A special place to care...
January 
The Sanctity of Human Life Crib to provide infant and baby supplies to the local N.E.S.T. program.

Roe vs. Wade Rosary Holy Hour

February
Souper Bowl Sunday Collection of canned goods and monetary donations for the hungry.

March
Lenten Luncheon - A weekly soup lunch is served to the community during Lent for a free-will offering with all proceeds going to local charities.

April 
Rice Bowl Collection - Proceeds benefit Catholic Relief Services

May
Religious Education Rummage Sale - Proceeds benefit  St. Mary's Faith Formation Program.

June
"Catholics In Action" - Parish youth participate in a 3 day service retreat designed to teach young people about the need  for direct service and social change.

July - August
Youth of our parish participate in various summer projects, such as "Kids Against Hunger",  that allow them to contribute directly to the needs of the hungry and the poor.
St. Mary's Catholic Church
730 Benton Ave. West      PO Box 365        Albia, IA 52531                      Office: 641-932-5130
                                                                                                                      Rel. Ed.: 641-932-5589
Social Action
Giving has no minimum age!
Lenten Luncheon
Respect Life Rummage Sale
September
Respect Life Rummage Sale - Proceeds benefit local respect life projects.

October
Life Chain - An opportunity to gather with other Christians  as a silent but visible witness for the sanctity of life.

CROP Hunger Walk - As members of the Albia Ministerial Association, we donate monetary funds or participate in a walk to earn funds to feed the hungry.

November
Operation Christmas Child - (The Shoe Box Project) Fill a shoe box to send Christmas cheer to children throughout the world.

Pie Bake Sale with proceeds going to the local Helping Hands Organization

December
Angel Tree - Christmas gifts are purchased, wrapped and donated to children of Monroe County.

Christmas Gifts for the Local Nursing Homes - Parishioners are asked to purchase or make and wrap gifts to be distributed to the residents of our Local Nursing Homes.

Grade 9 Soup Supper - Ninth grade students prepare and serve a soup supper to the Parish community to raise funds to support their Corporal Works of Mercy Projects.
The Corporal Works of Mercy are practiced year round at St. Mary's Parish with several ongoing Social Action Ministries. 

The Haiti Project 
The Parish offers financial and spiritual support to our sister parish, Our Lady of Lourdes, in Laborde, Haiti, through the assistance of Haiti native, Fr. Ron Legerme.

1st Sunday of the Month Social Action Coffee and Donuts
Through the hospitality of our Social Action Committee, we gather as community the first Sunday of each month.  Proceeds from the free-will offering are used to support the needs of the poor in our community.

3rd Sunday Food Collection Weekend
Donations of non-perishable food items are collected the 3rd weekend of each month and donated to the local Helping Hands organization.

Neighborhood of Hope
Volunteers provide immediate short-term assistance in the event of an emergency, i.e., prepare a meal, provide transportation, baby sit, etc.  Call 932-5589 for assistance.



Albia Ministerial Association Assistance
The Parish works in partnership with other Christian denominations in Albia, to provide assistance to the members of the community as needed.

In addition the Parish participates in several seasonal Social Action projects throughout the year.
Some give by doing, some do by giving.  To participate in or to contribute to any of the above ministries please contact the parish offices, 641-932-5130 and 641-932-5589, or e-mail stmaryalbia@iowatelecom.net.