Ministries of Mercy

Ministries of Mercy focus on outreach to the poor, suffering and those forgotten by society.

Bereavement Ministry –

What: This ministry is an expression of sympathy from our parish when a parishioner has a death in the family. The bereavement coordinators contact the family of a deceased parishioner and offer condolences from the parish, and then arrange a funeral luncheon in the lower level if requested by the family. Volunteers in this ministry are needed to prepare and drop off food or help on the day of the luncheon.

When: Whenever a member of our parish family passes

Contact: Jane Prunte at janemom57@gmail.com or Kathleen MacKinnon at mackinnon@aol.com

Bishop Griffin Center – 

What: Special Works Ministry of St. Vincent De Paul, the Bishop Griffin Center is a ministry to those in need among us. Located on the grounds of Christ the King Parish, the center is operated by volunteers from St. Catharine and several Eastside parishes. Open every Wed. morning and every Fri. afternoon it offers a choice food pantry, a household goods and clothing pantry and community garden. The Dominican Learning Center offers literacy and adult ESL classes on Thursday mornings and evenings. Donations to purchase food from the food bank, gently-used clothing and household items and volunteers are always welcome and needed.

When: Wednesdays 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Fridays 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Contact: The center at 614-338-8220 or info@bishopgriffincenter.com

Elderly and Homebound Outreach –

What: This ministry is seeking to reach out to the elderly and shut- ins of our parish, seeking to uphold dignity and independence of elders and helping to ease the burden of care on families. Currently we are offering weekly visits to homebound parishioners bringing the Holy Eucharist to the isolated elderly and disabled adults and those residing in near-by nursing homes or assisted living facilities.

When: Sunday Mornings

Contact: Barbara Brown at sheba0704@gmail.com

Holy Family Soup Kitchen –

What: Volunteers are needed to work at the Holy Family Soup Kitchen and to help the Sisters from the Children of Mary at their neighboring Mother of Joyful Hope Convent, which reaches out to those in need around them.

When: Monday through Friday, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Contact: 614- 461-9444 or holyfamilyoutreach@gmail.com

Respect Life Committee – 

What: The mission of the Respect Life Ministry is to promote a greater respect and appreciation for the dignity and value of each human person from conception to natural death. The church teaches that every human person is worthy of dignity, respect and protection, because we are created in the image and likeness of God. Our focus is to uphold this teaching in our parish and community.

Contact: Kate Allwein at kateallwein@yahoo.com

Separated & Divorced Catholics Ministry –

What: St. Catharine is pleased to be a member parish of Non Solum Columbus, a pastoral community of separated and divorced Catholics. Several times throughout the year, St. Catharine hosts a 12-week program published by Ascension Press called The Catholic’s Divorce Survival Guide. This group-base program is intended specifically to help reach out to those Catholics who don’t want to see their faith go the way of their marriage. Its purpose is to provide love, support, guidance, and healing—by other Catholics who have also experienced the unimaginable trauma of marital separation and/or divorce.

When: Throughout the year; schedule found at http://DivorcedCatholicColumbus.org.

Contact: Keith Luscher, keith.luscher@gmail.com or Monica Leck, monicaleck@yahoo.com.

St. Vincent de Paul Society –

What: This ministry provides fellowship, food, rent, utility help and furniture assistance to members of our greater community who are in need. We serve several individuals and families each month who are referred to us, and each request is responded to personally through home visits, or if necessary, phone calls. Some of our ministries include: maintaining a food pantry for the delivery of emergency food, sandwich making for the St. Lawrence Haven food line and coordinating the parish Christmas giving tree program.

When: 2nd Sunday of each month after the 8:30 mass in the Cry Room of the Church

Contact: Denny Devine at denny.devine@gmail.com

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