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Community Giving: A History of Sharing Time, Talent, and Treasure in Orlando

From a $90,000 a year thrift store for the poor to soup and sandwiches for the hungry, St. James Cathedral’s history of community giving is dedicated to serving the needy in our area. As an Orlando organization tithing 10% of their collection, St. James financially supports such worthwhile institutions as Apopka Family Learning Center, B.E.T.A. Center, Coalition for the Homeless, Covenant House of Central Florida, Fresh Start, Health Care Center of the Homeless, iDignity, JMJ Life Center, Morning Star School, Russell Home for Atypical Children and more.

In this excerpt (9:34) from an oral history interview at St. James Cathedral on August 15, 2011, Frank and Mary Jane Sevick highlight the origins and outreach of a few St. James community activities such as offering soup and sandwiches to those hungry at lunchtime which grew into the Daily Bread and the development of the Christian Service Center. They recall St. James parishioners such as Kathy Hummel, one of the founding members of B.E.T.A., Beverly Gawlick, who started Outreach Love,  Dick Rupp, who assisted with the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store on Parramore, and St. James Pastor Father David Page, who worked diligently with the downtown community to establish the Christian Service Center.

The legacy of community building continues as 2,789 people in Orlando were assisted by St. James through St. Vincent de Paul donations last year. Learn more about the history of community organizations in the Orlando area and the contributions made to the lives of our citizens in this interview.

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Valerie Hall, St. James Parishioner
Interview with Valerie Hall at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando, November 6th, 2010. Born in Jacksonville, Florida Valerie Hall came to...
Thanksgiving Mass at Saint James Cathedral
1984 photo of parishioners at Thanksgiving Mass at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando. Pictured front and center are Kelly Wilkes, age  2,...
Bishop Grady Receives Food for the Poor at the Saint James Cathedral Thanksgiving Day Mass
1984 photo of Bishop Grady receiving food for the poor at the St. James Cathedral Thanksgiving Day Mass. St. James Cathedral has a long...
Sister Mary Katherine Palisin, Saint James Cathedral
Photo of Sister Mary Katherine Palisin, Sisters of Notre Dame nun and Director of Pastoral Ministry at St. James Cathedral in downtown Orlando.
Saint James Cathedral Community Life
Community plant sale at Saint James Cathedral Community LIfe Center in downtown Orlando.   Fr. Page, Pastor of St. James Cathedral 1972-1986, en...
Sister Mary Catherine Brennan and the Sevicks at Saint James Cathedral
Photo of Sister Mary Catherine Brennan with Frank and Mary Jane Sevick at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando.
Michael R. Walsh, St. James Cathedral Parishioner
September 11th, 2011 photo of Orlando attorney Michael R. Walsh at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando. Hear highlights from his oral history...
St. James Jubilee
December 1978, St. James Jubilee, vol. 6, no. 2, page 3, parish newsletter of Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando. "Holiday Happenings" by...
Father David Page, Saint James Cathedral
Photo of Father David Page and parishioners at Saint James Cathedral in downtown Orlando collecting food for the poor in our community.
Saint James Cathedral
Almsgiving at Saint James Catholic Cathedral in downtown Orlando.
Saint James Cathedral
Bishop Grady and Father David Page receive food for the poor from parishioners of all ages  during Thanksgiving Mass, 1984, at Saint...
Christian Service Center
40 Years of Helping Those in Need by Dan Wallace, Revelations August 2011, a history of  Daily Bread and the  Christian Service...
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Community Giving: A History of Sharing Time, Talent, and Treasure in Orlando

From a $90,000 a year thrift store for the poor to soup and sandwiches for the hungry, St. James Cathedral's history of community giving is dedicated to serving the needy in our area. As an Orlando organization tithing 10 % of their collection, St. James financially supports such worthwhile institutions as Apopka Family Learning Center, B.E.T.A. Center, Coalition for the Homeless, Covenant House of Central Florida, Fresh Start, Health Care Center of the Homeless, iDignity, JMJ Life Center, Morning Star School, Russell Home for Atypical Children and more. In this excerpt from an oral history interview at St. James Cathedral on August 15, 2011, Frank and Mary Jane Sevick highlight the origins and outreach of a few St. James community activities such as offering soup and sandwich to those hungry at lunchtime which grew into the Daily Bread and the development of the Christian Service Center. They recall St. James parishioners such as Kathy Hummel one of the founding members of B.E.T.A., Beverly Gawlick who started Outreach Love,  Dick Rupp who assisted with the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store on Parramore, and Fr. David Page who worked diligently with the downtown community to establish the Christian Service Center. The legacy of community building continues as 2,789 people in Orlando were assisted by St. James through St. Vincent de Paul donations last year. Learn more about the history of community organizations in the Orlando area and the contributions made to the lives of our citizens in this interview.




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