Saint Charles Caritas

Saint Charles Caritas, founded in March 2001 at Saint Charles Catholic Church in Imperial Beach, is run by volunteers committed to help charities who are basically poor located in Tijuana and Chula Vista by providing basic foods, cleaning products and basic necessities monthly.

The word Caritas is a Latin word meaning love, mercy, and charity.

100% of the money donated is used to buy these 3 categories mentioned above. We are all volunteers, and we have ZERO overhead costs, and there is NO administrative layer.

Our goal is to distribute $500 worth of food per month for each charity. All the representatives of these charities come up every 4th Saturday of the month to Costco, Chula Vista, and we purchase the necessary basic foods and some cleaning products.

The charities in Tijuana are run by nuns, and the one in Chula Vista is run by volunteers. The sisters In Tijuana can stretch the food we donate for 22 days out of the month. From time to time we visit them and check their needs, play with the children, and talk with the elderly. There are more than 400 people being cared for by these charities.

SAINT CHARLES CARITAS DAY

Every 3rd Sunday of the Month (**POSTPONED DUE TO COVID**)

Saint Charles Caritas is dedicated to assisting those in need and are still collecting donations. We are currently helping the Nuns who can cross the US/Mexico Border by purchasing food stores at Costco. In addition, we are feeding 450 children in 4 different squatter areas during the weekend.

If interested in helping, please contact Merlyn Baker.

 (619)428-0199 or via email at saintfrancis2001@aol.com

Photos from the Latest Project

The Latest Projects

God thank you for you are amazing to this charity! Amen, O' Lord Jesus Christ!

06/27 through 07/02/22 was batch #2 Feed the Malnourished Children from the Teach the Children How to Pray the Rosary, a ministry of Saint Charles Caritas. Breakfasts were served 6 days a week. Thank you and God bless to 3 volunteers: teacher Regina Tesorero, Cresencia Tesorero and Ruffa Oraye. Please see 2 collages of children.

07/03/2022 was the Teach the Children How to Pray the Rosary/Feed the Children week 79. Thank you to all the volunteers: Teachers Regina and Analiza with AJ and Jhanny. God bless them all! The location is in the squatter area of Samada Half Court, Paliparan Cavite.

Please see below the report from the two teachers and 2 collages of activities of the children.

Rosary Session Report July 3, 2022

Rejoice in the presence of the Lord Blessed Sunday

We started at exactly :10:00 am on wards with attendance.

*Before we started the session we strictly  reminded the children & parents about the safety  protocols:

  - Wear face masks all the time and do social distancing.

*The opening prayer was led by Teacher Regine

*We thanked God for all the blessings & everything in our lives

We thank God for being with us, for his guidance  and strength in our lives  and we thanked God for the food that we eat, for the knowledge, wisdom & strength, for all the people around us who make our life meaningful.

We always pray for Saint Charles Caritas Family and Donors and healing of the sicks.

*We always pray that Covid-19 will be gone soon and Peace for Ukraine and Russia.

*We also hope that each and everyone will always keep safe and healthy.

*We prayed Prince Yuan  Altesin, Paul Bell, Susan Guenzel, Bob Novak, Norma Seibert, Alexis Cantela, John Cantela, Gerry Mortel, Katrina Kraegen, Michael Garcia, Esther Mendoza, Hossanah "Joy" Camarista, Ms Merlyn Baker, Sister Babylyn, Ms Janiley, Priests, Nuns, Tommy & Cathy Colina Family and the entire Saint Charles Caritas.

*Recap about Last Sunday Teach How to pray the Rosary

*We greeted each and everyone

*We sang Salvation Song,  Awit sa Ina ng Santo Rosario, Hallelujah, Kyrie Eleison, Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be.

*Before we start our Activity we shared 1 Bible  verse and explain to them.

"Give all your worries and & cares to God for He cares about you"

- 1 Peter 5:7 -

*Mystery for today's Rosary: Luminous Mystery

- Teacher Regine

- JR

-Keyjames

- Sophia

- Teacher Ana

* Activity 1: Memorization of Our Father , Hail Mary & Glory Be

* Activity 2: Question and Answer about Pray The Rosary

*We gave chocolates bars

* Blessed the food led by Flordiline

*Children did volunteered to arrange chairs  and helped us to clean the area after session

*We fetched the children from their homes

*Some of the children volunteered to fetch their classmates

Assignments:

*Pray Rosary at home

*Study & Recall the Prayers

*Keep on praying about Ukraine and Russia to stop the war and peace to them.

*Teach your family,  friends, neighborhood on how to pray rosary

*Read your Bible and pray everyday

*Prayed for Prince Altesin for fast healing.

Children and Volunteers food:

*67 packs - Imbotido, Ginataang kalabasa with Sitaw & Lemon Juice and "Taho" fresh soft/silken tofu with arnibal and sago pearl.

No. of Children - 58

No. of Volunteers - 4 (Regina, Analiza, AJ)

New Volunteer - Jhanny

God, thank you for your blessings and graces! Amen, Amen Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Thank you for your continuously praying for Prince Yauna Altesin, (5 year old who has a heart problem) for his complete healing. His next 2d Echo check up in Philippine Heart Center will be in November. Your prayers are heard because his blood infection and kidney problem disappeared. He is still taking the doctor's prescribe maintenance medicines.Please see attached recent photo of Prince eating "champorado"  the food from Malnourished Children program.

Thank you for praying for our friends who have cancers: Susan Guenzel, Paul Bell, Norma Seibert, Katrina Kragen, Alexis Cantela, John Cantela, Gerry Mortel, Michael Garcia.

 

I would like to say thank you to  St. Charles priests: Fr. Emilio Magana, Fr. Burt Boudoin, Fr. Ron Kelso and Deacons: Ken Montoya, David Lewis, Andy Jazmin and Mick Dennison for their announcements and support. And yes, for All the Sisters and Priests from Italy, France, Philippines and US who contentiously praying for this charity. Thank you for the generosity of our friends for your loving support for this charity. For the volunteers, you make this charity thrive because of all of you. You know who you are. For the benefactors, who believe for this ministries. I am thanking God for you my beloved friends.

 

Caritas Schedule for July

 

  • Saint Charles Caritas Day on July 16 & 17. 100% of your donations will be used to buy basic food, some cleaning products and basic necessities for the congregation charities run by nuns in Mexico and Philippines.  In Mexico: orphanage, home for girls, home for the elderly and contemplative sisters. In Philippines: Feed the Children in the squatter areas in Pasig, Quezon City  and Laguna, in Paliparan Cavite: Teach the Children How to Pray the Rosary/Feed the Children and Feed the Malnourished Children. We are all volunteers. After the 1pm mass on the same day, we will buy food and cleaning products at Costco for the 4 religious charity congregations.
  • Every Sunday is the Teach the Children How to Pray the Rosary followed by Feed the Children. The teachers are Regina Tesorero and Analiza Yauna with other  volunteers Leslie Ann and AJ.
  • 6 days a week from Monday through Saturday is Feed the 12 Malnourished Children batch #2. The volunteers are Regina and Cresencia Tesorero, Ruffa Oraye and teacher Regina Tesorero.
  • Feed the Children in the squatter area on July 22, Friday lead by Mother-in charge Magnolia Billona and Sisters from Hospitaller Sisters of the Scared Heart of Jesus.
  • Few months from now is the Ministry of Baptism for the poor people of the Paliparan/neighboring  squatter areas. I will be writing to the new pastor of Kristong Hari (Christ the King Church) to Fr. Mario de Leon, pastor for baptizing the poor children and people in the squatter areas who cannot afford the costs of Baptism such as candles and etc. Saint Charles Caritas  did the baptism ministry last April 10, 2020 and 106 children and adults were baptized. Saint Charles Caritas donated to Kristong Hari Church. Announcements will be done during the Teach the Children How to Pray the Rosary and fliers regarding who wants to be baptized. There will be baptism registration/leaflets regarding the responsibilities of parents and godparents.

Please see collage below about the June 19, Sunday after Caritas Day the Sisters paused for the food bought for these charities in row 1 and the Colina family volunteered for Saturday. Row 2, teachers Regina and Analiza received the 3 boxes of food for the Feed the Malnourished, Feed the Children and some dry food gifts for the volunteers. Row 3 (2 pictures) Prince received a box of food maintenance to gain weight and food nutrition earmarked by benefactors, and last picture, 3 boxes of food shipped for Feed the Malnourished/Feed the Children. These boxes estimated travel by ship for 2 months.  Solo picture of Prince eating champorado.

Please see blow June disbursements for all charities that you are helping. 100% of your donations are used to buy basic food, some cleaning products and basic necessities. We are all volunteers, Zero overhead costs and No administrative layers.

 

Disbursements: JUNE'2022  
   * *In Mexico    
*Casa de Cuna, home for children ages 3 to 6 years old, run by the Sisters of Sacred Heart of Jesus  $        (561.37)  
*Santa Teresita, home for girls run by Sisters Sacred Heart of Jesus  $        (555.95)  
*Asilo Juan Pablo II, home for the elderly 80 years old and above, run by the St. Margaret of Mary of the Poor  $        (555.95)  
*St. Brigit Sisters, 25 contemplative sisters  $        (555.95)  
*Caritas Day Sisters/volunteers breakfast/catered lunch  $        (208.61) pitched in by volunteers/earmarked by donors
   **In Philippines    
*Feed the Children, squatter areas Pasig & Laguna run by the Hospitaller Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus  
   none  
*LBC shipment of boxes to Philippines  (it takes 2 months to reach the Ph) 3 boxes food shipments  $        (210.00)  
*Teach the Children How to Pray the Rosary/Feed the Children run by 2 teachers: 3 boxes  $        (136.22) juices,sugar & etc
   Feed the Malnourished: to "beef up the weights of the children" (from Pray the Rosary Children attendees) and food gifts for volunteers who live in the squatter areas & etc.  $        (523.93) $300 earmarked by donor
  *May  Food catered for 4 Sundays x (67 children/per Sunday plus eggs & etc for Malnourished Children)  $        (393.68)  
   ** Philippines Special Project    
* Prince Yauna Altesin sick child from Pray the Rosary/Malnourished: lab tests, medical care & medicine for heart enlargement. Prince from a very poor family. 9 members household in his family and chipped in renting a place to live.  $        (357.00) earmarked by 2 donors for Prince medical care needs
   **In San Diego    
*Pastoral Charity Fund of St. Charles Church  $        (500.00)  
*Jim's Project #69, Homeless Help in the South Bay  on hold due to covid/B.A.-5/Xe  on hold  
Total  $    (4,558.66)  
     

07/04 to 07/09/2022, Feed the Malnourished Children in Paliparan, Cavite. These children are attendees of Teach the Children How to Pray the Rosary on Sunday Saint Charles Caritas ministry. It had been week 3 for batch #2 children. The children pray before and after breakfasts lead by the children. Thank you for the volunteers: Cresencia/Regina Tesorero and Ruffa Oraye. Please see attached 2 collages of children during last week feeding.

Please see below Prince update and photo sent by her aunt Analiza. I'm thanking God for All of you who continuously praying for Prince healing. As I mentioned before on my previous emails, Prince Yauna Altesin has a heart problem and before that had a blood infection and kidney problem. These two problems were now gone except for the heart issue. Prince is a 5 year old attending the Teach The Children How to Pray the Rosary/Feed the Children and also he is one of the children in the Feed the Malnourished Children program. Please continue praying for Prince complete healing.

Prince's Update as of 7/15/2022

Good day! I just want to share that Prince Yuan  Altesin is doing good and healthy these past few weeks since he is taking maintenance medications regularly, thank you for your kindness and donations. He always attends the Sunday session to pray the rosary and go to feed for the malnourished every Monday to Saturday (though sometimes he is not feeling well since he easily gets tired while walking, his mother always gets the food for him). We, from his family always pray for his fast recovery and always monitor his food. We always keep him healthy since this coming November is his next schedule check up (For 2D Echo- For his heart). We are hoping for a good result for him not to undergo surgery. And we know that God has Mercy He will protect Prince in every aspect.

Prince already received the food, vitamins and medicine supplies that you have donated, we really appreciate everything. It's a big help for Prince. Thank you so much.

Again, thank you for your support and prayers, May God fill your heart with Peace and Love. God bless you and stay safe.

07/11 to 07/16/2022, batch #2 for Feed the Malnourished Children from the attendees of Teach the Children How to Pray the Rosary during Sundays in the squatter area of Paliparan, Cavite, a ministry of Saint Charles Caritas.  Breakfasts were served from Monday to Saturday. Children are weighed weekly. Last week, the boxes of dry foods finally arrived from San Diego, CA. It took almost 2 months to reach  Paliparan. This time at least varieties of breakfast are going to be served to these children such as peanut butter, jelly, pancake mix with syrup, black beans, sugar, quick mix chocolate, pasta and sauce, rice for champorado including vitamins and etc. Thank you to our benefactors from San Diego and volunteers in Palipraran: Regina/Cresencia Tesorero and Ruffa Oraye. God bless you all!

Please see 2 collages of the children praying before and after breakfasts and food served.

07/17/2022, Sunday was the Teach the Children How to Pray the Rosary followed by Fed the Children week 81. I thanked God for all the benefactors of this ministry and also the volunteers: teachers Regina Tesorero and Analiza Yauna.with AJ and Janjan. "Taho" (made with fresh soft/silken tofu, arnibal (brown sugar syrup) and sago pearl), this food was added to the children's diet. Children were exited about it. God bless you all!

Please see below direct report from the two teachers and 2 collages of children's activities.

Rosary Session Report July 17, 2022

Rejoice in the presence of the Lord Blessed Sunday

We started at exactly :10:00 am on wards with attendance.

*Before we started the session we strictly  reminded the children & parents about the safety  protocols:

  - Wear face masks all the time and do social distance.

- Important ANNOUNCEMENT:

Free baptism this coming October 2022 (full details will announce the next upcoming

 sessions)

*The opening prayer was led by Teacher Regine

*We thanked God for all the blessings & everything in our lives

We thank God for being with us, for his guidance  and strength in our lives  and we thank God for the food that we eat, for the knowledge, wisdom & strength, for all the people around us who make our life meaningful. We thank God for protecting us all through the week, for protection from the devil and his agents .

We ask God to help us to pray more fervently, especially during the times when we do not hear an answer to our prayers, help us to focus more on God's word.We always pray for Saint Charles Caritas Family and Donors and healing of the sick.

Forgive me Lord , Guide me Lord, Protect me Lord, Bless me Lord , Thank You Lord . Amen

*We always pray that Covid-19 will be gone soon and Peace for Ukraine and Russia.

*We also hope that each and everyone will always stay safe and healthy.

*We prayed Prince Yuan  Altesin, Paul Bell, Susan Guenzel, Bob Novak, Norma Seibert, Alexis Cantela, John Cantela, Gerry Mortel, Katrina Kraegen, Michael Garcia, Esther Mendoza, Hossanah "Joy" Camarista, Ms Merlyn Baker, Sister Babylyn, Ms Janiley, Irma Ramirez, Priests, Nuns, Sponsors/Donors and the entire Saint Charles Caritas

*Recap about Last Sunday Teach How to pray the Rosary

*We greeted each and everyone (Hello..Hello..Kamusta Ka Sing & Dance )

*We sang Salvation Song,  Awit sa Ina ng Santo Rosario, Hallelujah, Kyrie Eleison, and Glory Be.

*Before we start our Activity we share 1 Bible  verse and explain to them.

"With God all things are possible"

-Matthew 19:26-

*Mystery for today's Rosary:   Glorious  Mystery

1st Mystery - Sopia

2nd Mystery - YeshaMae

3rd Mystery - Ezekiel

4th Mystery- Tyrone

5th Mystery- Teacher Regine

* Activity 1: How to Pray The Rosary

* Activity 2: Question and Answer about Pray The Rosary

*Activity 3 : Groupings

Memorization of Apostles Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory Be, Hail Holy Queen

*We gave chocolate bars

* Blessed the food led by

*Children volunteered to arrange chairs  and helped us to clean the area before & after the session

*We fetched the children from their homes

*Some of the children volunteered to fetch their classmates

Assignments:

*Pray Rosary at home

*Study & Recall the Prayers

*Keep on praying about Ukraine to stop the war and peace to them.

*Teach your family,  friends, neighborhood on how to pray rosary

*Read your Bible and pray everyday

*Prayed for Prince Altesin for fast healing.

Children and Volunteers food:

*67 packs - Rice + Tortang Pork Giniling with Veggies

No. of Children - 43

No. of Volunteers - 4 (Regina, Analiza, AJ and Janjan)

07/18 to 07/23/2022, Feed the Malnourished, a ministry of Saint Charles Caritas, Monday through Saturday breakfasts from the Pray the Rosary Children. Different breakfasts were served everyday such  champorado, peanut butter/ grape jelly, pancakes with syrup, soups pasta, pasta with tomato sauce and quick mix cocoa including children's vitamins. Thank you to the volunteers: teacher Regina Tesorero, Cresencia Tesorero, and Ruffa Oraye. I thanked God for you!

Please see below 2 collages. 1.) Prayers were done before and after breakfast by the children. 2.) Breakfast time.

07/24/2022, Sunday was the Teach the Children How to Pay the Rosary followed by Feed the Children week 82. Please see below direct report and 2 collages of the children activities  from one of the ministries of Saint Charles Caritas. I would like to say thank you to volunteers: Teachers  Analiza Yuana and Regina Tesorero with AJ and Janjan, God blessings to you all!

Rosary Session Report July 24, 2022

Rejoice in the presence of the Lord Blessed Sunday

We started at exactly :10:00 am on wards with attendance.

*Before we started the session we strictly  reminded the children & parents about the safety  protocols:

  - Wear face masks all the time and do social distance.

- Important ANNOUNCEMENT:

Temporary moving of Rosary Schedule for next week -- July 30, 2022 10am on wards (Saturday)

*The opening prayer was led by Teacher Regina

*We thanked God for all the blessings & everything in our lives

We thank God for being with us, for his guidance  and strength in our lives  and we thank God for the food that we eat, for the knowledge, wisdom & strength, for all the people around us who make our life meaningful.

We always pray for Saint Charles Caritas Family and Donors and healing of the sick.

*We always pray that Covid-19 will be gone soon and Peace for Ukraine and Russia.

*We also hope that each and everyone will always stay safe and healthy.

*We prayed Prince Yuan  Altesin, Paul Bell, Susan Guenzel, Bob Novak, Norma Seibert, Alexis Cantela, John Cantela, Katrina Kraegen, Michael Garcia,

Esther Mendoza, Hossanah "Joy" Camarista, Ms Merlyn Baker, Sister Babylyn Dulfo, Ms Janiley Camarista, Irma Ramirez, Priest, Nuns, Sponsors/Donors , Ms Janiley's Family and the entire Saint Charles Caritas.

*Recap about Last Sunday Teach How to Pray the Rosary 

*We greeted each and everyone (Greet Song)

*We sang Salvation Song,  Awit sa Ina ng Santo Rosario, Allelujah, and Kirei Eleison,

*Before we start our Activity we share 1 Bible  verse and explain to them.

2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we live by faith, not by sight.”

*Mystery for today's Rosary: Joyful Mystery

- Ezekiel

- Keyjames

- Sophia

- Cherelyn

- Florimae

* Activity 1: Sign of the Cross, and what the children learned in the rosary. (Recap and Summary)

* Activity 2: Question and Answer about Pray The Rosary

*We gave chocolate bars

* Blessed the food led by Keyjames

*Children did volunteer to arrange chairs  and helped us to clean the area after the session

*We fetched the children from their homes

*Some of the children volunteered to fetch their classmates

Assignments:

*Pray Rosary at home

*Study & Recall the Prayers

*Keep on praying about Ukraine to stop the war and peace to them.

*Teach your family,  friends, neighborhood on how to pray rosary

*Read your Bible and pray everyday

*Prayed for Prince Altesin for fast healing.

Children and Volunteers food:

*67 packs - Lomi with Butter sandwich and kool aid Juice

No. of Children - 60

No. of Volunteers - 4  (Regina, Analiza, AJ and Janjan)

07/27/2022, Wednesday (Ph time) was the Feed the Children by the Hospitaller Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Pasig squatter areas in Tawitawi and San Andres  A total of 102 children were served soup pasta, 67 children in Tawitawi and 35 in San Andres. Thank you and God blessings to Sister Magnolia Billona, mother in-charge and  Sr. Leonor, Sr. Angeline and Sr. Nova. Sister Magnolia texted "Thank you to all of you. To the generous benefactors of Saint Charles Caritas USA. A million thanks." Please see below a collage.

Thank you and may God give you His abundant blessings!

God thank you for your mercy and love! We praise you, we glorify you!

We are helping the following organizations:

In Mexico:

  • La Casa de Cuna in Tijuana: shelters about 70 babies and children up to 6 years old

  • Beato Juan Pablo II in Tijuana: shelters about 20 seniors age 80 and older

  • Santa Brigida Convent in Tijuana: home to about 30 contemplative nuns

  • Centro de Salud Esperanza in Tijuana: religious sisters serve as nurses for elderly hospital patients

  • Casa Hogar Santa Teresita in Ensenada: shelters about 60 girls ages 6 to 12

In U.S.

  • Jim's Project Homeless Help: Bags of food and toiletries are distributed to the homeless in the South Bay

  • Pastoral Charity Fund of St. Charles Church: providing financial assistance to the poor people in critical needs around the church community.

In Philippines:

  • Franciscan Sister of the Atonement, project " Feed the Children" bathing/clothing/feeding the street children

  • Hospitaller Sisters of the Scared Heart of Jesus  project "Rosary Evangelization" the sisters will go to hospitals, poor parishes, islands to distribute the set of Rosaries and Guide of How to Pray the Rosary.

Announcements and Updates

 

For more information please contact:

Merlyn Baker
Email: SaintFrancis2001@aol.com

Tel: 619-428-0199