St. James Catholic Church looking to save lives one smoke alarm at a time
Posted on 9/12/2018 6:54:00 AM.
 
 
Father Greg Nevlud, of St. James Catholic Church, celebrates the congregation's collection of 550 smoke alarms for the Seguin Fire/EMS Department.

(Seguin) -- A local congregation has again pulled together to not only protect but to help save lives of those beyond its church walls. St. James Catholic Church recently collected 550 smoke alarms for the Seguin Fire/EMS Department. A successful collection drive is no unique thing for the local church. St. James, last year, with the leadership of Father Greg Nevlud, helped to collect hundreds of fans and cash for the department's annual summer fan drive.

Father Nevlud says he felt the smoke alarms were a good way to protect families all year long.

"I called and I said you know Greg, the fan drive was really a success and I"m just reaching out to you to see if there's anything else that we could help with your work in the community and I actually said 'what about smoke alarms?' and he said 'oh my gosh, smoke alarms would be an incredible gift and so I just said, tell me what you want. He said I want First Alerts and with that, it just took off and I brought it to the people and after the first weekend, we had over 100 and people were bringing them in. Some people were bringing 12, 24, 50 at a time. I mean it was just amazing and once we reached, 550, I said here in St. James we weren't going to collect but if anybody from the community wants to they can," said Nevlud.

Nevlud says it's important that his church community reach out to others. He says a community is a community.

"I just believe that a church community should partner with the bigger community and basically, our ministry extends beyond the four walls of the church and beyond this property and that if we find a need in the community that we do our best to respond to it. It wasn't a religious campaign but it was a personal campaign and I know that people -- they sent notes with their smoke alarms saying what a wonderful idea and how great it is to know that St. James is reaching out beyond just us," said Nevlud.

Nevlud says he remains in awe of how quickly congregation members mobilized to make this happen. He says the original goal was 300 but after one week of collecting over 100, he knew that had to increase the challenge to 500.

"It shows their commitment to making the community a better place for those in need. It speaks about their incredible generosity that all I have to do is put a need out there and they are going to respond. Father Dennis and I have an incredible relationship with the people in the pews and I know they love what we are doing. But we love what they are doing and it is not just us versus them. It is a collaborative effort and when we speak of St. James, we are speaking not only of the ordained ministry but everyone who is a part of this and their response is just always so unbelievable," said Nevlud.

The donation of smoke alarms will be handed over to the Seguin Fire/EMS Department during a brief ceremonial event scheduled right before this Sunday's 10:15 a.m. mass.

Until then, donations of smoke detectors will continue to be collected at the church office located at 510 S. Camp St.
St. James Catholic Church




Find more about Weather in Seguin, TX
Click for weather forecast


CBS NEWS
  • Latest headlines
    CBSN is CBS News' 24/7 digital streaming news service. It's always on, always free, making CBS News' original, high-quality reporting available to you wherever and whenever you want to watch.
  • The tool meant to hack any smartphone
    An Israeli company licenses software around the world that can crack just about any smartphone, but is its use always on the side of good? Lesley Stahl reports.
  • The debate over legalizing sports betting
    With more states legalizing gambling on sports, bookmakers, leagues and state tax revenues are winning big. But will players -- particularly unpaid college players -- be targets for bribery? Jon Wertheim reports.
  • Samuel L. Jackson: A long career still in stride
    At age 70, when most actors find it hard to get work, Samuel L. Jackson is much in demand. Jackson creates memorable characters: strong, raw, credible, and sometimes scary. Steve Kroft reports.
  • Trump reacts to Mueller report
    Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation turned up no evidence that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia in 2016. On the issue of obstruction of justice, Mueller did not conclude the president committed a crime but did not exonerate him, either. President Trump called it "total exoneration." Major Garrett reports.
  • Probes into Trump's business and campaign finances still ongoing
    There are more investigations after the release of the Mueller report. The President could face his most serious legal problems in New York. Jeff Pegues reports.
  • Robert Kraft issues public apology
    New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft is speaking out for the first time since being charged in a Florida prostitution investigation. This weekend, he will be with other NFL owners and could face disciplinary action. Tony Dokoupil reports.
  • Where they stand: 2020 candidates face tough questions over Israel
    "Face the Nation" moderator Margaret Brennan has an early look at the 2020 candidates, and where they stand, on these issues.
  • Police: 2nd Parkland shooting survivor dies in "apparent suicide"
    A second student who survived the Parkland shooting in Florida has died in an apparent suicide, police said. This comes about a week after a 19-year old survivor took her own life. Manuel Bojorquez reports.
  • After daring rescues, Norway cruise ship reaches port
    Accompanied by tug boats, the Viking Sky cruise ship limped into a Norwegian port more than a day after issuing a mayday call in a storm that led to harrowing helicopter rescues. Jonathan Vigliotti reports.
Provided by CBS News





Copyright 2014 Guadalupe Media, LTD. All Rights Reserved



This site powered by PromoSuite Interactive