Category Archives: Hillsborough Hope

News and information about the parish support of the Hillsborough Hope initiative.

See Your Friars AND Help Our Community

During this pandemic, we can’t forget about those less fortunate than ourselves. Hopefully, you have read in the bulletin and in our parish emails about the different ministries here at Sacred Heart working with Catholic Charities to help feed the homeless in our community. Our ministries have been preparing breakfast bags and dropping them off every Sunday morning for those living in the Hillsborough Hope tent city. And all the food that we are using to prepare the breakfast bags has been provided by the generosity of you – our parishioners. We asked for your help, and the day before Palm Sunday, we had a collection drive and collected more than 5,700 fruit cups, cookies, breakfast bars, crackers, and snacks, along with 755 juice boxes.

We are going to have another collection drive for the guests of Hillsborough Hope, so mark your calendars for this Saturday, May 9, from 10 a.m. – noon for our next Twiggs Street drive-by collection.  Items needed include:

  • Box of individual fruit cups
  • Box of individual snack crackers
  • Bath towels (gently used okay)
  • Hygiene & toiletries items (not necessary to be travel size, just the smallest size)
  • Laundry detergent (bulk over quality)
  • Anti-bacterial wipes and hand sanitizer
  • Boxes of individual drink products (fruit juice, Capri Sun, etc)
  • Coffee condiments: creamer, sugar, and Nutrasweet/aspartame packets
  • Large water bottles: refillable bottles

Sacred Heart Supports Hillsborough Hope

In a previous post we announced that Sacred Heart and the parish Knights of Columbus had answered the call from Catholic Charities to support the Hillsborough Hope initiative. Palm Sunday morning, Grand Knight Walt Pjetraj delivered 110 breakfast meals to the people of the encampment. How did this all come together?

Late in the week, Fr. George was contacted by Catholic Charities to see if we would be willing to commit to providing one breakfast a week to the residents of Hillsborough Hope. Fr George responded “absolutely — how many, when and where”…. and then immediately reached out to several ministries to garner support. The Knights, 90 members strong, agreed to take on the task to supply the Palm Sunday breakfast. Friday, they acquired enough for the first week and delivered it to the parish office. Later on Friday we put out the call to the parish: Palm Sunday, Hillsborough Hope and You. Saturday afternoon a small team of Knights came to the parish hall to assemble the 110 breakfast meals. Continue reading Sacred Heart Supports Hillsborough Hope

Palm Sunday, Hillsborough Hope and You

In preparation to celebrate Palm Sunday, you are invited to stop by Sacred Heart and pick up blessed palms, the day before Palm Sunday, Saturday, April 4th. Also, during this pandemic, we can’t forget about those less fortunate than ourselves. We are working with Catholic Charities to help feed the homeless in our community (read below for more details) and hope you can help us.

How can you help?  Simply bring one of the needed items listed below when you pick up your palms on

    • Saturday, April 4th, from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, at the Parish Hall (corner of E. Twiggs St. and N. Marion St.).
    • Receive blessed palm fronds from one of the friars (as you stay in your vehicle) and they will collect your donations.
    • And don’t forget to join us on Sunday for our Online Mass!

Sacred Heart has agreed to provide breakfast for one morning a week for the immediate future. Items most in need to offer this breakfast include:

  • Box of individual drink products (fruit juice, Capri Sun)
  • Box of individual breakfast bars
  • Box of individual granola bars
  • Box of individual fruit cups
  • Box of individual fruit packs
  • Box of individual snack crackers
  • Box of individual packs of Pop Tarts
  • Box of Ensure
  • Container of Lysol wipes

*To note: Please do not bring fresh fruit, perishable items, or items that require refrigeration.

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