We can do no great things; only small things with great love.”
~Saint Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa cradling an armless baby orphan at her order’s
orphanage in Calcutta, India, 1978
We embrace Saint Mother Teresa’s compassion and commitment to help the needy by organizing and promoting various charitable events that provide material and financial assistance for the underprivileged.
The Saint Mother Teresa Outreach Apostolate is an organization founded by the parishioners of St. Veronica under the patronage of Saint Mother Teresa. Her life began as Gonxha (Agnes) Bojaxhiu in Skopje, Yugoslavia on August 26, 1910. At the age of 18 she left home to join an Irish order, The Loreto Sisters of Dublin, who were missionaries. In 1950 after receiving a call from God to live and work among the poor, Sister Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. She was known for her great faith, compassion and commitment in providing aid to the poor, sick, orphaned and dying. Today we embrace her same compassion to help those in our community who are in need. We assist anyone regardless of their race, creed or color.
The Lenten Cross supports the needs of local residents living in poverty by parishioners donating spiritual, financial and material needs distributed through the House of Mercy in Manassas, VA.
School Supply Drive
The annual school supply drive benefits students living in rural poverty Madison, Culpeper, Rappahannock and Shenandoah Counties of Virginia.
Bagged Meal Donation
SMTOA volunteers make bagged lunches for the residents and drop-in clients at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter in Reston, VA.
Christmas Giving Tree
The annual Christmas Giving Tree benefits those living in poverty in rural Madison, Culpeper, Rappahannock and Shenandoah Counties of Virginia and residents at the Manor Care Nursing Home in Fairfax, VA.
Meetings are held the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Acolyte Room and last from 30-60 minutes. All are welcome to attend.
Volunteers are always welcome and appreciated. Children, youth and teens may assist with events (age limit may apply for some events) and receive service hours for helping.
Thank you for your continued support of the Saint Mother Teresa Outreach Apostolate.
The SMTOA Ministry is set up to help those in need in our local community and within our Diocese and surrounding areas. The funds for the ministry come from donations to the Poor Box (the black safe in the north vestibule), designated donations through Faith Direct, the Thanksgiving Day Offertory and other donations designated to Saint Mother Teresa Outreach. In addition, the Parish donates 1% of the Sunday offertory each month to the Spiritual & Corporal Works of Mercy Ministry and to Saint Mother Teresa Outreach Apostolate.
The total amount donated each month is distributed to the following charities on a rotating basis:
25% to Western Fairfax Christian Ministry each month and designated to help “stock food pantry”
25% to Cornerstone each month designated for “shelter & food aid”
The remaining balance rotates out to 2 of the following charities per month
- Poor Clares – Alexandria VA
- Little Sisters of the Poor – Washington DC
- Dominican Sisters – Linden, Va
- Christ House – Alexandria, Va
- Divine Mercy Care – Fairfax, VA
- A Woman’s Choice – Falls Church, VA
- Our Lady of the Blue Ridge – Madison, VA
- Catholic Distance University – Hamilton, VA
- Missionaries of Charities – Washington, DC