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Outreach

Ministry to the Homebound

We avail ourselves to any person or persons in our parish who because of illness or medical impairment, whether temporary or permanent, including caregivers, who are unable to attend Sunday mass and receive communion. We will visit you at your home or hospital and bring communion and God's word.

We of the committee feel great satisfaction in bringing others closer to God at a time when they are in most need of spiritual guidance. Those in their final days smile in happiness that they soon will be at God's side.

Need Communion? Please call 415.494.5517


Brown Bag Sundays

Outreach Committee receives lunch bags from the parishioners and delivers to shelters every forth Sunday of the month.

Somewhere around the millennium, Church of the Visitacion began a program of bringing lunches for the guests of Ozanam Center on the fourth Sunday of the month. The guests are short-term residents, usually street people, who are in the process of treatment for addictions. The program is run by the Saint Vincent de Paul Society. It was learned that help was needed on Sundays because the center does not have the usual kitchen staff on that day.

Visitacion was looking for ways to outreach to the poor on a regular basis because there was no regular program for charitable giving. Making lunches was attractive because almost any parishioner could participate. Families were able to involve their children and give their children an understanding that we do this kind of thing because we are followers of Jesus. The elderly were able to participate because the task was limited in scope and cost. Almost any person could make a lunch and bring it to church. Some people chose to support the effort in a different way. For example, one family always brings several dozen hard-boiled eggs to be added to the lunches. Other people make a monetary contribution so that lunch materials can be purchased. One of the prayer groups comes after the early Mass on Brown Bag Sunday and makes sandwiches and assembles 60-72 lunches. The materials for these lunches are purchased with the contributions from the month before. One family brings in five or six dozen lunches whenever they are in San Francisco. An outstanding contribution is made by the parish volunteers who receive the lunches, thank the donors and deliver the lunches.

At 12:30 p.m. the lunches are brought to the Ozanam Center at 1175 Howard Street. Staff members are there to receive them.

The program has received overwhelming support from the parishioners and has now been going on for several years.

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Our Mission

The Church of the Visitacion Parish has been established to carry out the Mission of Jesus. The task of the parish is to cooperate with the grace of God in developing an inclusive Community of Disciples who will proclaim the Good News by their interactions with one another, with all others and by their reaching out to those in need. Jesus invites the community to be nourished by the celebration of both Word and Sacrament and to be animated by the presence of the Holy Spirit. As followers of "The Way," the parish hopes to become that kind of community that is worthy of the comment, "These Christians, see how they love one another." This is called evangelization.

 

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Tel: (415) 494-5517 | Fax: (415) 494-5513 mail: support@visitacionchurch.org