At St. Mary Anne’s, we believe that outreach involves far more than writing a check. Our parishioners are involved in the life of the local and the worldwide community.
Giving Tree: One of the most popular of our outreach projects is the Giving Tree. Early in the fall, members collect names from local schools of children whose families are in difficulty and commit to providing Christmas gifts for children who would otherwise do without.
Mission Committee: Our nine-member Mission Committee coordinates our financial gifts to projects locally and around the world, organizes parish “fund-raisers” for various mission projects, and leads in educating the parish in mission and outreach concerns. The committee has, as its mission statement, the following: “The Mission Committee, through the guidance of our Lord Jesus Christ, endeavors to encourage, educate and stimulate the parish to be Christ’s hands and feet in our community, nation, and world, not only in the use of our financial resources, but through love and action.”
Mission Trips: In past years, members of St. Mary Anne’s have supported the mission of those who are helping to rebuild the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Also, our Youth Group has participated in various Diocesan Mission Trips to Peru and Costa Rica.
Rotating Homeless Shelter: St. Mary Anne’s cooperates with area churches in providing food and shelter for about 25 guests during the winter months. Volunteers from the churches and other community organizations all help out to welcome guests during a segment of the Shelter schedule.
Parish Center Use for Non-Profits: Each week, the Parish Center is used for many community activities. Non-profit groups, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Boy Scouts, Al Anon, Narcotics Anonymous, a Senior Citizen Group, and a youth Chess Group, have found a home at SMA.