Events for the First World Day of the Poor

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In his letter announcing the First World Day of the Poor, Pope Francis challenged folks to create moments of encounter with “the other” in the week leading up to the First World Day of the Poor (November 19th, 2017).  St. Joseph’s House and the House of Mercy have teamed up and created a week-long series of events to answer the Pope’s call of encounter.  All of the events are centered around creating opportunities of encounter with folks who are on the margins.  Please join us for some or all of the events…all are welcome!

A week of preparation for the First World Day of the Poor                            

Sponsored  by The House of Mercy and St. Joseph House of Hospitality

 Monday, November 13 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM @St. Joseph’s House (402 South Ave): Roundtable discussion led by Catholic Workers on the importance and impact on their lives of working and living with the poor and marginalized.  Catholic Workers will also share ideas and suggestions anyone can use to form relationships and be in solidarity with the poor.  Our goal is to give individuals meaningful tools to be missionaries in their everyday lives.  All are welcome!

Tuesday, November 14 7:00 PM: St. Joseph’s House Catholic Worker (402 South Ave) and the House of Mercy (285 Ormond St.) will open their doors to give tours and answer any questions. Pick the place you would like to tour and show up at 7:00 PM.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

 Wednesday, November 15 7:00 PM @ House of Mercy (285 Ormond St.)  Join us for an interfaith prayer service and candle light vigil.  We will join voices and pray for an end to poverty in our community, country and the world.  All are welcome!

 Thursday, November 16 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM @ St. Boniface Bowling Alley (15 Whalin St.):  Bowling, pizza and fun!  Come bowl, eat, play billiards with the folks staying at St. Joe’s and House of Mercy’s shelter.  This will be a low-key, fun way of getting to know one another.  Free admission and all are welcome!

 Friday, November 17 7:00 PM @ House of Mercy (285 Ormond St.): Come share your talents and appreciate others with an open-mic night.  The House of Mercy will become a hip café for one night.  Coffee, snacks, and talented folks provided!

 Saturday, November 18 9 :00 AM – 5:00 PM @ House of Mercy:  Help keep folks warm during the cold winter months by dropping by the House of Mercy (285 Ormond St.) to donate winter clothing.  Warm coats are especially needed as well as warm socks, long underwear, hats and gloves.

Sunday, November 19 11:15 AM – 4:30 PM First World Day of the Poor:  The celebration begins downtown at Washington Square Park at 11:15 AM.  We will gather in the park and walk and sing our way to the House of Mercy for 12:15 PM Mass. Following Mass, lunch will be served. Our celebration ends with live music by Danielle Ponder!  All are welcome!

Contacts:

House of Mercy: lbrewer9415@gmail.com

St. Joe’s: rochestercatholicworker@gmail.com