Sharing God’s Bounty Dinner for the Hungry
The St. Ignatius Loyola Parish community provides hot dinners for anyone who is hungry on the last Wednesday of every month at 6 pm in our parish center. Over the past year, more than 5,000 meals have been served. We also provide a hot and healthy meal that includes sides and desert, as well as toiletry kits, some clothing, and an Ask-A-Nurse table. During dinner, our guests also enjoy a game of Bingo. It takes a village to put on this event. For a list of ongoing needs and opportunities, visit the Bounty Wish List page.
Ministers to the Homebound
St. Ignatius offers ministers who are willing and delighted to bring communion to parishioners who are homebound. Receiving communion is, of course, nourishing for body and spirit, but Christ is present in more than the host. The minister to the homebound makes visible in a concrete way the love God has for those who are sick and isolated—that God sees them, remembers them, and persistently reaches out to them with tenderness. The minister also represents the love of our entire parish community, reminding those who cannot be present that we miss them and that they are important to us. The homebound person also reveals the holy presence of Christ. They embody that faith that Jesus displayed in his own suffering, reminding each of us of our call to let go of our attachments and trust in God’s promise to bring us through our suffering to freedom and new life. The ministry to the homebound is a holy and mysterious exchange of transformative love through the power of the Holy Spirit. If you or someone you know would like to either receive communion or be a Xavier minister, please contact us.
Sister Parish: Honduras
St. Ignatius Loyola in Sacramento has enjoyed a long and fruitful 14-year relationship with relationship with San Ignacio Loyola in El Progreso, Honduras. Fr. Jack Donald, the pastor of the parish, visits us annually to update St. Ignatius on complex and intense Jesuit ministry happening in Honduras. In past years, we have also done immersion trips to Honduras. St. Ignatius supports our Sister Parish with a donation between $20K to $25K each year. Most recently, our donation helped San Ignacio expand the number of children in the school to over 200 kids, purchase a used car for ministry in rural areas where people are underserved, and install a security camera in the nuns’ residence to prevent further burglaries. Thank you for your ongoing generosity to this important ministry!
The JustFaith program invites participants to look at contemporary issues through the lens of Christian faith by engaging in reading, prayer, thought-provoking dialogue, encounter, and by building lasting relationships with a small group. Small groups meet weekly to pray with an process moving content on the tenets of our faith and our call to justice. To broaden perspectives, the program also includes an immersion where participants visit local organizations and connect with those living and working on the margins of society as well as a retreat that provides a foundation for community building.
Family Promise is an organization whose mission is to help homeless and low-income families achieve sustainable independence through a community-based response. They initiate coordinated local efforts that bring communities together to help homeless families regain their housing, their independence, and their dignity. Families are brought into Family Promise and then placed into a network of churches that house, feed and support them while navigating them through social services and into permanent housing. St. Ignatius supports Family Promise by providing meals to families.
Throughout the year we provide catechesis around contemporary local and global issues in light of the Gospel and Catholic Social Teaching. Over the years we have hosted guests that include Fr. Loren Riebe, S.J. from Chiapas, Mexico, Fr. Greg Boyle, S.J. from HomeBoy Industries in Los Angeles, Fr. Pete Neeley, S.J. from the Jesuit Refugee Services, Fr. Ray Bourgeois, S.J. leader of SOAW, representatives from Wellspring Women’s Center, and speakers from Loaves and Fishes. Stay tuned for future events!
Our parish nurses are a key part of the parish’s commitment to holistic pastoral care, especially for those who are poor or in need. We have an Ask–A–Nurse table at our Sharing God’s Bounty Dinners for the hungry, where people can ask health related questions, receive health care resources, and receive personal hygiene items to our guests. Our nurses also collect incontinence pads and feminine hygiene products—items that are very expensive for people in need. The nurses also do a glasses drive for the Lyon’s Club during Lent.
Ecumenical and Interfaith Collaboration
St. Ignatius collaborates with the many active and committed members of our community who belong to various faith traditions. St. Ignatius participates in the Arden-Arcade & Carmichael Faith Communities Coalition, The Interfaith Council of Greater Sacramento, and the Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue Commission. St. Ignatius also works with Sacramento ACT (PICO) and Arden-Arcade Homelessness Assistance Response Team (HART). We pray together during the Week of Christian Unity, we serve together at Sharing God’s Bounty, and we work together on issues such as homelessness and poverty.
Martha Ministers assist parishioners by providing a luncheon to family and friends after a funeral in St. Ignatius Church. They shop, cook, set up, serve, and clean up after a luncheon or light reception held in the Parish Center's Garden Room. Food is both purchased and donated, and the average size of group served is 60 to 80 persons. A typical luncheon requires two-hour shifts that begin at 10:00 am and last until 2:00 pm or later. In addition, linens are laundered by the volunteers. This is a particularly rewarding ministry which supports those who are in a time of great grief.
Stitches 4 Good
Stitches 4 Good is a group of parishioners and friends of parishioners who gather once a month to knit and crochet together. All the items created are donated to charities around town. This ministry meets the first Wednesday of the month from 1 pm to 3 pm in the Ministries Room in the Parish Office building. All are welcome!