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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Island Homeless Life



Santa Catalina Island's, Saint Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church, 800 Beacon Street. Just a few minutes’ walk from the island's seaport with ferries arriving almost hourly from San Pedro, CA. Photo was taken when the Servants of the Father of Mercy were guest speakers here for "World Mission Sunday" a couple of years ago.  Many homeless live near the island or in its harbor on boats, dinghy, rafts and the like.

Monday, February 11, 2019

"Fire and Ice"!



That's the best way to describe yesterday's grand opening of the Servants of the Father of Mercy, San Gabriel Mountains, CA mother house, ranch and headquarters for our missionaries serving 80,000 + homeless in Southern California and beyond . . .  

In the midst of a day filled with ice, snow, sleet, rain, wind, chill, sunshine and warm glowing fires in the fireplaces . . .

The opening Mass was celebrated at 12 noon by Fr. John Neiman (Retired - Archdiocese of Los Angeles) and Fr. Ryan Casey (Associate Pastor, St. Paul the Apostle in Westwood, CA).




Sunday, January 27, 2019

ONE SHOT - A DAY IN THE LIFE OF LITTLE CHILDREN LIVING HOMELESS ON SKID ROW!

Dear God, Thanks for the Chance . . .

"Thanks for the chance to have warm PJs. Thanks for the chance to have a friend. Thanks for the chance to be a sister and brother. Thanks for the chance to do it all and call it my home!" (Lyrics by Joe Wise)


Photo, Servants of the Father of Mercy, Los Angeles, CA Homeless StreetReach, Saturday, January 26, 2019.


Pears!



This brother has been begging at Burger King in Los Angeles for hours with no luck. But now he received a delivery of unlimited food and water from the Servants! He goes by the name of Pears 🍐 Pray for Pears!



Friday, January 25, 2019

PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH PATRON SAINT OF OUR HOMELESS FAMILY


Dear Saint Joseph, you took the poor, homeless Christ child into your home. He had left His home in heaven and without hesitation you took Him in.

For many years Jesus was helpless and could not do things for himself. As a carpenter and as a true laborer, you became the very hands of Christ.

Help us to become the hands of Christ for those who are helpless and homeless;They also can not do things for themselves.

Help us to build a home. To build ourselves into a house to serve those whom are under your care and protection - the poor, homeless, helpless, little and small.

We ask this through your intercession and in your son’s Name, Jesus Christ the Lord. Saint Joseph, our patron saint of the homeless, hear our prayer. Amen.


Original Prayer of the Servants of the Father of Mercy, written by Bro. Joseph after a Near-Death-Experience in September 2005.