When Casa de Clara launched its “Showers to the People!” program, it was inevitable that the community at Saint Julie Billiart Parish, San Jose, would pitch in to help them raise funds to purchase a shower trailer, truck and supplies. Recognizing this project as a continuation of this year’s temporary winter shelter for the homeless at Saint Julie, Father Saju Joseph, Pastor, made a call to action at all Masses last weekend. In his homily he invited everyone to join in the “procession of life.” Saint Julie parishioners responded by coming to the altar and donating more than $6,000.
With a specially–designed trailer, Casa will work with partnering organizations to provide showers and clean clothes for the homeless. “Showers are a basic necessity. Showers to the People is our way of saying no matter how much dirt is on your skin you are loved and precious. We were so moved to see so many parishioners at each Mass walk up to contribute. We cannot imagine continuing our work without Saint Julie’s support,” said Fumiaki Tosu, from Catholic Worker.
Partners for over 30 years, Saint Julie’s parishioners have supported this ministry as volunteers to provide and prepare meals daily for the guests at Casa, a Catholic Worker House of hospitality for women and children experiencing homelessness.
For more information regarding Saint Julie Billiart Parish please visit, http://stjulies.org.