Part of what we do is extend ourselves through service. Here are some ideas.


  • Our Small Churches can help to stock the OLMC food bank. They tend to get a lot of soups and vegetables but  can always use more meal-in-a-box type food as well as canned tuna and meat.
  • Donated toiletries - even complementary hotel items - are always welcomed by the Migrant Outreach program at OLMC. Items for the migrant workers can be left at the office. The men also need new or (clean) used blankets, socks and sweatshirts (men's medium).
  • For the last several years the Small Churches at OLMC have been treating the larger parish community to delicious soups and salads at the Lenten Soup Suppers. As Lent approaches, dust off your favorite soup recipes and be ready to contribute some salad ingredients. It's always fun working together and our fellow parishioners really appreciate our efforts.

In the community:

  • Rachel's Women's Center and Night Shelter, a Catholic Charities facility at 759 Eighth Avenue in San Diego, needs volunteers to bring in warm evening meals for the women they serve. Please call Toni Catlin at 619-236-9074. For an idea of the impact the shelter has on the lives of women read Toni's Story. The shelter website is
  • For information on helping out at any of the several facilities at St. Vincent de Paul Village see
  • The Interfaith Coalition Shelter in Escondido at 550 W. Washington Ave. (760-489-6380), also relies on volunteers to prepare and serve food and provide other services; see