Volunteer event this Saturday likely to draw roughly 100
to prep for Christmas Sharing event in a couple of weeks
He’s affectionately called Fr. Bob and there is no doubt he is like a father to thousands of St. Louisans. Msgr. Robert “Bob” Gettinger has been on a mission to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and minister to the marginalized in St. Louis for more than 40 years. In a typical year, the monsignor provides assistance totaling more than $375,000 to help pay rent, water, sewer, funeral, electric or gas bills. To support these efforts, he raises money twice a year with Christmas being the most significant drive. Again this year, he’s asking the public “to stretch their giving capabilities of time, talent, and treasure.”
“Before any checks are written or any work gets done, everyone gets prayed up,” said Msgr. Gettinger, who is the pastor of St. Augustine Catholic Church in North St. Louis. “Thank you. Thank you, Jesus,” he adds after the prayer. “The Lord is good, isn’t He?”
Separate from the year-long assistance his Christmas drive helps provide, Msgr. Gettinger also helps make Christmas extra-special for those in need. A couple of significant events are coming up in conjunction with the Christmas ministry that you may find interesting.
This weekend and next on December 7th and 14th from 10 am until Noon, a team of about 100 parents and kids from St. Joseph Parish in Cottleville will arrive at the Covenant House gym (5017 Maffitt at and N. Kingshighway) with food, bikes, and other toys. They will volunteer their time for a couple of hours to get things ready for the big “Christmas Sharing” event to be held Monday-Wednesday, December 16-18, from 9am-10am at the same location. This is when families will pick up food, including a grocery gift card for meat, and a choice of toys and a bike. About 3500 families or about 14,500 people will be blessed with food, gifts, sharing, and prayer. With Fr. Bob present, it is difficult to say which will be more abundant--the gifts or the prayer!
“Each and every one is a beautiful man or woman of God,” said the monsignor. “Just be a friend to every person who walks in and tell them God wants that same friendship with them too.”
Media is invited to these events (preparation weekends as well as Christmas Sharing days). Please coordinate directly with Msgr. Gettinger. He can be reached at 314.805.3693 on his mobile or 314.385.1934 at the St. Augustine Catholic Church parish office.