Hearts to Serve
Hearts to Serve, a hotline to support all of those in need
855-423-6780 from 8 am to 5 pm daily
Want to volunteer? Click here!
In the midst of the crisis due to COVID-19 (coronavirus) generating increased needs from certain segments of the community, the Office of Life, Justice and Peace of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in partnership with St. Vincent de Paul Society and the Knights of Columbus launched Hearts to Serve, a hotline in support of all those in need, especially the elderly, homebound, and pregnant women. The joint effort answers the call of Pope Francis and of Archbishop José H. Gomez, to be missionary disciples.
“In this unprecedented time of uncertainty and sacrifice, we see wonderful acts of kindness and mercy emerging,” said Kathleen Domingo, senior director of the Archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace. “Hearts to Serve invites Catholics from every walk of life to join an effort of prayer and service for those most in need now. Together, we can nourish our faith and offer real comfort to our brothers and sisters. When once again we are able to gather in person, our community will be stronger for it.”
Those in need of food or supplies can call the hotline at 855-423-6780 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. A Catholic community of volunteers will be ready to help with essential needs. They will connect callers with local resources for food and other household necessities. The services that will be provided include: grocery or medicine delivery to homes, provision of food and other necessities from local food pantries to those that might not be able to afford it at this time, and guidance for additional questions that need larger answers.
Food banks, WIC, and Other Food Resources
Food Bank lists organized by SPA provided by CHIRP/LA: See attached. Those that are in the San Gabriel Valley (SPA 3) are on pages 3-4: Food Bank Guide CHIRP
WIC has temporarily expanded the foods that families can buy with their WIC card. Find the expanded list of foods in the California WIC App, as well as on the CDPH website. See the attached Word doc and more info here.
Stronger Families Blog’s COVID-19 resources post has a section on Benefits: Medi-Cal, CalFresh, CalWORKs, Unemployment, WIC and Food Resources.
First 5 LA’s page of family food resources.
Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)’s resources can help you help families:
- Guide to Ensuring Children Have Access to Nutritious Meals During COVID-19 School Closures
- Pandemic EBT: A Critical Opportunity for States
- Summary of USDA’s Nationwide Child Nutrition Waivers in Response to COVID-19
- COVID-19 Child Nutrition Guidance and Meal Sites by State
- Summary of School Districts and Program Providers’ Efforts to Serve Meals During School Closings
Free Summer Lunch & Snack Program From June 16th through August 7th, Tuesday through Friday, children and youth ages 18 and under receive a “grab and go” nutritious lunch and snack that include vegetables, fruits, seeds and healthy dairy products like milk, string cheese and yogurt, at 49 locations.
Headspace and the LA County Department of Mental Health
We’re all going through the current crisis together. To help you weather this storm, Headspace and the LA County Department of Mental Health have partnered to provide support and resources during this challenging time.
Sign up to access meditations, as well as sleep and movement exercises, designed to help you care for your mind — all free through 2020.
Click here for more information and resources.
LA County Department of Mental Health Resources:
The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supports the wellbeing of our County family, friends and colleagues. News and updates about COVID-19 may trigger anxiety, panic, frustration and depression—even when your risk of getting sick is low. During an infectious disease outbreak, please take the time to care for your own physical and mental health, and please reach out to others in kindness and compassion.
Click here for more information and resources.
Daily Life and Coping: Tips from the CDC
Ways to cope with stress
– Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories, including social media. Hearing about the pandemic repeatedly can be upsetting.
– Take care of your body.
– Take deep breaths, stretch, or meditate.
– Try to eat healthy, well-balanced meals.
– Exercise regularly, get plenty of sleep.
– Avoid alcohol and drugs.
– Make time to unwind. Try to do some other activities you enjoy.
– Connect with others. Talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling.
Mini Retreat Reflections: Encouraging Caregivers in this Challenging Time
In the past few months while speaking with and hearing the stories of Medical, Hospital and Nursing Home Staff, we identified a common theme. Caregivers are giving selflessly to others and making many sacrifices in this time of need. All have given so much of themselves in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to caring for those in need, it is important for medical, hospital and nursing home staff members to care themselves and maintain their own overall well-being. The stressful situations that have occurred for these individuals in the workplace have been traumatic for many and caused distress for even more.
The Archdiocese wanted to provide a way to encourage these caregivers; to fill them up with God’s love, our support and prayers. A mini retreat series has been created for all in the healthcare field, to care for them as they have cared for others. We understand it takes the work of many caregivers to promote the common good and this is a way to show our sincere gratitude and say thank you to these special people.
Faith & Education
City of Saints 2020
This year, the City of Saints Teen Conference will VIRTUALLY gather high school teens from across all 5 regions to form one family of faith. Archbishop Gomez reminds young people that we are the Church of Jesus Christ and we need to pray for one another and stick together. Even when we cannot gather in person, we are still invited to express our sainthood in our lives. This is your city. Be a saint! Click here for more information.
Grab and Go Kids Crafts To reserve your Grab & Go Craft bags, please call (626) 384-5288 on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 – 6 p.m. Check back every week beginning Friday, June 26 for weekly craft videos! Click here for more information.
Bringing Families Together to Pray the Holy Rosary Join Catholic Men’s Fellowship for another evening of fellowship and prayer for the reparation and healing of our communities and the nation.
- Saturday, July 18, 5:00 to 6:00 pm
- Heritage Plaza Park, 444 N. Citrus Ave., Covina, CA
- Please bring rosaries, lawn chairs, and masks.
Catholic Communication Collaboration; Office of Life, Justice, and Peace; and the Operations Department: “Catholic Social Teaching and Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” Free Online Course has Been Updated and is Now Available
The Catholic Communication Collaboration is leading the use of online courses for our schools and parishes. One of the first courses, “Catholic Social Teaching and Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” was updated in March 2020. Given the presidential election in November, it includes the bishops’ latest version (November 2019) of their document encouraging voters to educate themselves about Catholic Social Teaching as they prepare to vote. This course also includes links to state and national Catholic conferences on additional voter information, as well as numerous episcopal and papal documents that contribute to the history of Catholic Social Teaching. The link to the course, “Catholic Social Teaching and Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” is via shortcut at:
or directly at:
To navigate while in the course, there are “breadcrumbs” on the top of each page, a navigation path showing how you got to the point you are at. It starts with “Home – Courses – Life, Justice and Peace – Faithful Citizenship” and then goes into the topic you are currently in. You just need to click on the words “Faithful Citizenship” when you complete (or want to leave) a topic and return to the main page. Topics need not be accessed sequentially; you can skip around.
Within each topic, there may be multiple pages. They can be seen on the left-hand panel, entitled “Table of Contents.” You can click on the desired item. You need not go in order; you can skip around.
For any questions or comments, please contact the course creator, Ms. Eileen E. O’Brien of the Operations Department, at 213-637-7618.
California Bishops | Stations of the Cross: Overcoming Racism
Bishops from throughout the state of California have released a video today reenacting the Stations of the Cross to draw attention to the sin of racism and ask God’s help in eliminating it.
It is also intended to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the tragic killings at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, and the Juneteenth holiday, celebrating the end of slavery in the United States.
“People today suffer unjustly simply because of the color of their skin or their national origin,” says Bishop Robert McElroy, leader of the Diocese of San Diego and president of the California Catholic Conference. “Let us acknowledge the sin of racism and work to combat it in our social structures, our institutions and our hearts.”
Prayer to Overcome Racism
Mary, friend and mother to all,
through your Son, God has found a way
to unite himself to every human being,
called to be one people,
sisters and brothers to each other.
We ask for your help in calling on
seeking forgiveness for the times when
we have failed to love and respect
We ask for your help in obtaining from
the grace we need to overcome the evil
and to build a just society.
We ask for your help in following your Son,
so that prejudice and animosity
will no longer infect our minds or hearts
but will be replaced with a love
the dignity of each person.
Mother of the Church,
the Spirit of your Son Jesus
warms our hearts:
pray for us.