2016 Lenten Youth Project To Benefit St. John the Compassionate Mission

O Christ our God, You give strength to all who fall, and rescue all who have been cast aside. - Lenten Amvon Prayer

JOHNSTOWN, PA --   With the blessing of His Grace, Bishop Gregory, the National Junior ACRY, as in previous years, calls upon all to help aid in the mission of our diocesan apostolate of Saint John the Compassionate, in the inner city of Toronto, Ontario. The National Junior ACRY hears the call from the hymns of the Great Fast/Lent and invites everyone to help fulfill this plea of the voice of the Church.

Members of the Junior ACRY had the opportunity to visit the Mission this past summer and witness Christ’s love, which labors through the Mission to minister to the needs of so many.  Last year’s donation from the National ACRY along with a matching grant from the John C. Kulis Charitable Foundation was hand delivered by National President Josef Samilenko to Fr. Roberto on behalf of all who donated to the Lenten Project.  The Project raised over $12,000.00 for the Mission last year.                                   

The Very Reverend Father Roberto Ubertino who leads the Mission along with the staff and volunteers helps provide assistance to those in need in the inner city. The Mission has continued to provide meals, job training, spiritual counsel and education to all those in need in part because of the generous contributions made by individuals and organizations.  This mission is growing with the expansion of a drop in center in the Scarborough area of Toronto, which is one of the poorest areas of the city.  This expansion can be aided by your contribution made during this time of the Great Fast when our focus is truly on the needs of others.

The Mission needs support from those who can offer their financial support. This support is needed to insure that the programs of the Mission can continue to help transform the lives of those in need and to expand in areas that are in need. You can visit the Mission’s website for detailed information on its many ministries: www.stjohnsmission.org

The National Juniors invite individual chapters, parishes, church school classes and other parish organizations to aid in this endeavor of providing for the needs of others through this Diocesan Mission during this season of Lent.

You can help by holding an event or fund-raiser to provide funding for the Mission. You can also have a collection box in the parish hall for use during your social time. Special collection containers can be given out to families to have in their homes to use during Lent.

Funds will be coordinated through Saints Peter & Paul ACRY in Windber, Pennsylvania.

Checks can be made out to Saints Peter & Paul ACRY Chapter 13, and sent to

141 Hoffman Farm Road
Windber, PA 15963.

Please call Fr. Miles at 814.467.7444 with any questions. Funds can be sent in throughout the Great Fast and the Paschal Season. By God’s grace a trip is again being planned to the Mission for this coming summer that the funds raised by the project will be hand delivered to the Mission.

Download The Promotional Flier (PDF Format)