Holy Cross Union Church to Host Homeless Memorial Day In Springfield
On December 21, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., a group of non-profit agencies and interfaith congregations will gather at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Springfield for a Homeless Memorial Day Vigil.
This event, which is open to the public, is held on the longest night of the year and has been chosen as a time to remember all homeless people who died during the past year due to their lack of shelter or care.
The event will be collecting contributions of new and unexpired packages for the Holy Cross Food Ministry, which serves people of all backgrounds in the Springfield Area.
- Pasta and Sauce,
- Canned Soup, and
- Paper Towels
The Springfield Patriot has reported on the plans for the vigil.
Community Access Unlimited, Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, Family Promise of Union County, HomeFirst, Monarch Housing and the Union County Interfaith Coordinating Council are organizing this event. Holy Cross Lutheran Church is hosting this interfaith Vigil.
The Vigil will include a reading of the names of those who died during the past year, music and interfaith readings.
Organizers in Camden, Bergen, Hudson, Mercer and Middlesex Counties are planning similar homeless memorial and vigil events on December 21. Click here for more information.
The Vigil in Union County comes on the heels of a successful first annual Homeless Sabbath Weekend held across Union County held December 16-18, 2016.
Participation in the Homeless Sabbath included:
- Willow Grove Presbyterian Church in Scotch Plains performed “No Room – Now and Then” Christmas drama presented in worship December 18, 2016. Click here to view a video of the play.
- Temple Sha’arey Shalom in Springfield heard from Monarch Housing’s CEO Richard W. Brown about how we can and will end homelessness.
- Msgr. Tim Shugrue of St. Michael’s Church in Cranford wrote a column on page two of this link about homelessness.
- Pastor David Knecht from Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Springfield published a pastoral letter entitled “Tis the season to remember the homeless in our area.”