Living the Gospel in everyday life.
Parish Outreach Ministry is identified by the actions that our faith community takes to live out the Gospel we proclaim and to grow in love with God and neighbor. It aims to foster greater outreach and advocacy efforts, to educate parishioners to serve those who are poor, vulnerable, or in need, and to provide opportunities for spiritual growth.
While Parish Outreach Ministry team members can be "doers" their primary tasks would be that of leaders, organizers and planners, creating opportunities for all members of our parish to be involved in the social mission of the Church. (adapted from "Introduction to Parish Social Ministry - Archdiocese of Indianapolis-Catholic Charities)
St Patrick parish is in the process of developing a team that will be guided by this vision. For more information please contact Jessica Schumacher or Pat Mertz in the parish office.
Existing Outreach Ministries
St. Patrick’s Rummage House
1040 14th Ave
St. Patrick’s Rummage House was started in 1965. It provides quality, useable clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics, books, toys, etc.; a way to recycle merchandise and help families provide for themselves with dignity. All merchandise is generously donated by the community and is very moderately priced.
Occasionally, excess clothing is delivered to The Orphan Grain Train. Referrals for assistance come from Head Start, Health & Human Services, DOVES, Schools, Panhandle Community Services and King’s Daughters. Thru these referrals, items are given away. Give Away’s are also offered in August for “Back to School” and “Pre-Christmas” in December.
The Rummage House Volunteer Staff sort and price donations on Monday and Wednesday 8 – 11 am and Wednesday evenings 5 – 7. Selling days are Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. -1:00 p.m. It is with enthusiasm, diligence and good organization of the Rummage House Volunteer Staff that make this sharing a reality!
A group of dedicated women have taken up the ministry of sewing lap blankets which are given to individuals. Healing Blankets and accompanying prayer booklets have been sent all over the United States, including our local Panhandle area. In addition, the first name of all recipients is added to the Healing Blanket Prayer List in the Eucharistic Chapel so that those experiencing difficult times in their lives can be continuously raised up in prayer. The blankets are available at the parish office. Coordinator is Kathy Nienhueser.
PO Box 159
St. Norbert, Manitoba, Canada
St. Patrick’s has been hosting these missions since December 1997. This mission territory in the Arctic is served by the Oblates of Mary Immaculate. A monetary offering is received the 3rd weekend of each month. Learn more here.
Orphan Grain Train
Rocky Mountain Division
420 Cedar Street
St. Patrick’s Rummage House began supporting Orphan Grain Train November 2007. Orphan Grain Train is a Christian volunteer network that shares personal and material resources with needy people in America and around the world. Grain Train volunteers gather donations of clothing, medical supplies, food, Christian literature, and other aid to meet real needs. The Orphan Grain Train movement is a loving response to Jesus Christ’s example as a servant and His love for us.
Learn more here.
Located at Parish Center, 1039 14th Ave
At the annual Mass of Thanksgiving parishioners donate food items for the Parish Food Pantry. You may also make donations at any time through the year. These items are then given to families in need.
Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration
Sacred Heart Convent
6521 Baybay City
St. Patrick's Council of Catholic Women (CCW) began supporting Sisters of St. Francis in 2009. 125 Sisters of St. Francis live in 13 convents on three different islands: Leyte, Cebu and Bohol. The sisters minister in various schools from kindergarten thru college. They also teach and direct catechetical programs, staff two retreat houses, Outreach Programs, a clinic, and minister with the poorest of the poor feeding the children nutritious food and teaching mothers how to care for their children.
Each Advent Christmas trees are set up in the east gathering area that have paper doves hanging on them. Parishioners take one of the doves which contains the name of a local store/gas station and parishioners purchase a gift card for that business. The gift cards are given to the DOVES Program; a resource for anyone who has experienced sexual, domestic and dating violence.
Advent Baby Shower
During Advent, baby cribs are set up in both the east and west gathering area. Parishioners donate a variety of needed items for babies: clothing, sizes preemie to 5T, crib sheets, towels, diapers, toys, blankets, etc. All donations are used by local families.
22 But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves.
23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror; 24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was. 25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.