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Outreach, Pastoral Care, Social Justice & Advocacy

Make Disciples by promoting care for the sick and less fortunate of our parish and community. 

                                  Chairs: Deacon Joe Mignogna, mignognaj@ssjwoodlands.com          Maria Roces, mzroces@aol.com


Pastoral Care

Good shepherd ministry

Visitation Ministry – This group of dedicated and committed stewards bring Holy Communion to those unable to join in the celebration of Holy Mass. Visits occur weekday mornings and Sunday's after morning masses. This is a beautiful and fulfilling ministry of outreach, please prayerfully consider. Peg Kelly, Kelly_peg@hotmail.com

Compassionate Visitor - When there are times that a person who is sick needs more comfort than a Visitation Minister can give, we are initiating this ministry to visit with them and pray with them: to be a spiritual friend. Peg Kelly, Kelly_peg@hotmail.com

Pastoral Care Minister - These trained spiritual guides participate in archdiocesan formation of 16 weeks, and are ready to help those whose needs are greater than that of a friend. These ministers work with our parish Deacons and priests to connect those who have greater needs to the best. Peg Kelly, Kelly_peg@hotmail.com

Funeral Pastoral Care Team - two ways to serve

  • Funeral Liturgy Support - SSJ church community interface providing care and support for family and friends of our deceased parishioner before and during funeral liturgy. It's important to support our fellow parishioners during this stressful time. Gretchen Hartley, ghartley06@gmail.com
  • SSJ Serving Hands Funeral Reception - Funerals are important occasions for our Parish family to be a loving, compassionate presence to grieving families and friends at a time when they need it most. Many families would like to greet and spend some time with visiting family and friends following the Funeral mass and we provide that opportunity for them. We would love for you to join in this special ministry. Matilda Minze, matildaminze@comcast.net

Rainbow & Roses Grief Ministry – We offer prayer, hope and guidance to those who have suffered the loss of a loved one, journeying with you through the stages of grief.  This parish Grief Ministry is open to all family and friends of deceased members.  We meet the first and third Thursday of the month from 10:  am to 11:30 am in the Ministry House. Cathy Raines, cjraines@att.net, Tommy Zievert, tjz1229@gmail.com.

other

Prison Ministry

  • Prison Pen Pal Ministry - Write letters to our incarcerated brothers and sisters. LisaNaeger, naegerlisa@gmail.com
  • Prison Visitation Ministry - Bring Christ to those who are imprisoned. Susan Kosh, susan.e.kosh@gmail.com

Hands with Heart - Meeting after morning mass on Mondays in the Ministry House, this group of caring people gather to share crafts and stories, focusing on projects that bring comfort and support for those who are dealing with various challenges in their lives. Learn to crochet, knit and make quilts. Simple patterns and materials provided. Or bring your own project. Bobbie Torguson, torgcomp@sbcglobal.net or Donna Sorriento, 281-296-8018

Transportation Ministry – Provide transportation, in your own personal vehicle, to parishioners in need of rides to mass, doctor and medical appointments or grocery store. Cecilia Villarreal, 210-663-5447, c2villarreal@att.net

Social Justice Advocacy & Outreach

Angel Tree Project -  Extend the spirit of Christmas by providing gifts to people in need. The program begins the weekend before Thanksgiving and ends with the delivery of the gifts the first weekend in December.  Helene McKee, hlmdevmckee@gmail.com

Blood Drive – Come give blood, each donation can save up to 3 lives or volunteer to help just a few hours on Blood Drive Sunday. Gretchen Hartley, ghartley06@gmail.com

Emergency Management - Support in the management of our emergency management shelter in partnership with the Red Cross. Assist in housing, registration and feeding in event of shelter activation. Must be Red Cross Certified.  Jim Burkett, jfburkett@sbcglobal.net

Habitat for Humanity – Provide volunteer labor to construct simple, decent housing. We work in Conroe, TX on one house per year, starting in the fall and finishing in the spring, working two Saturdays each month. You can also help by furnishing breakfast or lunch on the work days. David Vogt, DVogt@cbi.com

Loaves & Fishes Ministry -  Our mission is to serve the neediest in our community in Southeast Texas, including both Harris and Montgomery counties. Our current focus has been helping with serving lunches twice a month, one Sunday, and one weekday, at the Catholic Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen in Downtown Houston. We continue to explore new venues in the Montgomery County area to extend our ministry. Bill Grattendick desotowag@sbcglobal.net or Karen Toupard, bostonrescue@aol.com

Our Lady’s Rosary Makers – Learn to make rosaries for the missions, hospitals and the parish. Instructions and supplies will be provided.  Meetings are the third Friday of each month from 9:30-11:00 am. Pauline Bowen, quiltinnana@consolidated.net

Casa Divina - Discover how to support persons who suffer from human trafficking by learning more about the issue and working toward erasing awareness of it in our community and state. Nannette Coons, coonsn@ssjwoodlands.com

Pro-Life – Provides awareness and prayer for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death.  At monthly meetings, we pray the Rosary of the Unborn and organize projects such as women's gift bags and make baby prayer blankets to donate to the centers for gifting to mothers and babies.  Our focus are the core LIFE issues of abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, etc. and honoring Motherhood and the role of Family.  Joan Prochaska, ejpro@consolidated.net or Diana Grossweiler, Diana.grossweiler@att.net

St. Vincent de Paul Society – SVDP provides for community needs with emergency financial assistance and donated food.  This is a behind the scenes way to be vicars of Christ.  Charmaine Villere cbvillere@gmail.com

Social Justice Advocacy -Offering opportunities to explore more deeply the Church's teachings on morality and service to the poor. Nannette Coons coonsn@ssjwoodlands.com