St. Philip’s Friends of the Poor Walk

From the St. Philip’s bulletin:

Raindrops kept falling on their heads on Sunday, October 6th, but that didn’t dampen the spirit of the St. Philip Parish community who joined in the Friends of the Poor Walk. Participants in the Walk, sponsored by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, paraded with their banner through sections of Crafton, Ingram, Sheridan, and Crafton Heights. The Walk was intended to increase our communities’ awareness of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and its desire to help our neighbors in need. Upon completion of their walk, students and their parents were treated to a pizza party that was hosted by the Religious Education program.

We were blessed with support from our parish priests, the CCD staff, the St. Philip School administration and teachers, Mike Calorie, Director of Conference Formation for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Central Council of Pittsburgh, and the school crossing guards who loaned us their crossing guard attire and stop signs. The more than 40 walkers represented a cross-section of our parish community. A good time was had by all! We truly appreciated this support for our first parish walk.

Special kudos to Mary Ann Garfold; Cathy Huth; the parents and parishioners; our local sponsor, Wolbert Auto Body and Repair; Walk coordinators Dian Perkins and Rose Musser; and to all who purchased raffle tickets to support our neighbors in need.

Speaking of which, it’s not too late to purchase Friends of the Poor raffle tickets!  The grand prize is $1,500 and all of the proceeds from the tickets stay in our parish to help our friends in need.  Tickets are $5 each. Please call or email us if you would like to purchase a ticket. The drawing will be held on November 16.

This week, your generous donations enabled us to assist three households with furniture and appliances, including two beds, four dressers, a kitchen table and chairs, a washer and a dryer.  May God bless you for your continued generosity toward our organization.

If you would like to make a monetary donation or a donation of $10 Giant Eagle gift cards, please place your donation in one of the poor boxes or mail them to the parish office at 114 Berry Street.  If you would like to make a donation of furniture or household goods, please call or text our hotline at 412-444-8140 or email us at to arrange a pickup. If you would like to donate clothing, shoes or accessories, you can call, text or email us to arrange a pickup, or your donation can be placed in the blue bins in front of the Hope House at St. Philip. Please do not place any other items in those bins or leave anything on the sidewalk.  Also, we are always looking for volunteers! If you’d like to join us in helping our friends in need, please call, text or email us or stop by one of our meetings, which occur every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm in the Hope House located on the St. Philip campus.

As always, if you, or someone you know, is in need of assistance, please call or text our hotline at 412-444-8140 or email us at