Throughout the year, but most especially in the winter months, we collect clothing for St. Michael's Mission.   During Advent, the church season that precedes Christmas, we collect socks, hats and scarves and decorate our "mission tree" with them; these "ornaments" that can improve life for others make it a beautiful Christmas tree.

As they explain on their website, "St. Michael's Mission is a not-for-profit independent agency working directly with the poor and homeless in Montreal's downtown core. The Mission provides an important link in the chain of services for the city's disadvantaged and marginalized population, offering breakfast and lunch, showers and hygiene products, clothing and emergency food to a multilingual and multicultural clientele.  Other basic services include crisis intervention, as a first step in the process of rehabilitation as well as assistance in welfare, unemployment, immigration and refugee issues enabling clients to take their place in today's society. In addition, information and referral services are given on mental health and addiction problems."  The banner picture above shows the art project of a client; part of a special program of giving those who visit the mission the opportunity to express their experiences through artistic mediums.  You can read more the project here. (Photo Credit for banner picture: Jon Yu).

Please join us on Sun Oct 29th, 2017 or White Socks Sunday at Church of the Resurrection, Valois, Pointe-Claire.  George Greene from St Michael’s Mission will be the guest preacher.  Both congregations are being asked to support the mission this Sunday by bringing in NEW white socks.  This idea was inspired by a recent article in the Montreal Gazette about the organization Toe2Toe.  More information about Toe2Toe can be found on the notice board or see Toe2Toe.org. The socks need to be white so that health problems can be more easily detected; white socks show blood or other indications of injury or infection.  Thank you for your ongoing support! Services begin at 8:30am and 10am.  There will be no services at St Mark’s Church on Oct 29th.  Everyone is invited to worship at COTR. 

Want to help the Mission?  Bring in clothing in good condition and deposit it in the "St. Michael's Mission Red Barrel" in our cloakroom.  Live in an apartment building?  Why not set out an empty box or container with a sign asking for donation of good quality warm clothing for the homeless.  You may be surprised at how many people will give generously when you remind them of the needs of others.

Parishioners from st. Mark's helped serve lunch and met some of the clients at st. michael's mission

Parishioners from st. Mark's helped serve lunch and met some of the clients at st. michael's mission