Lazarus Mission


Established: October 7, 2013

Latest Update: November 30, 2019

The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus

“There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man’s table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld where he was in torment, he raised his eves and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.’ Abraham replied, ‘My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.’ He said, ‘Then I beg you, father, send him to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.’ But Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.’ He said, ‘Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ Then Abraham said, ‘if they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.’ ” (Luke 16: 19-31)

The LAZARUS MISSION is a St. Florence outreach initiative which is a response to the demands of the Gospel and the desires of our Holy Father Pope Francis, that we go out into our communities to encounter and minister to the poor and less fortunate through the sharing of our talents and gifts, and in doing so, help bring to fruition the kingdom of God. For more information concerning meetings, structure, ministry goals, etc., please scroll down this page!


Angel Giving Tree: Please take an ornament/tag from our Angel Giving Tree for gift ideas for a child served by Lantern House Homeless Shelter in Ogden. There are also tags for some parents of children at the Lantern House, residents of Pineview Assisted Living in Eden and Burma Refugees served by Send Me Relief Ministries. Many tags have multiple items listed to give you choices; you only need to purchase one item. Clothing is always appreciated and if you are able to donate 1 piece of clothing as well as a non-clothing gift, it is doubly appreciated. All gifts must be new and unwrapped. Lantern House wants the gifts unwrapped so that the parents/family can wrap the gifts and feel like they are part of the giving process. Donations of wrapping supplies are also needed. Please return the gifts with the tag attached to it under the tree by Sunday, December 15. There is also a donation jar by the tree if you prefer to give a monetary donation that will be used to buy whatever Lantern House needs that isn’t donated (checks made out to St Florence Church). Thank you for helping to provide a little happiness and fun to those less fortunate. For more information, contact Ann (

Lantern House Needs Blankets & Sheets: As the weather gets colder and more people are forced inside, the Lantern House Homeless Shelter in Ogden is at full capacity. You can help by donating twin size blankets, non-fitted sheets and sleeping bags. They will accept new or used in good condition. Please clean out your closets and drop off your donations in the wood collection box in the Social Hall and we will deliver them to the Lantern House for you. Or you can take donations directly to the Lantern House at 269 W 33rd St. Ogden UT 84401. Thank you for spreading warmth.

Calendar of Giving Opportunities

Jan/Feb – Souper Bowl of Caring: Let’s change the game! Help turn the nation’s largest weekend of football into the largest weekend of caring! Please bring in non-perishable food items to tackle hunger and poverty in our community. All donations will be given to the Northern Utah Catholic Community Services, Joyce Hansen Food Bank. They especially need: Peanut Butter, Tuna, Pasta, Rice, Mac & Cheese, Cereal, Oatmeal, canned fruit, snacks like crackers & granola bars, Diapers (esp. size 4,5,6) and Baby Food. Donation boxes will be located in the Social Hall. All donations are due by Super Bowl Sunday. You can also make monetary donations online which they will use to buyer perishable items like milk and meat at Thank you for your support.

Lent – Various Giving projects (check bulletin and News tab)

May – Walk for life for Pregnancy Medical Clinic: Sponsored by the Pregnancy Medical Clinic. The PMC is your local, Christian, life-affirming ministry that serves women and families across Weber, Davis, and Morgan counties. Our aim is to provide compassionate help for women facing an unexpected pregnancy, and help them discover positive alternatives to abortion.  We also share the Gospel and support women as they cope with post abortion stress. When you Walk or Sponsor Walkers, the funds you raise will make an impact by helping many women decide to give their unborn baby LIFE!

July – Dunk Tank at Huntsville 4th of July Picnic for Charity: Every year, St. Florence hosts a Dunk Tank at the Huntsville Park for the 4th of July picnic. Money raised from the Dunk Tank is given to Charity. Charities supported in the past included: Missionaries of Charity, Pregnancy Medical Clinic, Give Me A Chance and Youth Futures. We always need people to volunteer to help with collecting money, handing out balls, running the dunk tank and sitting in the dunk tank.

July/Aug – Backpack Bonanza: Please help Catholic Community Services provide 2,400 local students with new backpacks filled with all the necessary school supplies. Donations are needed of the following brand-new items:

Backpacks Binders Pencil Boxes
Color Pencils Pencils /Pens Notebooks
Rulers Glue Sticks Erasers
Lined Paper Markers Crayons
Highlighters Index Cards Scissors



Community Meal at Marshall White Center in Ogden: (usually Saturday evening around Veterans Day). Areas needed for volunteers are plating food (putting food on plates, cutting pie, etc), and table hosts (2-4 waiters or waitresses per table).

Turkey Drive: monetary donations are collected to buy turkeys and hams for those in our area who wouldn’t otherwise have a Thanksgiving meal. Turkeys and Hams can also be dropped off at the United Way (2955 Harrison Blvd, Ogden) and Catholic Community Services (2504 F Ave. Ogden UT 84401)

Thanksgiving Run/Walk for charity: Thanksgiving Day at Ogden Regional Medical Center, 5475 S 500 E (Adams Ave). Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. The event starts at 9:00 a.m. The five-mile run or two-mile walk starts in the west parking lot at Ogden Regional Medical Center. Pre-registration forms can be picked up at Ogden Regional. This event is non-competitive and is held regardless of weather conditions. Entry fees for the event consist of any donation of nonperishable foods, goods or monetary contributions. All donations will support the Ogden Rescue Mission, St. Anne’s Center, Catholic Community Services, and the Salvation Army in Ogden. Checks may be made payable to the Newman Center. “The importance of this event has never been greater than it is at this time.” says Sister Stephanie Mongeon, former Director of Mission and Community Relations at Ogden Regional “Our Thanksgiving Run and Walk was established to help those in need in our community. We have so many who require help. By supporting these worthy organizations, we are able to reach out to others. This is the greatest sign of gratitude for our many blessings. We experience the true meaning of Thanksgiving. Our reward is a good feeling knowing that we have helped make a difference in someone’s life. And, as a bonus, we get the chance to work off a bit of that big dinner we’re due to have later that day!” The run/walk is co-sponsored as a community service by Ogden Regional Medical Center and the Newman Center at Weber State University.

Advent various projects (Giving Tree, Shoebox project, etc), check news tab and bulletins


  • Collection for Lantern House Homeless Shelter and St. Anne’s Kitchen: donations of nonperishable food, personal care items and plastic bags can be placed in the wooden box in the back of the social hall.   The items are given to the Lantern House Homeless Shelter and St. Anne’s Kitchen for distribution to their clients. There are also collection jars for monetary donations by the Church doors. The money is used to buy supplies for St. Anne’s Kitchen. Checks can be made out to St. Florence Church. Thank you for your support.
  • Aluminum Pull Tab Collection: Did you know that we collect Aluminum Pull Tabs for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Intermountain Area Inc? Please save the pull tabs from cans such as pet food, soda, nuts, snack cans, tuna, assorted drinks and more. Drop them in the collection bin on the shelf of the bookcase in the office/copier room at the back of the social hall. The tabs are recycled to raise money for Ronald McDonald Charities. Thanks for your help.
  • CCD Service Project – Pantry Packs: The CCD students would like your support in providing Catholic Community Services with Pantry Packs. Pantry Packs are pre-packaged gallon sized bags with food items in them to provide 6 meals and 4 snacks. They are distributed to local schools where teachers and staff can slip the packs into at-risk student backpacks to ensure the students have something to eat on the weekends. The CCD kids will assemble the packs and have adult helpers to buy the food and deliver the packs to CCS. Help is needed from the parish to provide funds to buy the food. There is a donation jar on the back table. Please drop in spare change and other monetary donations. Checks can be made out to St. Florence. This will be an ongoing collection. Thank you.





*This is an “In-parish” activity where those who would like to make clothing items for donation to various in need organizations such as Catholic Community Services.


*SHARE (emergency food pantry for families in crisis)  801-399-5046 office hours: Mon. thru Fri. 8 am to 12:30 pm   E-mail:

SHARE is in need of a volunteer treasurer for 4-5  hours per month. Our present treasurer, who has held the job for many years, has some health issues and needs a replacement, but will be available for training and help. The job entails: 1. keeping track of income and expenses/preparing quarterly reports for the board. 2.  Payroll taxes every quarter–only one part-time paid employee (so not much), form 990 each year–non-profit/501 (c)3  3. W2’s for one employee, 4. paying bills monthly.  

In addition SHARE would also be delighted to get some new volunteers in the following areas: 1. drivers to help deliver food  2. people to help sort food when we have drives or large donations  3. people to help pick up food from large donations.

New Board members are also needed.  We’d love to have some “fresh blood” and new ideas.  We especially need some younger people (younger being people under 70!). Many present volunteers/board members have been around for a long time, are getting on in years, and need to cut back a bit.  They would stay around to help and mentor, but we really need some newer, younger people too,

*St. Anne’s Center 269 W 3300 S, Ogden

Select Thursday’s 11:30 am – 1:00 pm serving lunch

Email: Ann Zieve

on St. Florence Website check for more information on the tab for  St. Anne’s Center

See also: Catholic Communities Services (below)


*Give Me a Chance, Inc. (GMAC) 2620 Washington Blvd, Ogden  Started 3 years ago by Sister Maria Nguyen, Give Me a Chance, Inc., is a Catholic-based charity sponsored by the Daughters of Charity. This order was established in 1633 by St. Vincent De Paul and St. Louise De Marillac with the mission to help the poor.  The Daughters of Charity strives to help the poor through system change by offering training programs to individuals, enabling them to help themselves.

Volunteers: We need volunteers to help us accomplish our mission, especially for the after school program.  You can get involved by volunteering as a: 

Volunteer Opportunities:

***DeMarillac Formal Attire Clerk (scroll down to the bottom of the GMAC to find more info. on the Demarillac store)

***Sewing and Embroidering Instruction

***Arts and Crafts Instructor

***Tutor for after school program

***Social Media Technician

***ESL Language Instruction

***Computer Training and Literacy Instruction

***Advisory Board Committee Member

***Guadalupe or Community Gardener

***Marketer and more

Contact Program Director: Heidi Portz

Tel: 801/791-5667

Email: Heidi Portz

Email: Lynn McInally

Current Services Provided for the Poor, Underprivileged and their Families: 

These services are offered at our training center located at 2913 Grant Ave., Ogden, Utah.  Telephone 801-393-0100.  Additional information is  available by going to

***Training in vocational skills such as sewing and alterations, marketable arts and crafts, cooking, and other skills that lead to employment.

***Teaching business skills including basic computer and social media proficiency, retail store management, office maintenance and clerical duties.

***Promoting family and health well-being through workshops that address relationships, nutrition, stress management, immigration and other issues.

***Providing counseling and personal coaching.

DeMarillac Formal Attire    GMAC also operates a formal attire store located at 2620 Washington Blvd., Ogden, Utah 84401. (801-393-0100, The purpose of the store is to provide employment opportunities for the trainees in our programs.  Also, the profits from the store are returned to the mission for future programs.  Every special occasion can be accommodated–weddings, prom, quincenarias, communions, blessings, tuxedo rentals and an alterations service.

*Enable Utah

2640 Industrial Drive, Ogden

Contact: Janet Torgerson

Tel: 801/621-6595


Website: Enable Industries


* Family Counseling Service of Northern Utah

3518 Washington Blvd, Ogden

Contact Ronald Thornburg



Website: Family Counseling Service of Northern Utah


*Cottages of Hope

2724 S Washington Blvd

Contact: Jeremy Botellho



Website: Cottages Of Hope


*Men and Women’s Bible Study and Communion Ministry for prison inmates

Contact: Matt Bedel

Tel: 801/627-6088


Volunteer Opportunities:

Men and Women Bible Study and Communion Ministry

English and/or Spanish


*Contact: Patricia Siliezar of St. Joseph Parish for further information

Tel: 801/393-5627


*Catholic Community Services

Contact: Maresha Bosgieter

Tel: 801/428-1293


Website: Catholic Community Services of Utah

Volunteer Opportunities:

Salt Lake Area

Treatment Services



Ogden Area

Basic Needs

Food Drives

Food Pantry


*Pregnancy Medical Clinic

1937 W 5700 S, Roy, Utah

Tel: 801-612-9293

Contact: Tamara Leake


*Your Community Connection (YCC)

2261 Adams Ave, Ogden


Contact: Peggy Taylor

Tel: 801/689-1730

Email: Peggy Taylor

Adult Volunteer Opportunities

Short and Long Term possibilities

Front Desk


Special Events

*McKay Dee Hospital

Contact: Bridget Baker

Tel: 801/387-3199

Volunteer Opportunities:

1) Visitation

2) Communion Distribution

*Stoneybrooke Assisted Living Care Center Eden,

Contact: Howard Schuyler

Tel: 801/209-4547

Email:Howard Schuyler

Volunteer Opportunities:

1) Visitation

2) Communion Distribution

*Midtown Community Health Clinic

2240 Adams Ave, Ogden

Contact: Lisa Nichols

Tel: 801/393-5355

email:Lisa Nichols

Web Site: Midtown community Health Clinic


*Youth Groups Contact: Matt Morris

Tel: 801/689-1740

Matt Morris

Youth Volunteer Opportunities:

Christmas Gift preparation

Sorting in donation facility

Yard Raking

Website: Your Community Connection (YCC)


*Habitat for Humanity

2261 Adams Avenue, Rm 208B

Contact: Lynn Kelly

Tel: 801/554-4833

email:Lynn Kelly

Website: Habitat for Humanity – Weber and Davis Counties

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