LOVE COMMISSION

Events, Family Life, Fellowship Support, Hospitality, Parishioner Involvement

Make Disciples by promoting a welcoming environment that instills a sense of belonging and involvement in our parish community and families.

                               Chairs: Marta Genthon, genthonm@gmail.com                                                               Gaby Cadena de Azcarate, hispanossj@gmail.com

Christ Connection: Faith Sharing in Small Groups - This movement in our parish takes us to a new understanding in how we share the faith: person to person. It is through personal relationships that we share Christ, as well as grow in Him. Rina Villarreal, villarrealr@ssjwoodlands.com

Family Life 

Prepare and Enrich – Mentor couples provide helpful role models for marriage preparation and during the first year of marriage. Reed & Lisa Hughes, thughes780@hotmail.com

Wedding Coordination - Coordinate the events taking place inside the church from rehearsal to wedding ceremony. Works with photographers, videographers, and works with musicians to assure a smooth running wedding. Mary Pritchard, 281-546-9783, weddings@ssjwoodlands.com

Fellowship Support

Parish Organizations

Camera Club- We are simply a group of great people who love photography and with others.  We come from different backgrounds and have different photographic interests, but we have one thing in common; we all love to learn more about taking better pictures.  Herb Sommer, hwsommer@gmail.com

Catholic Business Forum - Our forum is a monthly luncheon on the second Thursday of each month from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at Cilantro's Mexican Restaurant on Sawdust Rd. This is a way to develop spiritual strength and application through sharing common concerns with living our faith in the workplace. Each month there is scheduled speaker who talks about living our Catholic faith throughout the week (not just on Sundays) at home and in our careers. The speaker often relates how they utilize tools and actions that assist them in their daily business life in becoming a stronger follower of Christ, helping us on our own journey. Pat Perry,  perryint@comcast.net

Couples for Christ - Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and LIfe (CFC FFL) is an ecclesial movement, or canonically, a private lay association that aims to build the "church of the home" by bringing families to a living relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ. Those who want to become members of CFC FFL attend a local Christian Life Seminar which is a series of 9 talks dealing with Christian catechesis. CFC FFL also conducts the LIVE CHRIST, SHARE CHRIST seminar in collaboration with the Parish. Pepito & Pat Santos, jpsuntoast@gmail.com

Dinner Group – SSJ Dinner Club is a fellowship activity providing parishioners with an exciting chance to meet new folks and make new friends.  If you love to meet and socialize, enjoy a great meal, and have some fun, this activity is for you! Holly Steinke, hollyforssj@gmail.com

Marriage Encounter - Reconnect and revitalize your marriage. It is an experience guided by couples and a priest who help you to rediscover your dreams, rekindle your romance and become more aware of God's desire for your marriage. Away from the distractions of everyday life, each couple has the time to focus on each other, and learn new ways of communicating more effectively in a private, positive atmosphere. Pat & Maxine Mueller, Maxine.mueller@gmail.com

Men's Club - All men of the parish are welcome to become members of the Men's Club, which provides an opportunity for fellowship and service to the church community.    LeRoy Luder, llueder1966@gmail.com

Tiny Catholics Nursery - We offer loving care to your little ones during the 9:30 and 11:30 masses on Sundays. The nursery if open for children from 0-4 years of age. Therese Wind, theresewind@gmail.com

Tiny Catholics Playgroup - Keep Christ in the chaos of parenting. Come join parents of young children (0-4 yrs), Wednesday mornings from 10:00 am to noon in the nursery. Louisa Ackley, louisaackley@yahoo.com

Welcoming New Parishioners/Lunch with the Pastor - If you enjoy meeting new people and are excited about sharing all the great things happening in our parish, this just might be a good fit for you. Monthly, we make welcoming phone calls and host a ‘Lunch with Pastor’ providing new parishioners a wonderful opportunity to get acquainted while enjoying lunch with Father Pat. Bobbie Torguson, torgcomp@sbcglobal.net.

Women's Club - Women gather for service, fellowship and fun. Hosting church events, and receptions, day trips, monthly Bunco, making sleeping pads for the homeless and providing potluck dinners are all part of Women's Club activities. We meet the third Tuesday of the month. Monje Piron, deweyfiction@yahoo.com

Partnered Organizations

American Heritage Girls #204 - We are a faith based scouting organization tailored for girls between the ages of 5-18. AHG allows girls to experience new challenges, serve others, make new friends and have tons of fun in a safe, faith-filled environment. Whether your daughter wants to learn more about aviation, learn to paddle a canoe or ice the perfect cake, AHG's programs are ready to inspire her to new heights. Wendy McKnight, ahgtroop204@gmail.com

Boy Scout#204 - (Ages 11-18) - The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law, which ranges from Trustworthiness to Reverence. Youth and adult leaders receive training to guide them in this undertaking. Paul Goulden (Scoutmaster), paulrgolden@yahoo.com or Bill Malone (Committee Chair), wdmalonejr@yahoo.com

Cub Scout #204 - (Ages 7-11 or Grades 1 to 5) - Cub Scouting is fun! No matter what grade you are in, first through fifth, it can be a blast. Do you like to learn by doing? Learn to tie knots, set up a tent or shoot a bow and arrow. Send a secret code to a buddy, build a bird house and hike. Earn rewards for doing these things in Cub Scouts. John Fenn or Melissa Alexander (Committee Chair), info@thewoodlands204.mypack.us

Venture Crew #204 - (Ages 14-21 girls and boys) - Provides opportunities for leadership, team building and adventure activities. Elected officers lead the crew. The youth leaders structure monthly activities and a yearly "Super Activity" based on the interest of the members. Adult leaders insure safety and provide guidance for the youth. Gary Gibson (Advisor), gegibsonjr1@gmail.com, Julie Gibson (Committee Chair), jwag16@gmail.com

Divine Mercy Academy - We meet Thursdays, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm from September-May for drop-off home school classes. Our classes include math, grammar, Spanish, and musical theater. Fees vary depending on classes. Susan Kelley, divinemercycoop@gmail.com

Divine Mercy Homeschool Co-op - We are comprised of homeschooling families dedicated to teaching our children the truth, beauty and goodness of God and His creation, in a safe, family-friendly environment. We meet semi-montly at SSJ and offer classes for preschool to high school. Susan Kelley, divinemercycoop@gmail.com

affiliated organizations

The Bread of Life Catholic Homeschool Group - We are a group of Catholic homeschooling families that support each other in homeschooling and the Faith. We continue to grow with the help of each new member that joins our group. breadoflifehomeschool.com

Una Voce Speech and Debate Club - We are a club for homeschool students devoted to the development of critical thinking, public speaking, apologetics, logic and performance skills to further the Kingdom of God on earth. Through the witness of faith and practice of holiness, we strive to teach our students to go out and meet the world and convert it. Anna Bourke, annabourke@rocketmail.com

Disciples of Jesus and Mary - The purpose of DJM is to offer all people an on-going training program that enables all to grow spiritually and to work effectively in the world. The DJM are called to live in holiness and truth. You learn how to discover your plan of life, found in the heart of the Father, who created you. You learn how to listen to Him and develop a relationship with the Lord and serve Him in your parish. Cindy Montgomery, cindymontgomery@consolidated.net

International Friends - Welcomes people from all countries and offers friendship as well as an opportunity to learn about American and Foreign cultures. We meet on the first Friday of the month and also have outings throughout the year. Aline Myers, alinemyers@hotmail.com or Erika Pratt, ebpratt9@yahoo.com

Knights of Columbus - We are the largest Catholic men's fraternal organization in the world, dedicated to the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. We welcome Catholic men over the age of eighteen to join us in our service to Church, Family, Community and Country. We are pro-life and pro-family. Meetings are a combination of devotion, business and social activities, including dinner!! Our Family Nights are celebrations of family and fellowship. Many of our brother Knights are active in other SSJ ministries. Bill Moeller, billmoeller78@yahoo.com

  • K of C Squires - The Knights also sponsor a young teen group called the Squires. These are young men between 10 and 17 years of age who seek the same ideals as are represented by our Order. Bill Moeller, billmoeller78@yahoo.com

Lovelighters - Senior citizens of all faiths come enjoy food, fun, fellowship and BINGO! Meetings are on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 9:00 am in Domec Hall. Monje Piron, 936-271-3469

Regnum Christi - As a religious congregation and movement of apostolate within the Catholic church, the Legionaries of Christ and Regnum Christi believe that God creates each person with a mission in mind. We help people to discover that mission, then give them the practical tools to live that mission, and the depth of spirituality to continually love the mission they have been given. Visit thykingdomcome.us to see all the activities planned for your area so you too can discover, live and love your mission. Thy Kingdom Come! Timothy Wells, timothy.wells@me.com

Social Single Seniors - Our group works closely with the Rainbow and Roses group. When a person is ready to move on from the loss of a spouse, our group is there to ease them back into joining life again. We also plan events during the year to socialize and have fun. Ann Oliphint, aolinphint@fcmchou.com or Dave Parsons, djparsons@yahoo.com

Hospitality

After Mass Fellowship Committee – We are looking for new members who would like to encourage fellow parishioners to mix and mingle after Mass.  Coffee, lemonade, water, donuts and cookies! Come join us! Debbie Tripp debssjchurch@gmail.com or Jessica Navascues, jessnchurch@gmail.com

Mass Greeters – How many smiles can we fit into SSJ? Would you share your smile once every 6 weeks? You're invited to share the greeter experience. Debe Leone, debe14@msn.com

Parking Team – We need 45 minutes of your time before the 9:30 am and 11:30 am masses keeping cars from going the wrong way down rows, shuttling people up to the church on the golf cart, directing cars where to exit the church parking lot. Richie Spurlock, spurrichie@sbcglobal.net

Food Hospitality Ministry –  We offer that foundation for fellowship. We meet in the kitchen for set up, sometimes cooking, serving of food and clean up duties. Come join us for the fun and fellowship.  Danel Brodie, brodied@ssjwoodlands.com