Parish Poverty Relief

The Parish of the Resurrection in Bryanston has, since 2002, been running a project where money and groceries are collected on a monthly basis and this is used to supports about 115 families at the Holy Rosary Church in Ivory Park.

During this lockdown and with Masses being suspended this has left the Holy Rosary Church without the support from Bryanston resulting in the families in a dire predicament. We understand that it’s not as easy to drop off groceries at the church at present, but you can make a monetary donation – into the bank account of the Holy Rosary Church and their banking details are as follows:

Holy Rosary Catholic Church : Standard Bank, Midrand,
Branch Code: 001155,
Account No: 202461785

If you are able to assist with the groceries, please can these be dropped off during the week at the Bryanston Catholic Church. We will then arrange to collect these every Saturday morning, during the lockdown, and will deliver these to Ivory Park during the following week.

Thank you in advance for your support.

Nelly Shongwe and Charmaigne Perrett

What to buy

Please continue to assist in this project by donating any of the following groceries:

  • mealie meal,
  • flour,
  • rice,
  • soya mince,
  • long life milk,
  • tea & coffee,
  • peanut butter,
  • baked beans,
  • tinned fish,
  • dry beans,
  • sugar,
  • salt,
  • sunlight brick soap,
  • hand washing powder,
  • dish washing liquid,
  • etc.

 

History

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 typically 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 the families we support on a monthly basis.