The Parish Poverty Relief Project was initiated by the late Father Michael Fitzpatrick on 23rd March 2002. This was in response to Pope John Paul 2nd who, in 2001, made a call to the world to help the poor, in an attempt to address the issue of poverty. Nelly Shongwe met Fr Van Dijck and learned that he was the parish priest from a poor and needy Parish in Ivory Park and approached Fr Michael and from this discussion – the Parish Poverty Relief Project started and this project has been running in our parish since then.
Money and groceries are collected on the last weekend of every month except December when the collection takes place mid-December. These groceries are delivered to The Holy Rosary Church in Ivory Park after the 10am mass on the collection weekend. The groceries are then packed into food parcels and the funds contributed by the Bryanston Parish are used to buy additional groceries to complement the food parcels – these groceries are given to 40 to 60 families on a monthly basis.
Please continue to assist in this project by donating any of the following groceries: mealie meal, rice, soya mince, peanut butter, baked beans, tinned fish, dry beans, sugar, sunlight brick soap, etc.