To proclaim the Gospel of Life through evangelization within the migrant community and to bring Our Lady’s message of God’s saving love and that she is the one to lead us to her Son.
St. Clement Catholic Church strives to welcome and include the migrant and seasonal agricultural workers and their families, who reside in the parish, through its Migrant Ministry. St. Clement parishioners, collaborators and volunteers from other Catholic parishes, schools and organizations assist in this outreach through the three ministries of Social Outreach, Pastoral Care and Education.
Due to the nature of their work the migrants have a great need for services after normal business hours. With this need in mind, in 2012, we began a Migrant Service Nights on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings. We began offering assistance with ACCESS applications, information and training on safety and health in the work place, immigration information, vision and health screenings, assistance with school issues and clothing, food and household items when available, to mention a few things. Local groups (TJ Max, Moose Lodge, Toys for Tots…) helped sponsor a Christmas Party with gifts and food for selected families. R.C.M.A., Hillsborough County Public Schools Migrant Program, and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital are some of the agencies that worked collaboratively with us.
In Eastern Hillsborough County area there are over 70 migrant camps. The Migrants begin arriving late August, as they finish with crops up north and stay until April or May. When possible, the migrants like to be here for the beginning of the school year, however the nature of their work does not always allow for that. Help in need to meet their ongoing
You, the community, can become involved in this ministry at many levels and together we will grow in knowledge of each other and our One God and creator of us all. Our Migrant needs at all levels. We invite individuals, groups, parishes and business to assist with the physical, financial and spiritual needs of these families. The goal of our Migrant Ministry Program is to assist and evangelize, within the predominately Mexican migrant community, while our sisters and brothers are here working.
Ministry Program invites you to become involved in whatever way you can.
Some ways to get involved:
- Assist a family/families with their needs(food, rent, utilities…)
- Set aside time to pray for the program
- Help collect needed items(diapers, baby items, food, furniture …)
- Help with Sacramental preparation
- Volunteer to help on Tuesday/Thursdays
- Gift cards-food-gas-phone(Windixie/WalMart/Aldi)
- Volunteer professional services legal/medical/hair/dental/eye
- Small group to teach English
- Make monthly donation to the Ministry Program(Note on payment that it is for Migrant Ministry)
St. Clement Migrant Ministry offers social services every Tuesday from 6:00pm-8:00pm in Cronin Hall (September-April).
Some of the services available are:
- Filling out applications for Food Stamps & Medicaid
- Furniture (when it’s available)
- Legal services
- Health exams