Outreach Ministries

Helping Hands is a ministry where parishioners seek to be the hands of Christ. These parishioners support other members by providing transportation to/from church, doctor appointments, food shopping, etc.  Give us a call! Also, if you are in need of some help, please call the office for contact information. We are always looking for more volunteers to join the many men and women of our parish who fill this vital need. If you can bring someone with your to Mass or offer a ride to someone unable to drive, we will work around your availability.

Hands of St. Francis – Members of this committee will meet monthly in order to discern ways to assist those in our area that are marginalized, impoverished and in need of Christian love and support. In addition to sponsoring the annual Christmas Giving Tree project and coordinate donations to the St. Vincent DePaul Society, they will also investigate ways to support the Cathedral Kitchen and those impacted by horrific circumstances, such as natural disasters, etc. This group has developed into three levels of support: local, national, and international.

Elizabeth Ministry – is an international movement designed to support women and their families during the joys, trials and sorrows of the childbearing years and beyond. Elizabeth Ministry’s mission is to cherish children, encourage families and build community. This ministry offers peer support, mentoring, spiritual nourishment, educational and inspirational resources to new mothers and their families. In cooperation with the Prayer Shawl ministry, a new, handmade baby blanket is presented to our “newest” parishioners at the Baptismal Preparation Class.

Prayer Shawl Ministry – Whether they are called: “Prayer Shawls”, “Comfort Shawls”, “Peace Shawls” or “Mantles” just to name a few; the knitter begins each shawl with prayers and blessings for the recipient. Intentions are continued throughout the creation of the shawl. When the shawl is completed it is offered a final ritual before being given to someone that is elderly and/or in-firmed or celebrating a happy occasion.   The blessings are rippled from person to person, with both the giver and receiver feeling the unconditional embrace of a loving God! This ministry meets on the Third Wednesday of every month (September through June.)

Respect Life – Promotes a consistent ethic of life from conception to natural death for all human life issues such as abortion, AIDS, death penalty, euthanasia, persons with disabilities, the elderly, the poor, the environment, etc. are addressed through pastoral care, education, and information.

Compassionate Angels – Members of this committee offer support and counseling to people experiencing a loss or tragedy in their lives. Assistance is offered on loss of a loved one, loss of employment, dealing with serious health concerns, etc.