The St. Vincent DePaul Society of St. Joan of Arc is excited to launch the Food Pantry. Thank you for volunteering. We have several types of volunteers needed. Sign up as little or as often as you would like. The food pantry will be open each Thursday and will run from 3:30 to 5:00pm. We are asking volunteers arrive at 3:15 and we should finish by 5:30. Should you have any questions contact Patti Savage-McNamara at 419-343-7247 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Sunshine Committee provides food and support for grieving families in the form of funeral lunches. Volunteers are needed to prepare sides and deserts and/or volunteer their time. For more information contact Cathy Burlingame.
Society of St. Vincent De Paul
Meets Monthly. The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Joan of Arc is organized to coordinate efforts to help the needy who reside within parish boundaries. A collection is taken on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month and helps furnish food, clothing, shelter, medicine, utilities, and furniture. Visits are made and appropriate help is given as determined by the St. Vincent de Paul member.
Meets Three Times a Year. St. Joan of Arc sponsors 3 bloodmobiles a year which are held in the gym. SJA volunteers call all previous blood donors to schedule a time to donate. On the day of the drive, volunteers also support the American Red Cross staff for the period of time during the donation process. Students can earn service hours by volunteering their time before, during and after the mobile is completed.
Pastoral visits are made to parishioners who are hospitalized. Prayers are offered while visiting. Their status is relayed back to the church and if further care is needed, such as Communion at home or the need for Anointing of the Sick, it is arranged.
Ministry to the Homebound
Visits with Holy Communion and prayer are routinely made to parishioners unable to get to weekend Mass. This can be short term due to recovery from surgery, or illness, or long term as a result of infirmity. We utilize drivers who drive homebound to Mass as well.
Nursing Home Ministry
Each Sunday morning, extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion take Holy Communion, along with prayers, and the readings of the day to Catholic residents at Elizabeth Scott Memorial Care Center and Elizabeth House Assisted Living. Volunteers that will be trained for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are always needed. Students are eligible and encouraged to participate for service hours. For more details, please contact the Parish Office!
Holy Helpers of God’s House
This is a new ministry and its purpose is to clean and maintain the sacred and public space of the church, as well as the semi-public rooms connected to the worship areas such as the sacristy, ushers' room, etc. We meet periodically on Saturday mornings to keep God's house neat and clean! This ministry is open to anyone. Students looking for service hours are encouraged to help out as well. Coffee, goodies, fellowship, and music keeps us moving along as we dust, vacuum, and polish God's house. How Lovely Is Your Dwelling, O Lord of Hosts! Psalm 841:1
The SHARE program is designed to reach out to the needy, which at the present time is accomplished by collecting food and paper supplies for Our Lady of Lourdes Hospitality Kitchen. Food may be brought in at any time and collections of spare change are taken twice a year when the time changes. They are also responsible for the Giving Tree at Christmas that benefits our area nursing homes. Special holiday and Lenten food collections help Our Lady of Lourdes Parish to provide weekly lunches, holiday dinners and food bags. The SHARE program also assists with special needs of parishioners at the direction of the pastor.