Sacred Heart

Social Ministries

Creating hope, opportunity and action

Sacred Heart Community Service is a non-denominational, non-profit organization which provides integrated services onsite free of charge to all in need. The programs offered are in three main categories: Essential Services (food, clothing, housing, and utility assistance), Self Sufficiency (education, family support, and employment), and Policy and Organization (training low income volunteers to work together to address the needs of their community).

Holy Spirit Parish supports and volunteers for many of the programs at Sacred Heart. Below is a list of ongoing and current opportunities to serve.

Survival Sacks

We gather on the first and third Thursdays of the month to distribute Survival Sacks, organize supplies, make hygiene kits, and fill backpacks. Sacks are distributed to those who are homeless and living on the streets of San Jose, usually about 50 on each distribution day.

Consider joining us on June 6th & June 20th. We meet at Sacred Heart at 8:45am and finish up about 10:45am.

For questions, please contact Tom Burgei and Patty O’Neil at

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Sacred Heart Saturday

School aged children and older are invited to join us for our next Sacred Heart Saturday. We will help in the Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, and anywhere else we are needed to help Sacred Heart prepare to serve their customers in the week ahead.

School aged children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent. Service hours can be earned.

Hope to see you at The Heart!

Join us at our next Sacred Heart Saturday on June 15th! Click the link below to sign up!

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The remaining 2019 Sacred Heart Saturday dates are:
Saturday, July 20th, 9:00-12:00
Saturday, August 17th, 9:00-12:00
Saturday, September 21st, 9:00-12:00
Saturday, October 19th, 9:00-12:00

Pack a Back 2019 is Coming!

Every fall, Sacred Heart distributes backpacks filled with supplies to children who would not otherwise have the materials they need to start the school year. Starting the school year with tools for success makes a huge difference in students’ confidence and attitude toward learning. Backpacks and supplies impact not only the student but the whole family. With a bulk of parents’ paychecks going to housing costs, little is left for essential items like school supplies. This year, Sacred Heart will give out 3,300 filled backpacks. Holy Spirit Parish has generously supported the Pack a Back campaign over the years. You and your family can be part of this important ministry by donating school supplies and/or volunteering with Holy Spirit Parish at Sacred Heart. Filled backpacks today nurture the leaders of tomorrow!

We will be collecting new school supplies here at the church during all Masses the weekends of July 13 and 20. Bins will also be available in the parish hall and parish office for donations during the week. See below for a list of needed items.

Volunteers will help sort, pack, and distribute supplies and backpacks. Online signups will open on the parish website on July 13.

Here are some important dates:

School supply drive in Holy Spirit Church: July 13-24

Volunteer signups open on parish website: July 13

Our shifts are still being set and times will be announced next week, but our tentative volunteer days are as follows:
– Sorting Day at Sacred Heart: July 27 (ages 8 and up)
– Packing Day at Sacred Heart: August 3 (ages 8 and up)
– Distribution Day at Sacred Heart: August 9 (ages 16 and up)

We hope you can participate in this drive by donating and/or volunteering!

Please contact Alison Gibbons Chardos with any questions at


Pack a Back Wish List:

New Back Packs for any age- No Red or Blue

(Please consider donating a sturdy gray or black backpack for a teen. To keep all kids safe from negative associations with certain colors, teens are only given black or gray backpacks. High school students trying to get ahead have lots of books to carry and the need is great for sturdy black or gray backpacks.)

Scientific Calculators

Ear buds

Glue Sticks

Pocket Folders


Spiral Notebooks

Packs of Wide Ruled Paper


Ballpoint Pens

Pencils & Erasers


Note Cards



USB Sticks

Three Ring Binders

And much more! —for a full list, see:

Sacred Heart Community Service also has a wish list on Amazon. On the Amazon website, Search “Find a List or Registry” and enter “Sacred Heart Community Service.” You can even have your order delivered directly to Sacred Heart!

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