Works of Mercy
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall be shown mercy."
Mission trips don't have to go far to find souls in desperate need of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Works of Mercy, an outreach of Franciscan University of Steubenville, enables students to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with the hungry, sick, imprisoned, homeless, and strangers right here in the Ohio Valley and nearby Pittsburgh.
In prayer and various community services and projects, students involved in the Works of Mercy commit themselves to serve the poor, neglected, and the needy near to home. Through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, students actively participate in caring for those in need. The Church teaches us to be merciful through the works of mercy.
Corporal Works of Mercy:
- Feed the hungry.
- Give drink to the thirsty.
- Clothe the naked.
- Shelter the homeless.
- Comfort the imprisoned.
- Visit the sick.
- Bury the dead.
Spiritual Works of Mercy:
- Instruct the ignorant.
- Counsel the doubtful.
- Admonish sinners.
- Bear wrongs with patience.
- Forgive offenses willingly.
- Comfort the afflicted.
- Pray for the living and the dead.
|"Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink, see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When were you ill or in prison, and we visit you?" And the king will say to them in reply, "Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." (Matthew 25: 31-40)
Works of Mercy Leadership
2012-13 Works of Mercy Service Outreaches
|To Take Part in Works of Mercy
To participate in any of these outreaches, meet the group in Rosary Circle at the time indicated to travel to the location. Transportation is via University vehicles.
For More Information
To get more information or get involved with Works of Mercy send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or email the student leader of the program you are interested in.
Nursing Home Ministry
Each week students offer their services to the residents of nursing facilities. They spend time listening, sharing, praying, and developing personal relationships with the residents. Many seasonal activities are planned throughout the year.
Sunday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 6:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.
Country Club Manor
Sunday, 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Friday, 3:00-4:45 p.m.
Ministry to the Poor
Homeless Ministry - Pittsburgh
Thursday, 6:00-10:00 p.m.
Students bring the love of Jesus Christ to the needy and homeless people through conversations and meals; helping to dispel despair by showing the men and women of downtown Pittsburgh that they are valued and not forgotten.
Hangout with The Homeless
Tuesday, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Volunteers visit and build relationships with the Steubenville homeless and marginalized through conversation, prayer and service at the downtown City Rescue Mission.
Unity Kitchen - Urban Mission
Monday/Wednesday, 11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Volunteers prepare and serve hot lunches to the local residents of Steubenville. Students have the opportunity to build relationships with those whom they serve by conversing and dining with the people.
Food Donation Connection - Sodexo
Dates and times vary. Contact leader for schedule.
This Work of Mercy seeks to feed the hungry of the local community by donating surplus food from Franciscan University's dining services to local shelters and distribution centers.
Ministry to the Sick and Needy
Hospital Ministry - Wheeling
Sunday, 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Volunteers visit patients at the Wheeling Hospital each week, spending time talking, listening, and praying for them.
Ministry to the Mentally Challenged
Sunday, 11:45 a.m. -1:15 p.m.
Volunteers devote time building relationships, playing games and praying for the residents at several group homes in downtown Steubenville. Those who live there need long-term care due to various physical and emotional conditions.
Ministry to the Youth
Abortion Clinic Outreach
Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
This outreach offers student the opportunity to go to the Pittsburgh abortion clinics and peacefully pray for an end to abortion and for conversion of hearts as they witness to a culture of life.
Boys and Girls Club
Monday and Wednesday, 3:45-5:30 p.m.
Students work with at-risk youth at a community center in Weirton. Relationships are formed by spending time with youth - assisting them with their homework and engaging them in group activities.
Music in Our Schools
Monday and Wednesday, 11:00-11:50 a.m.
This is an opportunity to spread the joy of Christ to school children through music. Volunteers share their musical talents with the children, as well as host games and activities.
Youth Group - Urban Mission
One Saturday per month, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
This ministry strives to serve the youth and young adults of Steubenville by witnessing to the them of God's love and mercy, thus drawing them into closer relationshi with Him.
Children's Ministry - Urban Mission
Saturday, 5:45 - 8:30 p.m.
This ministry strives to draw the underprivileged youth of Steubenville closer to Christ by offering a fun and supportive environment in which the love of Christ and his Gospel are shared.
S.E.N.T. (Student Evangelization Network Teams)
Teams of students travel to local parishes throughout the semester to conduct retreats for high school students. Short dramas, testimonies, and other means are used to teach the youth.
|""This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you." (Matthew 15:12)