FLINT TWP. — Catholic Charities was featured at the first in a series of monthly outreach programs last Wednesday, sponsored by Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church, 4133 Calkins Rd.
To be held at 7 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month, the free program is open to the pubic and designed to provide quality information to serve the parish and the community at large.
At the first meeting, Catholic Charities discussed who they are, available programs and volunteer opportunities.
The outreach program is the first of its kind to be held at Our Lady of Lebanon. It aims to address issues that arise in the daily lives of parishioners, such as health, charity and social concerns. Future planned topics include nutrition, health care and social events.
The program was created to bridge the gap between the parish, many of whom are immigrants, and the services and information they may not know they have access to or are available.
“A parishioner can go through a life event for the first time, whether it’s a health issue or sending their child to college, and have no idea what they are doing, where to find information or which questions they should be asking. This outreach program was created to fill that void of information,” said Erik Lindhurst, president of the Parish Council.
As the committee met and began to shape the program, they realized the topics and information to be covered would benefit not only the parish, but the Flint and surrounding areas as well.
“We are very excited about this new program,” Lindhurst said. “It’s another way for us to bring the church and community closer.”
Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic Church has served the Flint community since it was founded in 1976. Best known for the original Mid- East Festival held every July, the church also hosts religious and social events throughout the year.
The upcoming schedule of outreach program topics are :
• October – Senior Lifestyles & Injury Prevention (SLIP)
• November – Signs of Stroke: What to look for & how to prevent them
• December – Genesee County Resources presented by Senator John Gleason
• January – Nutrition Information
Details: Visit OLOL’s Facebook page or call 810-733-1259. — Rhonda Sanders