothes, a large supply of used clothing is available for distribution.
Donations to the St. Joseph Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are always welcome and can be placed in the poor boxes at the entrances to the church. Financial donations can also be sent to the church address, with checks made out to St. Vincent de Paul – St. Joseph Conference.
Members of EOHSJ from the AACC in southern CA include:
* Diocese of Orange:
Harry & Hilda Marshalian
* Archdiocese of Los Angeles:
Jalal & Nelly Rabadi
Nouri & Raida Sayegh
Fayez & Christina Ennabe
Fr. Rick Van De Water
Adel & Doris Sayegh
Sameh & Hanan Madanat
Jamal & Majeda Shehadeh
* Diocese of San Bernardino:
Deacon Ayed and Dina Abu Khader
Simaan & Majdoleen Hattar
Charles Sabbah & Hana Sabbah
Christ has called us to be the light of the world. We are therefore called to reach out to others, particularly those in need. We need a group to handle the tithes we return to God in thanksgiving for what we have received, and channel those funds for the benefit of our community and the needy. Here are some activities of the Finance - Outreach Ministry:
1- Handling AACC finances
2- Encouraging stewardship and organizing fundraisers
3- Study and implementation of development projects (social activity center, etc.)
4- Financial aid to the needy at home and abroad