TRUMBULL—The parish center of St. Catherine of Siena was filled to the brim with diapers, onesies, bibs and all types of items for both mom and baby on the weekend on February 9-10.
A table at the side of the parish center was decorated as it would be for any other baby shower, but this one would benefit those most in need.
The Social Justice and Charitable Outreach group of the parish held an inaugural pro-life baby shower to benefit their Trumbull and Bridgeport neighbors who might be in need of these items.
“The response was overwhelming. Together, we distributed over 3,000 diapers, 7,500 wipes, 400 onesies, 100 blankets, including handmade knitted blankets and a large amount of ointments, bibs, food, accessories and even some pack-and-plays and furniture,” said Salvatore Spadaccino, coordinator for the Social Justice and Charitable Outreach group.
Gifts collected from the pro-life baby shower will benefit the Trumbull Food Bank, Malta House, Convent of Saint Mary Immaculate, Missionaries of Charity, Blessed Sacrament and the Mercy Learning Center.
Other projects the group has worked on include: a toiletry drive to support the homeless, a backpack and school supplies collection, a hat, coat and sweater drive, a Thanksgiving collection and Christmas Giving Tree, as well as visits to St. Joseph’s Manor, prison and bread ministry and many more.
“A great joy that we are experiencing is not that we are outdoing ourselves but that we are open to the Lord outdoing Himself through us,” said Spadaccino. “Through the leadership of our amazing pastor, Father Marcello and the Parish Office Team, it is a very spiritually rewarding time to be a parishioner at Saint Catherine of Siena, Trumbull.”
(For more information on the Social Justice and Charitable Outreach group at St. Catherine of Siena in Trumbull contact Salvatore Spadaccino at: Caritas@stcatherinetrumbull.com.)