Outreach Commission

Outreach Chair – John Hanten

 

DISABILITY MINISTRY/FUN NIGHT

Charlie Mullaney (770)422-5633x22 sjccdisabilities@gmail.com

Fun Night is an evening of fun and socialization for children and adults with disabilities. By gathering volunteers with children and adults with disabilities, it builds community by having the opportunity to participate in fellowship. It also provides an opportunity for respite for parents and/or caregivers. Fun Night is open to any child or adult with a disability, regardless of religious affiliation. Participants must provide their own transportation. Volunteers are needed to help with games, crafts, music and celebrating birthdays.

 

EXTRAORDINARY MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION [OUTSIDE OF MASS]

Tom Reichert (770)422-5633 x25  treichert@saintjosephcc.org

We bring the Eucharist to a number of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, Kennestone Hospital, and those who are confined and unable to attend Mass. Please contact Tom Reichert if you know of someone who could benefit from this ministry, or if you would like to volunteer.

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

Gary Boylan (770)499-0594 garyboylan@gmail.com

Saint Joseph parish is part of the Catholic coalition supporting Habitat for Humanity. We will build two houses this fall beginning after Labor Day. These houses will be sold to low-income families at no profit and no interest. Our parishioners have always done their part both financially and by volunteering to build. Participants will be contacted once a house is scheduled to be built.

 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

Cesar Rodriguez grandknight@kofc4599.com

A Catholic Family Fraternal Service Organization. Knights are men, 18 years and older, who are committed to making their community a better place, while supporting their church.

 

MISSION TEAM TO GUATEMALA

Tom Reichert (770)422-5633 x25 treichert@saintjosephcc.org

This year we will be sending two delegations to our sister parish of San Jose in El Rodeo, Guatemala. A building team is scheduled for October 21-28, to put in cement floors for families living with dirt floors. Our medical team is tentatively scheduled for February 17-24, 2017

 

MUST MINISTRIES

Chris Arnold (770)380-1692 sewingsisters@mindspring.com

MUST Ministries is an interfaith group that helps those in need in our area. We conduct monthly food drives, serve breakfast, and volunteer at the MUST Thrift Store. We also help with client intake, and at the donation center. During the summer we donate and deliver bagged lunches for shelter guests and for children in need. MUST also participates in special food drives and projects around the holidays.

 

MUST BREAKFAST MINISTRY

Mary Kraus (678)644-6031 stjoesmust@gmail.com

The MUST Breakfast Ministry is a wonderful way to directly help the homeless by providing hot breakfasts at the Elizabeth St. Inn on N. Cobb Parkway. We are blessed to be able to feed the hungry, and quench the thirsty through this ministry. Volunteers cook a designated “menu” of food, and drop it off at the shelter the evening before one of our teams is scheduled to serve. Other volunteers heat and serve all the food between 6:15 and 7:30 AM. Our days of service are the first three Wednesdays and the second Tuesday of each month. You may serve once a quarter, or as often as you like. You determine your schedule for service.

 

PARISH HEALTH FAIR

Blanca Uso blancauso@bellsouth.net
Maria Torres (678)559-6771 mirc69@hotmail.com

Saint Joseph Parish sponsors a Health Fair for adult parishioners 18 years of age and older in the spring. The fair, co-sponsored by Wellstar Health Systems, includes non-invasive screening for a variety of health issues, as well as health related exhibitors with information available for parishioners. Volunteers are needed.

 

PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY  

Joyce Reed joyce.reed1968@att.net

This ministry shows care and compassion by delivering blessed, hand-made prayer shawls to those in need. Anyone who can knit, crochet, quilt, sew—or who has the desire to learn, is welcome. Help us touch hearts and lives.

 

PRISON MINISTRY

Deacon Norm Keller (985)974-9174 deaconnorm@yahoo.com

A Catholic presence is maintained weekly at Cobb County Jail, at the Fulton County jails in Atlanta, and Union City, and at the State Prison in Jackson. Inmates are also seen individually upon request at each of these facilities. Please inform Deacon Norm of any inmate who would like a Catholic chaplain to visit. Parishioners are encouraged to keep all inmates and victims, and their families, and prison employees, in their prayers, and to also pray for the abolishment of the death penalty. New and gently used Catholic Bibles and reading materials, and only ALL-PLASTIC rosary beads, are greatly appreciated. A box is provided in the narthex for these items.

 

RESPECT FOR LIFE

Lauren McCormack (404)434-5903 laurenmccormack@gmail.com

This group promotes the sacredness of human life from the moment of conception to the moment of natural death, by prayer, fasting, and education of others to the perils of the “culture of death.” We also support a Pregnancy Crisis Center.

 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

Larry Burke (770)425-5158 lawrenceburke@msn.com

The Society is a Catholic organization of lay people who seek, in a spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are marginalized. Caseworkers are always a primary need, but there are many other areas, including our food pantry, our thrift store, and special projects for those who wish to volunteer in this rewarding ministry. Training is provided. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society also provides and serves a hearty meal two times a month at the Extension for men, and once a month at the Extension for women. Cooks and servers always are welcome. The Extension is a comprehensive, long-term residential recovery program for addicted men and women.

 

SENIOR SOCIAL

Tom Reichert (770)422-5633 x25 treichert@saintjosephcc.org

 Join us the third Friday of each month for the noon Mass, followed by a luncheon in the Music Room. Volunteers are welcome to join in singing, socializing, serving, and cleanup as we enjoy fellowship.

 

SEPARATED/DIVORCED SUPPORT GROUP

Pattie Scotto (770)422-1783 keyjobs@bellsouth.net

This group offers emotional and spiritual support for those who are going through the hurtful time of losing partners, or who may have already experienced separation or divorce.

 

STEPHEN MINISTRY

Jackie Balunek (770)422-5633 x81 StephenMinistry@saintjosephcc.org
Glenn Garvett gegarvett@gmail.com
Carol Donofrio (770)422-5633 x22 cdonofrio@saintjosephcc.org

Stephen Ministers are well-trained, caring, Christians who show God’s mercy and compassion to another that is hurting during normal life situations. The Stephen Minister walks with their care receiver, prays for him or her and helps them work through and cope with life’s difficulties. Stephen Ministers are provided 50 hours of initial training in Christian care giving skills, followed by continuing education on related topics. The Stephen Minister benefits from the ministry by learning skills which are beneficial in everyday life, as well as a deepened faith and experience of God’s grace. Due to the confidential nature of the ministry, there is an application form, an interview, and a screening process, including a background check.

 

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS

Pat Schafer (770)427-2928 patschafer@bellsouth.net

Three weekends a year, care packages are shipped to deployed military. Volunteers are needed on collection weekends to attend the donation table before and after Mass – total time 30 minutes. Volunteers needed ONLY for the Saturday 5:30 PM Vigil Mass, and Sunday, 9:00 AM, 10:45 AM, and 12:30 PM Masses.

 

UNIDOS EN CHRISTO/UNITED IN CHRIST

Dolores Lomeli (770)422-5633 x37 dlomeli@saintjosephcc.org
Lizardo Lopez (404)981-0929 thelizar@gmail.com
Tom Reichert (770)422-5633 x25  treichert@saintjosephcc.org

Recalling the words of Jesus, “I was a stranger and you welcomed me,” our Unidos En Christo ministry seeks to support parishioners through education on Catholic Social Teaching as it relates to immigration, offering spiritual support, referrals to available community services, and support to parishioners with a loved one being deported.

 

UNION CITY JAIL

Deacon Norm Keller (678)594-6597 deaconnorm@yahoo.com
Tom Reichert (422)5633 x25 treichert@saintjosephcc.org

On the first and third Monday of each month a team from Saint Joseph and Sacred Heart, Atlanta, take Communion to the women at Union City Jail.