Social Concerns Ministry


    Saint Leo's Social Concerns Committee is an ongoing, caring ministry that coordinates volunteer efforts for needs that arise in our community. The ministry serves all who require assistance.  The Social Concerns Committee also serves our Parish by providing us with opportunities to serve others, such as:

    • Monthly Food Collection in January      
    • Monthly Food Collection in February     
    • Lenten Sharing Tree in March    
    • Easter Baskets in April     
    • Mother Mary’s Cradle Project in May      
    • “Undee Sundee” Collection in June      
    • Monthly Food Collection in July     
    • Back-to-School Supplies Collection in August      
    • Monthly Food Collection in September    
    • Monthly Food Collection in October       
    • Thanksgiving Baskets in November     

    • Giving Tree and Christmas Baskets in December

    What is the Parish Food Pantry?
    Our Food Pantry is stocked with donations of non-perishable food items for those in need.

    Where do we get the food from?
    Donations come in throughout the year from  . . .

    • You, our Parishioners (Project Loaves and Fishes)
    • The US Postal Service Annual Food Drive
    • Local Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops
    • Various local Businesses

    Who does the food go to?
    Food is distributed monthly to those who are in need of this service

    What if it's an emergency?
    Please call the Parish Center Office - 732-747-5466 Donations of non-perishable items:

    Parishioners who would like to donate non-perishable food items to our Parish Pantry, please bring them to Church on the Loaves and Fishes weekend. The donations can be placed in the blue bins.

    Thank you as always for your generosity to your Parish family and neighbors in need.

    If you would like to join this Ministry,

    Contact: John & Deirdre Senkewicz


    The Social Concerns Ministry is requesting your support of a special part of our Thanksgiving Project.  For the past several years we have provided many families from two Parishes in our county with a complete Thanksgiving basket, including a 12 to 14 pound turkey.

    Since the cost of so many turkeys is high, and since so many Parishioners have told us that they have an extra “free” turkey, we would like to continue this year’s project with donated turkeys. Over the past few years we have received many turkeys when we made our appeal.  The funds ordinarily spent on turkeys were then available for other projects.

    What are we asking you for?

    • ¨ We need FROZEN turkeys to be brought to the school entrance between 10:00 and 12:30 on Sunday, November 24th
    • ¨ Since we do not have any storage available, we can only accept turkeys during this time.
    • ¨ The turkeys will be sent along with the rest of  our Thanksgiving Baskets on that day

    Please join the Social Concerns Ministry and the Holy Name Society this Advent by bringing gifts for people in need.  The Advent Giving Tree will be in the foyer beginning November 16th.
    Tags may be taken from the tree on
    November 16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th, and December 1st.

    All gifts must be returned by December 8th.

    Any tag marked “unwrapped toy” is for the Holy Name Toy Drive.  Other tags are for gifts for people in need in Nursing Homes and other emergency facilities.  These items should be wrapped.


    Thank you for your cointinued generosity!
    "For I was naked and you clothed me"
      Matthew 25:36


    +  Feed the hungry
    Give drink to the thirsty
    +  Clothe the naked
    Shelter the homeless
    +  Care for the sick
    +  Visit the imprisoned
    +  Bury the dead

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