The Ladies of Charity is the world’s oldest faith-based volunteer group. It was formed in 17th century France, was founded by St. Vincent de Paul and St. Louise de Marillac. They are recognized throughout the world as champions of the poor and underprivileged. The seeds sown by these two heroes of charity have grown into a worldwide ministry for social justice, with 420,000 members in 43 countries.
St. Matthias the Apostle Parish Ladies of Charity is a group of women coming together to minister to the disadvantaged of the parish and community. Meetings are held in the Hughes Center on the second Thursday of each month from September to June after morning Mass.
We participate in a number of activities within the PG County community as well as in the Archdiocese of Washington. Some of our activities include but not limited to the following:
1. Weekly Parish food pantry
2. ADW Communion Brunch
3. Bingo and Birthday Parties at Sacred Heart Nursing Home
4. May Day Celebration at St. Ann’s Center for Children, Youth and Families
6. PGC Quarterly Meetings
7. Shepherd’s Cove project
Ladies of Charity distributes food on Fridays from 9am to 12 noon with the exception of Federal Holidays, Holy days and Fridays after Thanksgiving and Christmas. Clients must live in the following zip codes: 20706, 20715, 20716, 20720, 20721, 20769, 20774 and 20720. Other zip codes are urged to call or visit listed food pantries within your area.
Our association was recently featured on the national Ladies of Charity web site.
Interested in helping others? The Ladies of Charity motto is, “To Serve rather than be served in Humility, Simplicity and Charity.” If you would like to join or just want some more information, please contact Debbie Self at 301-577-4201.