St. Ignatius of Loyola LOC (Archdiocese of Washington) Look Back at 2023

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Submitted by: Diana Gritz
President, St. Ignatius of Loyola LOC

As 2023 ended, we at St. Ignatius of Loyola (Fort Washington/Oxon Hill, Maryland) looked back at the successful drives that we sponsored throughout the year.

In January, we did an Epiphany Appreciation Luncheon to thank all our parishioners for all their support in the past year.

In February, we had our Annual Baby Shower to help the new moms at the Forestville Pregnancy Center. With the parish’s participation, our sewing group, and all our members, we were able to contribute to Forestville with much needed clothing and baby supplies.

In June, we said goodbye to our Pastor Fr. John Vidal. We presented him with 2 beautiful crucifixes to add to his collection. He was a great supporter of the LOC.

In July, we celebrated our patron saint, St. Ignatius of Loyola by having a virtual food drive. The money for this drive went to five of our local food pantries: St. Stephan’s, Fort Washington Food Pantry, ICAC, Homeless Outreach, Project Futures, and Holy Family.

In August, we did our Annual School Drive for one of the area schools. Once again, our parish came through for us and we were able to deliver an abundance of much-needed school supplies for the children in our neighborhood.

In October, we held our Thanksgiving Food Drive a little early so that the food pantries would have funds for the coming holiday season.

November is the month that we remember the deceased LOC members with a Mass and reading of the names. We lost one member this year, Irene Geron.

Thanks to generous donations, we were able to donate $1,100.00 in grocery store gift cards to two of our local schools, Samuel Chase Elementary and J. Frank Dent Elementary, to help twenty-two families with their Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.

For December, we did our second Annual Christmas Basket Raffle to raise money for the nursing homes and other charities. Our basket contained a handmade Christmas afghan, $300 in gift cards and other Christmas goodies.

Our sick and shut-in ministry works all year long with phone calls and cards to brighten our parishioners’ day who can no longer attend Mass. They were sent Lent/Easter packages and at Christmas we delivered gift bags filled with goods.

With the help of all our members, including our two new members, we hope to continue the good work the Lord guides us to do.

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