- Monthly food drives and milk money collections for local food pantries.
- Monthly meal prepared and served at the Norwalk Emergency Shelter Manna House in South Norwalk.
- Annual collection for Education & Hope for Guatemalan children
- Annual Christmas Giving Tree gift collection for needy Norwalk families
- Funeral lunch reception service available to families
- Parishioner-to-Parishioner Assistance Program
- Parishioner-to-Parishioner Services Directory: In 2010 the Social Concerns Committee compiled a directory of those in the parish who work in the trades and other services. Please consult this Parishioner-to-Parishioner Services Directory if you have need of household or other related services.
During the year there are special appeals, such as a new or “gently used” book collection for Christian Community Action children and school supplies collection for the Carver Center children, used cell phones for the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, maternity tops for Birthright of Norwalk Mothers-To-Be, gift packs for Walter Reed veterans, an Earth Day program, Homefront Day-house fix-ups for needy Norwalkers, a coat collection for The Mayor’s Coat Drive, an Emergency Preparedness information distribution, Make-A-Difference Day food collection, and community garden plots to grow vegetables for CCA Food pantry.
Monthly Food Collection/Monthly Milk Collection Back to Top
St. Jerome’s food drives, which help to stock the shelves of Norwalk’s food pantries, are held on either the third or fourth weekend of each month, as announced. Parishioners bring food donations in bags or boxes and place them in the back of the church or in the church hallway. Needed items are non-perishable boxed, canned, or bottled food items, including:
- Canned beef ravioli, beef stew, spaghetti and meatballs, or chiliLent food drive02
- 18-oz. jar of grape jelly and peanut butter
- Canned hearty soup and canned condensed soup
- 1-lb box rice
- Canned corn or peas
- Canned fruit
- Canned tuna
- Canned or dried beans
- Hot or cold cereal
- Jar of spaghetti sauce
- Boxed macaroni and cheese
- Boxed pasta
- Juice boxes or canned juice
- Box of Jello or pudding
Our monthly food drives have been a source of food for over 30 years for the South Norwalk food pantry at 76 Main Street which formerly was affiliated with the Christian Community Action group and now is operated by Person-to-Person(P2P). (Click here to seethe food pantry’s thank-you letter to the parish.) For the last several years, we have averaged an annual collection of 15,500 food items – 3,500 from our Special Lenten Food Drive; 2,000 from the combined parish and REACH Thanksgiving Food Drives; and 1,000 food items each month from food drives the remaining 10 months. Because of this overwhelming generosity from the parishioners, in addition to donating to the P2P food pantry we also give 100 food items each month to Mid-Fairfield Aids Project (MFAP) at 16 River Street in Norwalk, 500 food items from both our Special Lenten Food Drive and our Thanksgiving Food Drive to St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Food Pantry at 203 East Avenue in Norwalk, and the food items collected from the 6:00 PM Life Teen Mass each month to the Norwalk Emergency Shelter at 4 Merritt Street in Norwalk.
Our REACH religious education students are faithful contributors to the food drives held from September through May. Each month one class in grades 4-6 stays after the REACH 10:30 AM Mass Sunday morning in the church hall to help unpack, sort the food items by type, and bag them. The sight of the children emptying donation bags and piling up stacks of soup cans, cereal boxes, peanut butter, and the like, genuinely reveals the meaning of “many hands make light work.” When the sorting is finished, the food is loaded into the cars of the committed volunteers who deliver it to the pantries the next day.
Education & Hope Collection for Guatemalan Children Back to Top
The need is so great that the program has grown each year and great effort is needed to keep it funded. Every year, usually in September, Julie comes to speak at all the Masses after Communion. In the past several years we have been able to raise about $10,000 to help her children. At Christmas time we also ask for gifts for her children to be placed under the “Giving Tree”. We have made Julie’s work the work of the parish.
CONECT (Congregations Organized for a New Connecticut) Back to Top
The CONECT “Do Not Stand Idly By” (DNSIB) gun safety campaign is a market-based, long-term strategy to reward gun manufacturers who take responsibility for safety and sales. The name comes from Leviticus 19:16, “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” Rather than a legislative approach, DNSIB seeks to use federal, state, and local government buying power, their purchase of firearms, to pressure gun manufacturers to better police rogue gun dealers, as well as promote gun safety through smart gun technology. Two interviews with Fr. David in the Norwalk Hour newspaper explained the DNSIB campaign in detail:
“Going Green” at St. Jerome’s Back to Top
What can we as Christian caretakers of our earth and caregivers of the poor do to affect our environment positively? Concrete tips and vital information about “going green” are provided in a special newsletter sponsored by the Social Concerns Committee. Appearing periodically as an insert in the church bulletin, the “Going Green” Newsletter conveys ideas on how we can actively adapt our behaviors to protect the environment God gave us. Learn how to reuse, recycle, and reduce consumption in simple, friendly, doable ways. With every activity of our daily lives, we connect with the interdependent web of life on earth. The health of our environment is a reflection of the choices we make. Change must begin with us. Change begins with awareness of how the way we act affects the world community, especially the poor and those in need who are most at risk due to climate changes brought on by our use of the world’s resources.
Unwanted Furniture and Household Items Back to Top
- Furniture: chairs, bookcases, sofas, love seats, bedroom furniture, and kitchen furniture
- Household items: large pots for cooking, knives, forks, spoons, glasses, plates, baking pans, and the like.
Widows and Widowers Support Group Back to Top
Prayer Shawl Ministry Back to Top
Parishioner-to-Parishioner Business Services Directory Back to Top
To encourage parishioner-to-parishioner contacts for needed services and to support skilled workers in the parish, a directory has been compiled of those in the parish who work in services such as: electrical work, home improvement, interior/exterior painting, tree removal, computer repair, tailoring, tutoring, counseling, candidate placement, real estate, and other services. Please click here
Homefront Day Back to Top