Outreach

‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

Matthew 25:37

The Outreach Ministry is exercised primarily by its two Food Pantry locations: 

  • Parish Center 175 Ruggles Street, Roxbury
  • Parish Church 517 Blue Hill Avenue, Dorchester

We offer food assistance to individuals and families in our neighboring communities, a ministry that began many decades ago in the food pantries of St. Francis de Sales/St. Philip and St. John/ St. Hugh. When these parishes merged in 2005 and became St. Katharine Drexel Parish, the ministry of reaching out to and assisting others continued to be a priority.

Throughout the year our food pantries provide healthy and nourishing choices for meal preparation to our neighbors, and at Thanksgiving and Easter our volunteers distribute the turkeys and hams, special gifts from our generous donors including students from Bishop Fenwick High School, parishioners from the Lexington Catholic Collaborative and the monthly monetary support from individuals. We also count on the continued generosity of our own parishioners, an added blessing.

Before the COVID-19 Pandemic shutdown, our pantries provided weekly support to hundreds of families, and during the challenging months which followed, dry foods and canned goods are packaged and distributed on a call-in basis.

For further information on distribution days, please contact the Parish Center. (617) 445-8915