The STAR Progam
We have been collecting food and money these past two months to distribute to the needy in what we call the STAR Program.
STAR began over 25 years ago by a group of parishioners at Holy Trinity Parish who wanted to help make a better Christmas for needy families in the City of Rochester. With the help of city parishes and social agencies a list of families and their needs were generated. The Webster families then prepared gifts and food to take to these homes a few days prior to Christmas.
What started as a desire to help others, soon became a wonderful experience of love for the families in need and also from the families who wanted to give. When I asked what the STAR Program was, many people told me, “It was such a blessing . . . to us. We (our family) received so much more than we gave.”
Hope House (our social ministry outreach at Holy Trinity) joined the Star Program 14 years ago and has more than doubled the outreach by attending to the needs in Webster and Wayne County. Last year 260 families were helped by the STAR Program.
This year, we have over 790 gift stars that were distributed between HOPE and our inner city families. Over these years the growth of STAR has included the whole parish as its supporters. You!!
For the past eight weeks you have brought in the food items from our wish list (Our store room is totally stuffed!).
This week is the second Penny Sunday collection for our STAR Program, which will provide perishable food and gifts for those last minute needs.
Next Sunday, please bring the wrapped gifts with the star attached (number facing up), and place in front of Our Blessed Mother’s altar.
The STAR Program culminates in two weeks on Saturday, December 21, when baskets get prepared and delivered to the 5 inner city parishes. HOPE families will receive their gifts and turkey/ham here at Holy Trinity that afternoon.Would you like to help? Here’s what is needed . . .
- Drivers with big vehicles on Saturday, December 21 in the early morning, to take food and gifts to city parishes.
- Families to take gifts from church to the old gym after coffee hour on Sunday, December 15.
- Hams and Turkeys (To donate please contact Michelle Cummings at (315) 524-7589).
In order to coordinate this effort and be a part of our STAR family, please contact Kasey Baker in the Parish Office at 265-1616 ext. 304. This is a wonderful opportunity for you and your family to give back this Christmas Season for all that God has given you.
Peace and Blessings,