About Sarah Noonan

Sarah Noonan is a missionary who has been to missions in Africa, Peru and the Philippines. She has worked as a teacher of the elementary grades and a chef in Buffalo, New York. Sarah comes from a family of 8 and has 41 nieces and nephews...and counting!! Sarah is spending a year with the Oikos Sisters and their mission, updating the website as she goes!!

2021 Virtual and In-Person FUNdraiser!!!

Greetings to all supporters of the Oikos Sisters and the Poor Household of God!!                                                      We have exciting news!!

 

                                        Our annual FUNdraiser will be held at                                                                              St. Petronille Parish Life Center                                                                                       420 Glenwood Ave. Glen Ellyn, IL                                      Friday, Oct. 8. 6-10pm

                                           But the fun begins well before that!!                                      This year we are having a HYBRID event that will be both virtual and in-person!!                                                  It all begins on October 1st at 9am.                                                          Simply click on the link below that will be active on October 1st at 9am                               to see all the items up for bidding and begin making your bids!!

                                                   https://aesbid.com/PHG21

*You do not need to be there on October 8th to be the winner!!  That means, wherever you happen to be on October 8th, you could make out BIG!!  The virtual event will continue from October 1st until the main event on the 8th.

And what makes that event so special???  Sr. Clarissa will be there!!

         Sr. Clarissa will share with us updates from the past 2 years in the Oikos Mission.   You may remember that Sr. Clarissa couldn’t come last year because of the pandemic.                                     Although we are still in the midst of the pandemic,                                 God has made a way for her to be here with us!!

We will hear about the pandemic in the Philippines, updates from Oikos Village and a new partnership with the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters for a new livelihood for the poor!

“Planting Seeds of Hope in God’s Poor Household!”

So, join us online for an exciting auction!!!!

              And if you are able, please join us in-person on October 8th at St. Pet’s!!                            We will be enjoying an American Adobo hot dinner (barbecue!!!)                                           And although there will be some changes from other years                                                            (mask wearing, contact tracing, boxed dinners)                                     it is sure to be as FUN a night as in the past!!!

We look forward to seeing you online!!

             And for you locals, we look forward to seeing you at St. Petronille’s!                                      If you are able to come, please RSVP by October 1st:                                       at 630-858-3758 or PoorHouseholdofGod@yahoo.com.

                                                         Thank You Ever So Much!!!                                                             May the Good Lord Bless You!!!

                  

2021 PARISH MISSION APPEALS

We are so excited to let you know that Sr. Clarissa and Sr. Sarah will be able to come to the United States this year!!!

You may recall that last year, because of co-vid, the Sisters were not able to come.   But now, through the graciousness of God, we are thrilled to be receiving them once again.  Below is the schedule for the two Sisters…please take a look.

If you are able to attend, wonderful!!  Bring a friend or two as well!!

If, because of your location or busy schedule you are not able to attend, we humbly ask that you please pray for our Sisters as they appeal to the parishioners of the parishes below.  Also, because of the pandemic, some parishes offer on-line viewing of the mass.  Check out the parishes websites to see if you can join us virtually!

Sr. Clarissa’s Parish Appeals:
Sept. 11/12 -St. Anne Church – Oswego, IL
Sept.18/19 -Immaculate Conception Church – Morris, IL
Sept. 25/26 -Resurrection Church – Jacksonville, FL
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Sr. Sarah’s Parish Appeals:
July 10/11 -St. Aloysius Gonzaga – Cheektowaga, NY  
July 24/25 -St. Isidore – Perry, NY
Aug. 21/22 -St. Vincent de Paul, Niagra Falls, NY
Sarah’s parents’ parish of over 10 years, Our Lady of the Nativity in Clarence, NY has invited Sr. Sarah to speak to their congregation on Sept 4/5.

Also, please note the date of our FUNdraiser and “Thank You” Celebration as well… October 8, 2021 at St. Petronille Parish in Glen Ellyn.                                                   This year, we will be doing a hybrid fundraiser that will include a online virtual silent auction AS WELL AS an in-person, exciting event on the night of the revealing of the winners.  Join us on-line, in person or both!!

If you are planning on attending the event, please RSVP by October 1st…

Mary Jane Trinkus 630-858-3758
Salamat! ~ Thank you!

WARMEST WISHES TO OUR PHoG FAMILY!!!!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!  HAPPY HANNUKAH!!!  SEASON’S GREETINGS!!!

To all of our benefactors and donors of The Poor Household of God Family, we would like to wish you all the best this holiday season!!  We thank you for your love and support of our beloved Oikos Sisters and their Mission in the Philippines!  Without your generous giving, the Oikos Sisters would not be able to do the work that they do in the city of Borongan, in the many barrios surrounding the city and in their region of Eastern Samar.  

The Oikos Sisters send their warmest regards to all of you and want you to know that you are in their prayers this holiday season and throughout the whole year.  Because they too are experiencing the hardships and difficulties of CoVid19, they appreciate all the more your generosity and kindness to them. 

One of the Christmas traditions in the Philippines is Christmas caroling.  From December 16th until the New Year, the streets all throughout the Philippines are filled with the music of children, teens and adults singing carols with creative homemade instruments at their neighbors’ homes, and are usually given pesos or candy for their songs.  It is a tradition the Oikos Mission participates in each year to our local benefactors…and it is a completely amazing and fun experience!!

This year because of the pandemic, caroling in the Philippines is restricted, so the Oikos Mission has gone techno!!  THIS VIDEO WAS CREATED AT THE NEW CHURCH IN OIKOS VILLAGE, ST. FRANCIS CHURCH!!  Please enjoy the video below as our gift to you for your support of the Oikos Sisters, enabling us to fulfill our mission to help them reach out to all in need.  You are very treasured!!

WISHING ALL OF YOU A WONDERFUL NEW YEAR FULL OF GOD’S BOUNTIFUL BLESSINGS OF GOOD HEALTH, HAPPINESS AND HOPE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW!! 

Giving Tuesday 2020!!

Thank you for checking out our Giving Tuesday page on our website!!  We are dedicated to helping the Oikos Sisters do what they do for the poorest of the poor in the Philippines.  Take a look at the pictures below to see some of the work they’ve done in the past, and if you want to join us in helping them, follow the steps below.  Thank you!  We are thankful for you!!!

                     

If you want to support the Oikos Sisters in their mission to help the poorest of the poor in Eastern Samar in the Philippines this Giving Tuesday, simply go to our donate page to make your contribution!  You can either donate online using PayPal or you can mail your donation to Mary Jane Trinkus.  See the details here.

                                   Together with the Oikos Sisters, we thank you                                                  for your interest in helping them help others!

Hand in hand to a better tomorrow…love knows no distance!!

A Letter from the Oikos Sisters to You

To all of our faithful supporters and visitors to the Poor Household of God website:

In this difficult time of pandemic from CoVid19, we in the Oikos Mission are still working hard to keep going with the mission as we follow the health protocols set up by the local government. We’ve been able to give relief goods to families suffering from typhoons and from the effects of strict quarantines. As school is starting again, 100% distance learning, we are doing our best to help our scholars be successful even with poor internet signals and challenging modules to complete. We have set up prayer schedules in each of our mission homes for the end of this pandemic, for the healing of all the sick, the strengthening of all the front liners and for protection of our Oikos Family, our own families and all of our supportive benefactors.

We understand the strain the entire world is under now with CoVid19, which has made its way here to Borongan, Eastern Samar. From health scares to financial crises, the entire world is suffering. Please know that you and your families are in our prayers each day.   As the holidays approach in the United States and throughout the world, we know that the Poor Household of God may be doing some fundraising for our mission, and we are so very grateful for their efforts!!! However, if at this time, you would like to donate to us, but are unable to, we completely understand! Please keep us in your prayers! As we continue to reach out to the poorest of the poor and to be a light of encouragement and hope here in our homeland, we thank God for His Divine Providence in taking care of us and in providing for all of our needs. For those of you who have been inspired to give in the past, we thank God for you!! Please keep us in your mind and heart in the future!                                                                                                               Thank you and God bless you! To God be the Glory!!

With love and prayers,                                                                                                            The Oikos Sisters

 

Join in the Fun: Our Virtual Silent Auction!

We at the Poor Household of God are so sad that Sr. Clarissa was unable to come to the US this year to share her stories of the amazing work being done in the Oikos Mission with her sweet smile and passionate heart.  We know that so much is still needed there both in the mission and throughout their mission area, the province of Eastern Samar.

Just because Sr. Clarissa is unable to come here, doesn’t mean we still can’t send our love, prayers and blessings to them.  Every year in the Diocese of Joliet, IL, we have a silent auction fundraiser to support the Oikos Mission in the Philippines held at one of the parishes in our diocese.  However, because of CoVid19, we are unable to have the fundraiser as we have had it in past years.  But thanks to modern technology, we are able to have a VIRTUAL SILENT AUCTION!! Come join in the fun and feel free to share with family and friends. The more the merrier and what a wonderful way to help the Oikos Sisters continue to do God’s work…

When is it:  Starting on Tuesday August 18, 2020 at 9am and ending the following Tuesday, August 25th at 10pm.

What is it:  An auction featuring many exciting and fun prizes, including a week in the Caymen Islands, a trip to South Haven, MI., fun and clever items to enjoy, a beautiful handmade nativity set, homemade cozy treasures, techy toys and so much more…

How do I access it:  Click on this link: www.aesbid.com/elp/poor20/

Instructions are there for the auction.  Check out all the cool prizes and bid on the one(s) that excite you!!  There are also options to make a donation to the Oikos Mission.

We hope you visit the site and enjoy the auction!  We are all excited about the event and can’t wait to the thrilling end!  

Thank you for your interest in helping the Oikos Ptochos Tou Theou Mission.  Please keep the Mission and all the Sisters in your prayers.  We appreciate you and your concern for the poorest of the poor in the Philippines!    God bless you!!!

To God be the Glory!!!

EXCITING NEWS!!

Even in the midst of the pandemic, the Oikos Sisters have been very busy!  Strict limitations make their work a little more complicated to do, but they are going ahead full force with catechesis for their volunteers, teaching new livelihood programs and helping the poor who come to them for medicine, food, and help with educational assistance and understanding the new educational guidelines set by the government.  All of this is done with social distancing, of course, and masks!

The  restrictions regarding travel make it hard for the Sisters to go at a moment’s notice where the Spirit leads them, but they have been doing the work, taking the steps, following the protocols, and although it takes a bit more time to get to them, they are reaching out to the poor in Eastern Samar with the same determination and joy as ever!

     

The Oikos Sisters send their most gracious thanks to all the members of the Poor Household of God, to anyone who makes a donation or who visits this site!  Because of the pandemic, Sister Clarissa and Sister Sarah have been unable to journey to the US for the yearly mission appeals.  That being the case, the Sisters are more excited than ever with the Poor Household of God, who is working overtime, learning new tricks on how to run a virtual silent auction!!

Every year during Sr. Clarissa’s visit to the Diocese of Joliet, IL, there is a silent auction fundraiser that takes place and is full of fun, excitement, good food and lots of love.  With the exception of the good food, the Poor Household of God is really hoping to pull off this amazing, high tech labor of love!  And the Sisters are just as excited about it!  See for yourself:

We’ll soon have a link to the auction so you can check out the cool offerings to bid on.    We are so, so excited about all the items we have so far, and there is still more to come.  So, stay tuned!!

One last bit of amazing news about the Oikos Sisters:  Their postulants have now progresssed in their formation and are now novices!!  In June, the four young women celebrated their novitiate, and it was quite a joyous occasion!!  Please keep these brave women in your prayers as they journey on in faith and hope in the Lord!!

Know that you and your families are in the prayers of the Oikos Sisters!  Click on the links in the menu to see the amazing work the Oikos Sisters do.  As they said in the video, YOU are the reason they are able to do what they do.  Thank you for your donations and prayers for the Sisters.  You are awesome!

Typhoon Vongfong Emergency Relief Mission

There are no words that could express the gratitude of the Oikos Sisters for the Poor Household of God for help in their province!!

For more than 10 years now, The Poor Household of God has been helping the Oikos Sisters with accomplishing all the dreams they’ve had in helping the poorest of the poor in Eastern Samar, the Philippines, and they are so very grateful!  Sometimes, however, the work the Sisters do is not planned, but as a result of an urgent need, as was the case last May.

On May 14, 2020, a powerful typhoon, that was not expected to be so damaging, hit the areas just north of where the Oikos Sisters live in their province.  The terrible typhoon, outside of “typhoon season”, regarded at first as a non-significant typhoon, caught residents in the northern part of Eastern Samar unprepared. It brought with it unforecasted high flooding, even up to covering houses and the strong gusty winds demolished homes and power lines.  The Oikos Sisters, in their gratitude that Borongan was spared from the brunt of the typhoon’s strong winds, immediately pondered the idea of helping the people in the upstream barrios of Arteche, Eastern Samar’s northernmost town.

After an initial emergency mission to the effected areas, the Oikos Sisters were able to see the damage first hand and ask what the most urgent needs for the poor people were.  The simple fact was, the people lost almost everything.  The Sisters and volunteers saw such pain and uncertainty in the eyes of the people, and unbelievable devastation of their homes and land.  Two subsequent missions were planned and carried out, thanks to the generosity and love of The Poor Household of God, the Diocese of Joliet-Partnership in Mission, Water with Blessings and donors from the area of Buffalo, New York.

Our Missionaries in Borongan worked to pack water filters, laundry soap and basins for doing the laundry, bath soap, toothpaste and tooth brushes, lots of vegetables and eggs, cooked meals, bread, rice, tarps for those who lost their homes and loads and loads of love!  And for the first time since the arrival of CoVid19 in the Philippines, the Sisters took off, in usual style, not letting the difficult journey or the intense heat impede their need to help the poorest of the poor.  They were rewarded with smiles and so much relief on the faces of the people in these areas.

The Oikos Sisters send their most sincere thanks to The Poor Household of God community, for without you help, these missions would have been impossible.  They would also like to appeal to you for help.  Typhoons have no season anymore, their strength is so difficult to forecast and their impact is devastating.  Not only that, but the poorest of the poor still suffers from strict CoVid 19 quarantine restrictions and need help providing food for their families.  Thank you for your continued help, our dear PHOG friends!  Please continue to support and pray for the Oikos Sisters, working with them in their mission to reach out to God’s beloved poor.

For a quick link to our donate page, click here: 

The Latest News in the Philippines

First of all, we at the Oikos Mission would like to give our most sincere and overjoyed THANKS to the whole Poor Household of God community and all who donated in the Fall Matching Campaign…

Not only did we MEET our goal of            $10,000.00….WE EXCEEDED IT!!!!

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!  Now the Community Center in the Charity Village can go from a draft on paper to a real-life building that we can use for our ministries and programs for the poor, for safety and even to rent out for income for the Charity Village.  May God bless all who gave and prayed for this endeavor!!  We will be sure to keep you updated on the progress of the Community Center as soon as we begin the construction!

 

Next, the Philippines has been hit by another devastating typhoon, Typhoon Phanfone, or locally known as Typhoon Ursula, made landfall last Tuesday, December 24th in Salcedo, Eastern Samar at around 4pm.  That is about 2 hours south of our home in Borongan.  We spent our Christmas Eve safely in the home of our Bishop, His Most Reverend Bishop Crispin Varquez, as there was a threat of flooding in our village.  The winds and the rain were extraordinarily strong, but it was even worse at the storms center, south of Borongan.  Many of our scholars come from that area, and most of them have either homes that sustained much damage, or were completely taken away by the storm.  Some areas in Eastern Samar are still without power, including our village called Sohutan, although most places around Borongan have had their power restored.  In the strongly effected areas, though, they are projecting 2 to 3 months with no power for those poor people!  As you can see, the lush green banana and coconut trees that grow so abundantly in our area have been devastated once again.

We at the Oikos Mission will be centering our work on those effected areas in the days and months to come.  Already we are planning an immersion for just after the first of the year for one of the most destroyed villages here.  Please pray for our people, for the complete restoration of the lives of the people effected and for the Oikos Mission as we reach out to those most in need.  If you would like to donate to help our mission help those in need, please go to our DONATE page, or click here, for instructions on giving… please be sure to signify your donation for the help of the victims of Typhoon Ursula.

Many, many thanks once again!!  Please know that you are all in our prayers, and that we especially pray now for a blessed and prosperous New Year for all of you!!

Read All About It!! Big News in the Oikos Charity Village!!!

It’s growing!  It’s Growing!!  IT’S GROWING!!!  The Oikos Charity Village continues to grow and the dream of the Oikos Sisters continues to become a reality with each new day that passes.  Here, we’d like to share with you the new developments, and to express our heartfelt thanks for all the prayers and generous donations from the Poor Household of God Community.

On October 26th, the Oikos Community celebrated our first community mass in the Charity Village in our temporary chapel.  We gathered all of the residents of the village and celebrated our thanks to God, and to all those who have helped to make this village a reality!!  We will celebrate each month on the last Saturday together with mass and lunch…and next month, on the last Saturday, it will be the 61st birthday of our Elder Servant, Sister Mines!!  What a celebration that will be!!!

And soon… da ta ta da….. (drum roll, please…) we will be celebrating in our NEW St. Francis of Assisi CHAPEL!!!  Named after our patron saint in Oikos, this chapel is already being built!!  Thanks to a very generous donation from a family in the Poor Household of God Community, the chapel is now FULLY FUNDED!!  Take a look at the ongoing construction:

 

But while construction is ongoing, we still have our little chapel…                                                           not big enough for all of us to fit in,                                    but definitely a sweet little chapel made with love!!!

In other Charity Village news, the community gardens just keep growing!!!  Every day work is being done in our green house and in the outside gardens, and on Tuesdays the Oikos Sisters have their day in the sun (or rain as it’s the rainy season now!) working in the gardens, along with our postulants!!  What fun it is to get down and dirty in the mud, and so, so exciting to see the fruit of our work!!  Here’s some pictures…

Inside our greenhouse, we have lettuce, basil, squash, cucumbers, spinach and tomatoes!!!

   

And outside, we are growing eggplant, okra, all kinds of native greens, squash, sweet potatoes, and many, many kinds of fruits!!

   

We are so, so excited about all the growth in the Charity Village… the vegetation, the chapel and the sense of neighborly love being built among the residents there.  We are indeed quite blessed!!  Each member of the Poor Household of God Community is a blessing to us as well!!  Please know that with each nail driven into our buildings, with each seed planted in the ground and with each smile each and every day, you and your families are thought of and prayed for!!  Thank you, dear extended family of the Oikos Community!!                                 We love and thank you!!