Service & Outreach
As Christians, we are called to be disciples of Jesus. St. Philip Neri service and outreach ministries and organizations reach out to people, both within the parish and in the larger community, who may be challenged by injustices or are feeling powerless to change the circumstances in their lives. By aiding others with their spiritual and material necessities, Catholics grow in conformance to Christ and ultimately receive His Divine Mercy.
Service & Outreach Ministries & Organizations
Rosary Makers Guild
This ministry is devoted to helping our missions and others receive the gift of the Rosary, thereby making their prayers more deeply centered in the life of Christ. The Rosary Makers Guild meets every Thursday at 10:30 am. The ministry always has openings for people devoted to helping our missions and others receive the gift of the rosary. Training is required and all materials are provided.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
The members of this ministry personally hand-knit or crochet prayer shawls for St Philip Neri parishioners, participants in the Rachel’s Vineyard Retreats, and others in the community. Given to individuals in need of comfort and prayer, these handmade “gifts of love” provide a tangible symbol of the loving embrace of a praying community. The Prayer Shaw Ministry meets on the first Thursday of each month.
The Hospitality Committee welcomes parishioners and guests by serving refreshments after Masses on Hospitality Sunday, which is scheduled monthly. Volunteers also serve other parish events that include newcomer’s luncheons and parish anniversary celebrations.
Rose Garden Guild
The St. Therese Rose Garden, which was developed by the Rose Garden Guild in 2016, beautifies the landscaping on our parish grounds while also offering parishioners a place to pray. Members offer their gifts of service and time to care for this garden that honors St Therese, the Little Flower of Jesus.
Health & Wellness Ministry
The Heath & Wellness Ministry offers resources that enable parishioners to be better stewards of the life that God has given to each of us. This team of committed professionals and interested health care advocates support and assist the congregation in achieving better health through education, monthly health checks and other means. The Health & Wellness Ministry meets on the First Thursday of each month at 10:30 am and 7:00 pm.
The Cancer Ministry provides spiritual, emotional and practical support to parishioners who are either a current cancer patient, a caregiver for a cancer patient, or grieving the loss of a loved one due to cancer. Services include, among others, transportation, handyman services, one-on-one partners, and a card and prayer ministry.
Home and Hospital Visitation
Through home and hospital visits, Eucharistic Ministers provide the sick, elderly and homebound with companionship and the Holy Eucharist. Volunteers live their faith by taking Christ to others while they fulfill a vital corporal work of mercy, visiting the sick.
Pet Partners Ministry
This ministry responds to God’s call to visit and comfort the sick and lonely. Pet owners and their dogs visit nursing homes, hospitals, childcare centers and hospice facilities. The dogs must be friendly, mild mannered and have a gentle temperament. Volunteers that serve this ministry may be adults and teens. This ministry is also suitable for a family with children.
Bereavement Ministry & Bereavement Support Group
At St Philip Neri, we believe that in our faith community, no one should grieve alone. St. Philip Neri Bereavement Ministry gives emotional support and practical help to parish families going through the grieving process. Members of this ministry send cards, make calls and visits, host the Annual All Soul’s Day Mass and ensure the availability of the Parish’s Book of the Names of the Dead. This ministry also sponsors a grief support group that helps fill the loneliness and manage the emotions of a changing lifestyle. The Bereavement Ministry meets on the second Monday of each month at 7:30 pm. The Bereavement Support Group meets every Tuesday at 7:00 pm.
This ministry provides comfort and compassion to the family and friends of deceased parishioners by coordinating meals and refreshments for receptions after Funeral Masses. Volunteers prepare food, set up the parish center prior to the reception, serve funeral attendees and clean up after the meal.
Social Justice Ministry
The mission of the St. Philip Neri Social Justice Ministry is to foster a visible, active and growing culture of Gospel-centric peace and justice within our parish by providing opportunities for compassionate interaction with, and advocacy for, the voiceless and marginalized of our society. All are welcome to participate. The Social Justice Ministry meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.
Respect Life Ministry
The Respect Life Ministry focuses on increasing the awareness of the dignity and sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. This ministry educates our parishioners about the moral evils of abortion, infanticide, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia and assisted suicide, and to defend and restore the Culture of LIFE through campaigns of prayer and worship. This ministry sponsors projects which protect and defend the unborn, the disabled, the terminally ill and the elderly.
St. Vincent DePaul Society
The St. Vincent DePaul Society is a worldwide organization for Catholic adults that desire to live their faith by loving and serving their neighbors in need. Members, who grow spiritually during participation in the organization’s efforts, provide food, clothing, financial assistance and spiritual support to the needy, aged and/or lonely individuals or families that are facing a desperate situation. All work is done on a confidential basis and in a manner that upholds the dignity of those in need. St Vincent DePaul meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm.
Martha’s Meals Ministry
This ministry is devoted to providing lunches on Saturday mornings to shut-ins in the local community. The cooks prepare meals in the church, with the drivers paired in twos for each individual delivery route. Volunteers, who typically serve one Saturday per month, are scheduled on a rotating basis. In addition, other volunteers are needed to provide freshly baked cookies.
Take Them a Meal
At times, life can make it a challenge to cook meals for your family. Welcoming a newborn, dealing with an illness or surgery, or dealing with a loss could present a need that this ministry can serve by preparing and delivering meals.
The Veterans Ministry focuses on providing fellowship, support and service to past and present members of the armed forces at St. Philip Neri. The Veterans Ministry meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm.
Red Cross Blood Drive
Conducted on a quarterly basis, the blood drive provides community members with the opportunity to donate the “gift of Life.” Signup sheets are typically available after all Masses two weeks prior to a planned drive. Volunteers are also needed to baked cookies for the blood donors.
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