Thursday, September 6, 2007
St. Peter's Rocks
St. Peter's-Scalabrini Outreach Program is built upon the Rock - the word of the Lord, Matthew 25:35, "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a migrant and you welcomed me." St. Peter’s is a Scalabrini mission located in the inner city of Los Angeles fully embracing the vision of the order’s founder, Blessed John Baptist Scalabrini. In the 1860s, Scalabrini took literally Matthew 25:35. He began to work with cholera victims, visited the sick and prisoners, helped the poor and even the bankrupt nobility. Armed with this long tradition, St. Peter's Scalibrini Fathers – Raniero, Giovanni and Adilso now extend the same compassion to the area's migrants and homeless. Each day from 10:00am to 12:00pm the church community provides aid to 100-150 people in need of shelter, food and clothing. The program relies on donations and many volunteers. There is also a support group that delivers food and water to poor living under local bridges. Meeting in the church on Thursdays from 7:30p – 8:30p ia a prayer group serving the spiritual needs of the poor who are guests of the daily food line. They gather to sing songs, hear the Word and to pray. Volunteers are always needed to serve food, clean up, support the prayer group and share their compassion. St. Peter’s rocks!