FIAT 2018 Weekend of Service


What is FIAT?

Latin for Mary's "yes" to God, FIAT is St. Angela's way of saying "yes" to God's call to serve those in need. This parish-wide weekend of service brings together hundreds of parishioners serving the community in many ways. Opportunities to serve are offered throughout Cleveland, Fairview Park, and right at St. Angela.

When is FIAT?

FIAT 2018 will be held the weekend of Friday, November 30th to Sunday, December 2nd.

How do I get involved?

The first step is to visit the sign-up page and register. Sign-ups are on a first-come, first-served basis and will be open from November 4th to November 14th. Once you are registered, additional activity information and coordination will be communicated to you.


Please contact Matt at (585) 794-0400 with any questions!

Special and Unscheduled Activities:

These activities can be done in addition to regular FIAT service opportunities. To sign up for these activities, click on Thursday on the sign-up page. They are listed on Thursday only for the sake of signing up.

Bakers; Cookie Making!

If you wouldn’t mind baking a few dozen cookies for FIAT, or sharing Christmas cookies you’ve already made, we need bakers! We bring cookies to many of the FIAT activities and our Cookie Walk, a special parish event to support FIAT where we sell cookies to support FIAT, is returning this year! Cookies can be made prior to the weekend. See upcoming bulletin announcements for more details on the Cookie Walk.

Are you crafty? Blankets and other handmade items needed.

St. Angela Merici supports groups that help babies and families in need. These organizations will gladly take blankets such as fleece tie blankets (that require no sewing), quilts, or crocheted baby afghans (approximately 36” x 40” for the size). They also would also be grateful for baby gowns or infant pajamas; sizes ranging for babies up to 24 months. Items can be made prior to the weekend; further pickup/delivery coordination will occur after sign-ups are complete.

Giving Tree Help

Saint Angela's annual Giving Tree will be collecting gifts the same weekend as FIAT. We need assistance in wrapping, delivering gifts, and being available to be at the church when organizations arrive to pick up gifts. Deliveries are located throughout Cleveland. More information about times and locations will follow if you are available for any of these services.

Listing of FIAT Weekend Opportunities:

  • After registration closes, further details on the selected activities will be communicated to participants.

  • For food-providing activities, meals will be coordinated among the participants and reimbursement funds may be available.

  • See specific activity details, below, for time, number of volunteer slots, and age restrictions.

Friday Service Opportunities:

Catholic Worker Storefront 4141 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, 44113 2:30 till 5:30 pm

In your own home, prepare part of a simple meal (soup or sandwiches) for 50-70 guests at this drop in center for low income or homeless individuals. Take to Catholic Worker Storefront, serve and clean up. Approximately 5 volunteers, all ages.

Saturday Service Opportunities:

Project Sunshine Craft Making St. Angela’s Social Hall 10:00 am till approximately 11:30 am

Assemble craft kits for children who are visiting/staying at Fairview Hospital. Up to 40 volunteers; note that this activity is ideal for families with children 7th grade and under.

Frontline Coat Sorting 1744 Payne Ave, Cleveland 44114 11:00 am to approximately 1:00 pm

SAM volunteers will assist in sorting new coats for children who have recently struggled with homelessness. Activity includes sorting by size, tagged with child’s name and bagged with family name. Approximately 8 volunteers, ages 17+.

Opioid Crisis: Narcan Training St. Angela’s Social Hall 11:30 am till approximately 12:30 pm

As part of SAM's series on Opioid awareness, Project DAWN (Deaths Avoided with Naloxone) will come to the Social Hall to do a demonstration and training on how to use Narcan/Naloxone to reverse an overdose. Ages 14+ only for Narcan training; younger children can be present.

Ohio Guidestone Christmas Party Day/Time Pending; see the sign-up sheet for more details and finalized dates/times

Previously, SAM has helped to throw a Christmas party for the kids of Ohio Guidestone helping with craft, carols, garlands, ornaments, and holiday cookie making. Note that this is ages 18+ only

Willowood Manor Christmas Party 20665 Lorain Road, Fairview Park 44126 1:00 pm till 3:00 pm

A festive time; Christmas craft, carols, cookies, and coffee with the residents of this senior living community! Approximately 15 volunteers or 3 families, all ages.

Gift Bag Sorting St. Angela’s Social Hall 1:30 pm till approximately 3:00 pm

Assemble Christmas gift bags, treat boxes, and a craft for less fortunate children from donated presents. Up to 30 volunteers, all ages.

O’Neill Health Care Christmas Party (North Olmsted Location) 4800 Clague Road, North Olmsted 44070 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Throw a Christmas party for the residents of this senior living community, including a craft! Approximately 12 volunteers, all ages.

Domestic Violence Center of Cleveland Dinner Delivery Undisclosed location 4:30 pm dinner drop off

Prepare part of a dinner at your home and drop it off for 50 total women and children escaping domestic violence situations. Contributions to the meal will be coordinated among volunteers after sign-ups are complete. Likewise; collection of the prepared meal and drop-off guidance will also be coordinated. Approximately 8 volunteers or a few families, all ages.

Sunday Service Opportunities:

St. Malachi’s Backdoor Ministry Meal Service 24590 Washington Ave, Cleveland 44113 8:00 am to 10:30 am (breakfast) and 10:30 am to 1:00 pm (lunch)

Making and serving breakfast or lunch for those in need at St Malachi's rectory and drop in window. Approximately 4 volunteers per session, all ages.

Ennis Court Catholic Nursing Home Christmas Party 13315 Detroit Rd, Lakewood 44107 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Throw a Christmas party for the residents of this senior living community, including a craft! Approximately 10 volunteers, all ages.

YOSA/O’Neill Health Care Christmas Party 20770 Lorain Rd. Fairview Park 44126 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm

YOSA Activity!

Throw a Christmas party, play a game, and visit with residents spreading holiday cheer! Please contact YOSA if interested. No sign-up online required.