Prayer Shawl Ministry
The purpose of this is to bring warmth, comfort, and solace to those members of our parish who are homebound; ill; facing surgery; have lost a loved one; going through a difficult time; or experiencing a pregnancy. Members of this ministry pray for and are mindful of the person for whom the shawl or lap-blanket is being knitted or crocheted. Each stitch is a prayer. If you would like further information or you are interested in joining this ministry please contact Anita Kelley by phone @508-852-7708.
Respect Life Ministry
This ministry helps to defend innocent human life by supporting women who are facing crisis pregnancies. Our main focus is assisting Visitation House (119 Endicott St. Worc.) in that endeavor. Our annual baby bottle drive, from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, and supporting Visitation House’s Annual Fund Raiser Dinner are two ways that we help this much needed diocesan ministry. For more information please contact Jack and Anita Kelley @508-852-7708.
Monthly Food Collection
This ministry helps provide needed food for the St. Joan of Arc food pantry and in the past four years our parish has donated over 17,000 food items. On the first weekend of each month members of our parish are asked to bring non-perishable food donations to Mass. The donations should be placed at the left of the altar near the Baptismal. Also please note that we welcome donation of empty boxes any time during the month. Any box donations should be placed in the AV room at the donor’s convenience.
Monthly Veterans’ Meal
On the first Thursday of the month, September to June (except January), our parish provides and serves a meal for the guests of Massachusetts Veterans, Inc. on Grove Street. The meal consists of meatloaf, rice pilaf, green beans or corn, gravy, salad, and homemade pastry. Parishioners cook the food at home and bring it to the Rectory Conference Room during the day; other parishioners bring the meal to the Grove Street site and serve it to fifty to eighty veterans each month. For further information, contact Sr. Irene @ 508-852-5474.
Dismas House Ministry
The mission of Dismas House is to reconcile former prisoners to society and society to former prisoners, through the development of a supportive community. This ministry prepares meals twice a month on Wednesday evening for 10-12 people. Meals are hearty meat and potatoes with salad. If you would like further information or you are interested in joining this ministry please contact Liz Bibaud at 508-853-3827.
Hope for Housing
Hope for Housing is a non-profit program developed by the Interfaith Coalition to Prevent Family Homelessness with assistance from the central Massachusetts Housing Alliance. The goal of the project is to utilize the collective buying power of congregations to prevent family homelessness and to advocate for the homeless prevention policies. On the first and third weekends of each month after Masses members of our parish can purchase local store gift cards in various amounts. The gift cards receive full face value of the cards purchased and 5% of the amount spent is donated by the retailer to help prevent family homelessness. If you would like further information or are interested in helping with the sale of these cards after Mass please contact Ann Dalianis.
Christmas Giving Tree
The holiday season is a time to help those in need and each season Our Lady of the Rosary provides our parishioners with the opportunity to help those in need. Our parish works with the Urban Missionaries to identify clients in need as well as and parishioners that are home bound. A Christmas tree is set at the left of the altar during the Thanksgiving weekend and decorated with ornaments which lists needed items on the back of each ornament. All gifts should be wrapped and left under the tree by a date determined by the missionary (the due date is provided in the bulletin during the holiday season).
Our annual Baby Bottle Drive fundraiser to support Visitation House is held between Mother's Day and Father's Day. Plastic baby bottles are placed in a bassinet at the baptismal font on Mother's Day weekend. Bottles are taken by parishioners and filled with loose change and returned to the bassinet on Father's Day weekend. This fundraiser helps mothers who have chosen life for their babies.
Communion Ministers visit and bring Holy Communion to individuals that are homebound. Please speak with Fr. Pat or Sr. Irene to arrange a visit for yourself or a loved one.
Our Lady of the Rosary Parish is proud to be a sponsor of the Wounded Warrior Project. We owe such a debt of gratitude to these brave individuals who have sacrificed so much in protection of our country.