BI. Mother Teresa
Blessed Mother Teresa Social Outreach Apostolate
Feast Day September 5
It is not how much we do, but how much we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving
Mother Teresa cradling an armless baby orphan at her order’s orphanage in Calcutta, India, 1978
The Blessed Mother Teresa Outreach Apostolate is an organization founded by the parishioners of St. Veronica under the patronage of Blessed 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 and educators in India. She took the name of St. Therese of Lisieux, the patron saint of missionaries. In 1950 after receiving a call from God to work and live 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 the 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.
Our Mission Statement:
The mission of the Blessed Mother Teresa Apostolate at St. Veronica Church is rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The main goal of the apostolate is to relieve suffering by helping those in need meet their short term basic needs such as food, shelter and utilities. Members will accomplish this mission by meeting with those in need to understand their circumstances and determine the appropriate ways to assist with their needs. All clients will be treated with dignity and respect while keeping their needs and identity confidential. The apostolate provides opportunities for volunteers to act upon their faith by caring for others directly and by working with other groups who aid those in need. Other works of charity will be determined by the needs of the community and availability of resources.
Currently our outreach assistance to the community includes Emergency Assistance for those seeking help with their rent, utility bills or food, a Non-Perishable Food Drive to restock a local food pantry, a Back to School Supply Drive for underprivileged youth K-12, and our Christmas Giving Tree, which enables us to collect hundreds of gifts from our generous congregation to give to those in need.
We meet on the 1st Tuesday of the month. The meetings begin at 7:00 PM and last approximately one hour. New members are always welcome to join in our mission of helping those in need.
Spiritual Advisor: Fr. Charles Smith
For further information, call our hotline at 703-773-2030. Your call will be returned within 24 hours