“Their sturdy backs bent down, by labor and fatigue, their eyes intent upon the earth, sift through stubble discarded by the reapers.”
—Sister Michaela O’Connor
Our Mission: To seek out and advocate for the poor and needy, especially families, for the Kingdom of God since 1872
Above: The Gleaners, by Jean-François Millet (1857), depicting three peasant women gleaning a field of stray stalks of wheat after the harvest.
from the past
As Gleaners, we stand at the edge of society where Christ is encountered in Word, Silence, and Action where power of His Kingdom pushes out the boundaries of our world. We will be recognized by our simplicity of life and visible presence among the most abandoned.
Our mission as Gleaners will be to serve segments of the population who are underserved by Church and social institutions, including children, the homeless, the hungry, immigrants and refugees, those needing healthcare, and others.
for the future
Reflecting the heart of their mission the Sisters of the Holy Family’s legacy lives on into the future for others: Gardens at Palmdale, Opportunity Fund, Archives Collection and Early Childhood Education Scholarships.
Scripture Reflection for Sunday, November 17, 2019
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
“He will rule the world with justice, and the peoples with equity.” This is the promise of our responsorial psalm this Sunday. Apparently there are people who think justice and equity are in opposition to one another, and true justice means I get more than other people because I deserve better — for whatever reason. That allows people with strange beliefs about the world’s social order to claim to be Christian. Our God rules with justice AND equity, and we are about to begin the season of Advent when Christians pray with longing hearts for the coming of our God in God’s fullness. That’ll be the day! We say “yes,” Lord!
Sister Carol J. Crater, SHF
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Bay Area United Against Hate Week
November 17-23, 2019
Bay Area United Against Hate Week is a call for local civic action by people in every Bay Area community to stop the hate and implicit biases that threaten the safety and civility of our neighborhoods, towns, and cities. Download flyer