SHARE Iowa offers tasty, nutritious grocery packages in exchange for 2 hours of volunteer service in your community. Choosing where you volunteer is up to you – any good deed qualifies.
Food is bought in volume, then the savings are passed on to the people of Newton and surrounding areas. Food packets include meat and fresh fruits and vegetables. There are other food packet specials that are offered throughout the year.
One sign up day is held at McCann Center usually the first week of the month. (Watch Newton Daily News for dates). Pick-up is held at the Union Hall on the third Saturday of each month. Sign up is also available at that time. There are no income guidelines. Food stamps may be used. When picking up food packets make sure to bring a box to put groceries in.
Contact Cyndi Avery, SHARE Coordinator, at 641-521-8829 for more information on placing your order or for answers to any questions that you might have.
This is an organization of eleven Christian Churches in Newton. The group meets on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at the St. Luke’s Methodist Church. Sacred Heart is represented and participates in all activities. The group sponsors community projects and donations of mutual interest.
Past projects have included: Crop Walk, weekend meal delivery for Meals on Wheels, support of woman’s shelter, support for Storybook Project (project at Newton Release Center), Christmas gifts for all nursing home residents, bell ringing for Salvation Army, Lenten Luncheon, money for projects and donations are raised by the annual Pie Sale at McCann Center Flea Market.
Contact Rita Ayers at 792-0788 or Shirley Dont at 792-7969 to participate or to suggest possible projects.
Thanksgiving Food Baskets
Every Thanksgiving a collection of food and family needs are gathered, assembled and delivered to Sacred Heart parishioners who are in need or alone for the holidays.
Right To Life
Sacred Heart Catholic Community sponsors a variety of pro-life activities. We have Luminary Candle Sales, participate in the Walk for Life, and sell flowers to raise money for pro-life activities. We co-sponsor forums on topics such as the death penalty and do postcard campaigns on pro-life issues. We also inform parishioners through bulletin and newsletter articles about pro-life issues and legislation as well as post topics on our web page. Call Barb Mickelson at 792-5967 for more information.
There are two prison facilities within the boundaries of Sacred Heart Parish. Communion Services are held at both facilities. Inmates are provided with Reconciliation opportunities during Advent and Lent and when requested.
The Knights of Columbus provide funds for worship aids and religious articles for the inmates. Disciples are always needed for this ministry. Call the Stewardship Office for more information.
Food Pantry Sunday
Sacred Heart Catholic Community members are asked to bring canned foods, paper products and items such as diapers and baby food on the first Sunday of every month. Leave your donations in the grocery cart in the vestibule of the church. Also at various times throughout the school year, the Faith Formation groups are involved in activities that will help replenish the pantry. Your donations serve parishioners in need as well as the Salvation Army and other food banks.
Emergency assistance is available to members of Sacred Heart Catholic Community on an “as needed” basis. Money is not given directly to the person, but bills are paid directly to the company involved. The recipient is given the opportunity to pay back the money directly or by working for the parish. If repayment is not possible, it is not required.
Sacred Heart Catholic Community cooperates with other local agencies, such as the Salvation Army and First Step, to provide aid to the needy. We also follow the guidelines set by these agencies. These guidelines have been established to prevent abuse.
Angel Tree & Advent Caring Tree
There are two opportunities to join in the spirit of giving during the Christmas season.
Early in December a Christmas tree is placed in the gathering space. Sacred Heart parishioners are asked to decorate the tree with donations of children’s socks and underwear. These items are then given to the Salvation Army and distributed to those in need in time for Christmas.
A second tree, the Advent Caring Tree, is placed in the back of the church and is decorated with cards that have names of Sacred Heart members who are home bound or in a nursing home. Sacred Heart also joins with other area churches to provide each nursing home resident in Newton with a Christmas present. Those names are also on cards on the tree. Parishioners are asked to select a card, take it with them, and then purchase a gift. Each card will have gift ideas and will indicate whether the gift needs to be delivered to the individual or returned to the church.