Audience listens intently August 22, 2015 – Parish lay ministry leaders (representing 49 parishes), Diocesan ministry leaders and other representatives from various Ministries of Mercy programs (e.g., Catholic Charities, Daystar Life Center, Society of St. Vincent de Paul) throughout our diocese gathered in the beautiful setting of the Bethany Center in Lutz for a day of appreciation and recognition for their efforts. The Ministries of Mercy initiative was developed to assist parishes in developing ministries focused on serving the poor, suffering and marginalized in their communities. They are modeled after Christ’s own example of reaching out to the poor and His Gospel mandate that we serve the least among us as manifested in the Corporal Works of Mercy. These include the following: Food & Clothing Ministries – providing these necessities to the poor Shelter Ministries – providing shelter to ...