Friday, September 28, 2018 - Updated: 10:20 am
St. Patrick Parish in Canonsburg recently held a blessing service and dedication ceremony for a statue of the Holy Family and sign for Mary’s House, a facility that is used for the Family Promise ministry at the parish.
A national charitable organization, Family Promise is an interdenominational ministry that partners with local faith communities to provide temporary shelter and support to homeless families. The goal of Family Promise is to keep homeless families together, rather than separate them into various public assistance shelters while they seek permanent housing.
At St. Patrick, a nearby house purchased by the parish for other purposes was renovated and equipped for the ministry in 2015, through help and donations from several parishioners, volunteers and local businesses. To designate the facility as Mary’s House, named for the Virgin Mary, a sign was donated to the parish by Lilliput Play Homes of Finleyville.
In addition, a statue of the Holy Family, donated by parishioners, was blessed and dedicated at the ceremony. Luke Brandl, a St. Patrick parishioner, constructed a planter and base for the statue on the front lawn of Mary’s House as his Eagle Scout project for Boy Scout Troop 4, Laurel Highlands Council.
Luke is the son of Jerry and Lorena Brandl of Canonsburg, and the oldest of their four children, along with Lauren, Anna and Andrew. A freshman at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Luke earned his Eagle Scout award in March.
Family Promise has been in existence nationally for more than 30 years and screens families before admittance into the program. Through the ministry, various faith communities provide temporary overnight shelter and meals for several homeless families throughout the year.
During the day, families are transported to the Family Promise Day Center in Crafton, where they either are based for the day or go to school or work. For information about Family Promise, contact their offices at 412-921-2916.