This is a new group of volunteer services
for elderly and infirm parishioners. Under a Ministry “umbrella” are
sub-divisions of tasks based on type of service offered. While it is generally
accepted that “in giving, we receive,” our ministry can take that a step
further. The way tasks are divided and defined, make it possible for a person
to volunteer in one area and receive benefits from another. This provides
volunteering opportunities for people who would otherwise be seen as service recipients.
For example, a person who is homebound can volunteer to be a Caller or Letter
Writer. In addition to decreasing any feelings of social isolation that might
exist, one might enjoy enhanced feelings of self-worth and belonging.
Below you will find a brief synopsis of
each of the area’s we want to serve. Please prayerfully consider helping us to
help others in our parish.
Caring Callers: Parishioners who are homebound can feel
isolated, alone out of touch with friends. A friendly phone call from a caring
voice can go a long way to brighten the day. Weekly phone contact from a
Ministry of Caring Volunteer just for some chitchat to pass the time can become
something to look forward to.
Caring Writers: The caring writers will
communicate with Parishioners by sending hand-written notes to let them know
their Parish family is thinking of them. Those who are confined to nursing or
personal care homes will benefit from a friendly periodic note of support and
encouragement, news of Parish events etc..
Caring Nursing Home Visitation Team The caring nursing home visitation team
will receive names of parishioners in nursing facilities who could benefit from
brief monthly visits.. Ministry of Caring Visitors will go in pairs and spend a
few minutes with each person for friendly, face-to-face conversation to
brighten his/her day.
Caring Driver: Our drivers will be part of a pool of
volunteers willing to periodically assist parishioners who occasionally need
local rides, to Mass,
Caring Shopper: This service offers individuals who will
make short trips to purchase groceries, or pick up prescriptions for older
adults, people with disabilities, and other individuals who cannot leave their
homes or are otherwise unable to perform these tasks for themselves.
Caring Cook: The caring cook will be part of a pool of
volunteers willing to prepare a meal for a fellow parishioner in need. As a
Caring Cook you will be called upon periodically to make dinner for someone who
is recovering from an illness at home, just came home from the hospital, or has
suffered the loss of a loved one. These meals can be homemade or can be
Caring Respite The Ministry of Caring Respite will be
part of a pool of volunteers that will provide up to 2 hours of time sitting
with a homebound person so his/her caregiver can leave the home to run an
errand, go to the store, etc., and get some time away from 24 hour
information Call Deb Ramanna, Chairperson, 724-378-3238
Won’t you please help? Come and join us
in this awesome new ministry
“But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need,
yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? Little
children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth” 1 John