Social Justice & Outreach Ministry

BEREAVEMENT

This ministry is an opportunity to assist a bereaved family by providing a lunch after a funeral Mass. Parish volunteers can provide a dish for the luncheon, help with the set-up, or clean-up. To indicate your interest in this ministry, call the Pastoral Ministry Office, 488-6149.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

St. Agatha Parish is one of ten local churches in the Northwest Partnership who furnish financial and human resources to build one home a year for a pre-qualified family. Experience not necessary. Teen service projects and providing lunch to construction volunteers can be arranged. For more information, check www.habitatmidohio.org. If you are interested or want to be added to the weekly construction report email list, contact Barb McSheffery, 481-8465,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

MEAL MINISTRY

If a parishioner needs meals brought, due to illness or other serious problems, please contact Jeannine Palmer, 442-9507. If you would like to help by preparing a meal when the need occurs, please contact Jeannine Palmer.

MINISTRY TO THE SICK AND HOME-BOUND

This ministry is an out-reach to members of the parish who are ill, homebound, in assisted living, re-habilitation, or nursing home facilities and wish to receive the sacraments and/or a friendly visit. A call from the sick person or a member of their family to the rectory or Pastoral Ministry Office,  488-6149, notifies us of your desire and need.

PRAYER LINE

This ministry is an opportunity for members of the parish to be on a “phone chain” list and to be called when the parish office receives a request for prayers for the physical and emotional needs of a parishioner and/or their extended family. To request prayers or to be a part of the prayer chain, call the Pastoral Ministry Office 488-6149.

RESPECT LIFE

Following diocesan guidelines this group speaks out for the sanctity and dignity of all human life, from conception until natural death. This includes education, prayer, outreach, and political advocacy.

SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

This group offers many programs to assist the poor who are in need of material and financial help. With the Open Shelter program, dinner is provided at the shelter once a month. Sandwich Makers provide 150 sandwiches twice a month to the Community Kitchen, Inc. at St. John/Holy Rosary Church. There is a group that volunteers to make a daily run to deliver day-old bread from Giant Eagle and Panera to St. Lawrence Haven Food Distribution Center or the community Kitchen. And another group meets at St. Lawrence Haven to aid in distributing food to the needy. Food from our third Sunday parish-wide collection is delivered to St. Lawrence also. In addition, individually tailored help is given to those who ask for assistance. Meetings are held at 9:00 a.m. on the first Saturday of the month in the Monsignor Kennedy Parish Hall. All are welcome.

SANDWICH MAKERS

Parish volunteers meet on the last two Thursdays of each month in the parish kitchen (next to the school cafeteria), after the morning daily Mass, to make sandwiches for the Community Kitchen on South Ohio Avenue. Reminders are noted in the weekly parish bulletin. All you need to do is “show up” on the day the sandwiches are being made.

OPEN SHELTER DINNERS

On the second Tuesday of each month from September through May, we meet at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall to plan what dinner to prepare for the Open Shelter downtown. Then on the third Tuesday, we make the food and take it down, serve and clean up. There are many ways to be involved, including planning, cooking, driving, serving, donating money for purchased items we need. To find out more about being involved in this ministry, please call Barbara Wookey, 457-0083.