“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord” 1 Corinthians, Chapter 12 lines 4-5.
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish features this Bible quote on its Outreach page. I spoke with Kathy Palmieri who facilitates the program. It is currently operating with 17 volunteers who make themselves available as often as needed. Kathy explained to me what that meant:
Aid is provided on a broad spectrum. For example, they may transport a person to and from appointments, help tidy up a home, or direct them to helpful resources, like an inexpensive furniture destination.
Kathy shared one special memory of a woman who she called “Pollyanna” because she was always so remarkably positive. Several years ago, the volunteers drove Pollyanna to see her husband, who was in the hospital rehabilitating.
“They became part of the family,” Kathy said of those they help, “you just grow to love these people. You grow to really know them. There’s a bond.”
Outreach made sure that Pollyanna visited her husband every day, seven days a week, for a year.
“She called us her angels,” Kathy said. “But we were very blessed to know her.”
In that way, all the volunteers conform to the needs of those who come to them. Right now, the Outreach is happy to provide a “meal train” for a local Bridgewater family frequently commuting to Boston for medical service. The volunteers cook and deliver meals to the family, hoping to reduce their general stress.
“For me, it’s rewarding,” Kathy concluded. “There’s really no better gift for myself. It brings me a lot of joy.” She said that her fellow volunteers would agree with that sentiment.
For more information, visit the parish’s website.