St. Catharine is an active host parish for Family Promise of Bergen County. Family Promise is an organization associated with various congregations in Bergen County to offer clean, safe overnight lodging for homeless families.
St. Catharine hosts families (up to 14 people) in our Ministry Center two different times during the year for one or two weeks at a time – usually in the late winter/early spring and again in the fall. the spring and again in the fall.
The dates St. Catharine will be hosting in 2017 are:
- February 5 -19, 2017
- October 22-29, 2017
Two weeks before the families arrive, there is a “Sign Up Weekend” where lists of needed items are posted after each mass and parishioners can sign-up to donate one or more needed items.
Additionally, there are many opportunities for parishioners to participate. You may wish to volunteer in a role that interacts with the families or you may prefer to play a “behind the scenes” role. Every role is important to providing a good experience for these families at St. Catharine. To get a list and description of the various volunteer roles, please
For more information on Family Promise of Bergen County, please
For more information on the program being run at St. Catharine, please
for our handbook