Committee For The Poor Collection ~ School Supplies for St. Turibius School

UPDATE:  The Committee for the Poor thanks the St Martin of Tours Community for their generous donations to St Turibius School which included the removal of graffiti from the entrance to the school. Below is a message from Karina Mendez , Principal of St. Turibius School. These are the before and after pictures of our school wall. Thank you so much for the wonderful contribution that allowed us to re-beautify our front entrance before school started. Not only am I so grateful but the parents, students, and staff are so appreciative as well. Our school looked welcoming again for the first day of school thanks to your support and the teachers are thrilled to be receiving items that they could distribute to students and use during the year.

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
   We would like to invite you to have a look at handmade religious articles and souvenirs made by the Sisters of Saint Elisabeth Convent (Belarus) who will visit St. Martin of Tours Church the weekend of September, 30th - October, 1st.
   The Sisterhood of Saint Elisabeth was founded in 1996. For more than 20 years, the     Sisters have been rendering spiritual, social and financial support to the sick and the suffering at the National Psychiatric Clinic, the boarding home for children with special needs and mentally challenged adults and a TB clinic. It is of great importance to give sick people spiritual support and consolation.
   In recent years, a rehabilitation center for the homeless, drug and alcohol addicts and ex-prisoners was established 20 miles away from the Convent. About 160 residents live there today. Many lost and struggling people get a chance to tackle their problems and start a new life in God.
   Workshops were established on the grounds of the Convent to help these people. Many who are broken now have a possibility to express themselves in art for God working together with the Sisters and making beautiful articles (hand painted icons, crosses, crucifixes, woodcarvings, embroidered and ceramic gifts, vestments).
   All these handmade goods are made with love and prayer and bring blessings to your homes. You can support many people in need by purchasing items of devotions for yourselves and your beloved ones.
With love in Christ, Sisters of St. Elisabeth

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Committee for the Poor Collecting School Supplies St. Turibius School is located in the heart of the garment district in downtown Los Angeles. It is a mission school of St. Joseph parish. One hundred percent of their students qualify for free and reduced price lunches which means they meet the School income eligibility guidelines. In essence, these families are living at or below the poverty line which is defined as $11,000 or less per each adult family member in the household. St. Turibius’ parents literally sacrifice everything they have to send their children to a Catholic school. These parents sometimes go without meals so their children are fed, clothed, housed and have a Catholic education. Although the School is lacking in financial resources, it is rich in spirit, faith and commitment to providing the best Catholic education possible to all of its students. This year until the end of August the Committee for the Poor would like to collect school supplies for the students and their teachers. In particular, we would like to collect crayons, markers , construction paper and bulletin board paper. Please order from the St Turibius “Wish List” on Amazon (where there are many other items as well) to ship directly to the school. If you would prefer, you may also drop off purchased items at SMT Parish Office and the Committee for the Poor will deliver them. In addition, the Committee for the Poor has offered to pay for the removal of the recently tagged graffiti from the front entrance of the school where the students enter everyday and which was quite disturbing and disheartening for the students and community. Many thanks for your generosity.

To Whom Much is Given, Much is Expected. ~Luke 12:48

Amazon "Wish List" for St. Turibius

Rhiannon Jensen