In addition to supporting
special appeals from Catholic Relief Services, the American Bishops, and
the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish sponsors
outreach efforts that are particular to our parish and part of our parish
history, tradition, and identity. Our longest standing outreach
efforts are support of the Peace Pantry, the local conference of the
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Advent Giving Tree Program, and the
Lenten Rice Bowl collection.
The Peace Pantry is
supported by a coalition of local churches and serves those in need in our
area by maintaining a food pantry as well as a thrift store stocking
clothing and small household items. Any donation to the Poor Box
located in the back of church is divided evenly between the Peace Pantry
and our local St. Vincent de Paul conference. Periodically the
parish hosts food drives to support the Pantry. Additional
contributions can be placed in an envelope marked "Peace Pantry" and
placed in the Sunday Collection basket.
of St. Vincent de Paul
conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for Our Lady Queen of
Peace serves anyone who lives within our parish boundaries. The main
assistance given by our conference centers on help with utility bills and
help with prescription medications. For help with other needs, the
conference maintains a list of referrals and works with clients to direct
them to the services they need. A help-line to the conference is
available by calling the parish office - (636) 671-3062. This voice
mail-box is monitored regularly and a member of the Society will contact
all callers usually within 24 hours. Again, half of the
contributions to the Poor Box in the back of the church are given to our
local conference to help support their works. Envelopes for the St.
Vincent de Paul Society are provided periodically in the packets mailed to
those who use envelopes for their offertory contributions, and a
contribution to support the work of the Society can be made at any time by
dropping an envelope marked "St. Vincent de Paul" in the Sunday Collection
before Christmas, people living within our parish boundaries can call the
parish office to sign-up for the Advent Giving Tree program. A tree
is set up in the vestibule of the church and parishioners can remove
ornaments on which the needs of the callers have been written. They
purchase and wrap the items listed and return the wrapped presents for
distribution to those in need. A number of those requesting
Christmas help are clients of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Rice Bowl Collection
Every year the
parish supports the Rice Bowl program of Catholic Relief Services, the
main outreach arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Cardboard "rice bowls" are made available to families and individuals, who
contribute what they can over the Lenten Season. At Easter time, the
"bowls" are returned to the parish and a contribution check is sent to CRS
to support their efforts at serving the poor and oppressed worldwide.