3201 Edinburgh Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
8:15 HOLY EUCHARIST
9:30 CHRISTIAN FORMATION
10:30 HOLY EUCHARIST
Thursday 11:30 followed by bible study and lunch
The Rev. Mark Wilkinson, Rector
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Ministry to the Homeless
Feeding the Homeless - Oct. 27
Join us Saturday, Oct. 27 when we go to Norfolk to serve breakfast. We meet at St. Aidan's at 5:30 a.m., travel to Sacred Heart to help prepare and serve breakfast. We return to St. Aidan's around 9 a.m. Or you can meet us at Sacred Heart at 6 a.m. Many Thanks!
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Deacon Dana started two important ministries to the homeless during her time with us. As she said every Sunday at the end of the service, "Your service has just begun." Dana has moved on; it is up to us to continue what she started for us.
Our two acts of service to the homeless of our area are:
- On the third Sunday of every month we make 100 sandwiches for distribution to the homeless by Catholic Workers.
- On the last Saturday of every month, we assist Catholic Workers with providing a hot breakfast to 70-100 homeless men, women and children.
How can you help?
Third Sunday Sandwiches
- Join in a time of fellowship and light-hearted conversation among all age groups, as we make 100 sandwiches. Many hands make the sandwiches ready for delivery in a few minutes after the 10:30 a.m. service; and, there is always room for more hands.
- Purchase the sandwich filler (meat and cheese or peanut butter and jelly), either by shopping and donating the items, shopping and being reimbursed for the items, or donating funds.
- Deliver the sandwiches to Catholic Workers on Monday.
Homeless Breakfast Program: Last Saturday of Each Month
- Donate new socks for distribution at the breakfast. In winter. hats, gloves and new or cleaned-gently worn coats are also needed. *
- Donate personal care items for distribution at the breakfast. **
To participate in the breakfast on the last Saturday of the month:
Meet at St. Aidan's at 5:30 a.m. or drive on your own by 6:00 a.m. to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 520 Graydon Ave., Norfolk. If you can, bring some bananas to add to the food items distributed.
Here is What to Expect
- 6 a.m. - Help prepare grits, oatmeal, coffee and tea. Sort donated items for distribution
- 6:50 a.m. - Caravan with Norfolk Catholic Workers a short distance to the area where breakfast is served. (The serving area is outside, dress appropriately)
- 7:00 - 7:50 a.m. - Handout socks, personal items; help serve food.
- 7:45 - 8:00 a.m - Wrap up, pack up, and clean up.
- 8:05-8:45 a.m -Return to Sacred Heart to assist with clean-up of all breakfast serving utensils and put away supplies.
If you cannot be there at 6 a.m., or you cannot stay for the whole process, let Sue Boze, John Hamilton, or Mary Dail know in advance.
If you cannot come on a Saturday contributions are welcome.:
- Clothing: NEW socks, white or black. All sizes, women, men and children. Clean gloves, hats, coats, scarfs that are new or in good condition are welcome during the cold months.
- ** Personal care items: easy to carry size hand sanitizer bottles, lotion, liquid soap, shampoo, toothpaste and brushes, razors, sunscreen, etc.
SETON YOUTH SHELTERS
Among out many outreach projects is the Seton Youth Shelters. The girls shelter is on St. Aidan's property and our rector is on the Board of Directors. Seton offers shelter for youth who need a safe place to stay. Some are homeless, runaways or for some reason cannot live at home. Seton successfully reunites over 90% of the youth who come through their door. St. Aidan's is dedicated helping their many programs including the shelter, street outreach van, counseling programs and the mentoring program for children of prisoners.
Monthly Paper Goods Collection.
Every month we collect paper good for Seton Youth Shelters. Donations are taken over the first Sunday of each month. The shelters are both running almost at capacity and they go through a lot of paper towels, tissue, toilet paper, paper napkins and copy paper each month. Please help us keep them supplied.
OTHER ITEMS ON THEIR WISH LIST
Click here for a list of other items that the shelters and outreach vans need.
Changing Lives, Building Futures
The Seton Van Outreach Program travels the city bringing drinks, snacks, toiletries and a dose of caring to teenagers who are choosing life on the street over a dysfunctional situation at home. We can help. While out shopping, please consider throwing one of these items in your cart.
Travel size you name it: soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, lip balm and sun tan lotion; package of 8oz cups (no larger); large container of flavorade; bag of sugar for Flavorade preparation; gift card ($5.00) to fast food restaurants; small container mosquito spray; packages of individual wrapped hand wipes; white athletic socks (crew, ankle or “no show” variety); reams of paper (white, pastel blue, pink, yellow, green and lavender), Citgo Gas Gift Cards to help with fuel expense for the street outreach vans.
BJ or Sam’s Club size pack of identical snacks (Odd as it may sound, because of competition amongst the kids (we don’t want to play favorites etc) we need snacks of a certain size and quantity like pre-packaged cookies, crackers, and Halloween size candies).
Please drop fast food gift cards in the offering plate or leave in the office. Leave other items in narthex.
The Mentoring Program is for children who have a parent who is incarcerated. We know that children with a parent in jail have a much higher chance of also ending up in prison and the mentoring program is dedicated to breaking the pipeline. Mentors are paired up with a child that they meet with a couple of times a month in a program where these children get some individual attention and have a chance to do things most children take for granted. Like a trip to the zoo or the beach even something as simple as an adult to talk to.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR THE SETON YOUTH SHELTERS
Both the boys and the girls shelters at Seton are running at or near capacity. This means we need additional staffing, but that comes at a significant cost. You can help by making a donation to Seton or you can also help by vounteering your time. Everything from people to staff the shelters in the evening, to helping with meal preparation on the weekends, to mentors for the mentoring program.
“Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.” (Matthew 25:40)
Click here to go to Seton's website.
To make a donation to Seton click here.
St. Aidan's is on call from several times during the month to provide a week's worth of groceries to needy persons referread by the Virginia Beach Human Services. People are given a "shopping list" on which they circle items they want. Our volunteers bag up the food and help them get it to their car. Donations of time, cash and food are appreciated.
The clients have all been screened by Human Services and are usually in the process of getting approved for the SNAP cards.
Under the direction of MaryAnne Russell. St. Aidan’s provides Christmas meals and gifts for families and institutionalized adults. Through sign-up boards, all parishioners can participate in giving to those in need during Advent and Christmas. Click here to email MaryAnne Russell
The Shawl Ministry is done by the Needle Nuts Craft Group. We meet on Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. at the church. We would love to see you join us. Our main goal is to provide handmade shawls for those parishioners and friends who need an extra "hug;" to support Christian Appalachian Project and to provide fellowship for each other. We have just send off 15 children's sweaters; 22 hats, 3 baby blankets, 8 baby bibs and 2 pairs of slippers to the Christian Appalachian Project. The group knits and gives away 20-30 shawls for cancer patients and others in need to provide warmth and comfort whether for happy or sad times. In the past year they also raised money and donated a vacuum cleaner to the girl's shelter of Seton Youth Shelters.
Youth Mission Trip 2018
Every summer for the past 10 years we have sent our EYC youth on a mission trip somewhere in a several state area. This year we returned to the Eastern Shore of Virginia and worked in a variety of settings. These are always powerful events and the parish is extremely supportive of these efforts.
For details click here to go to our youth ministry page.