Angel Tree Project - “To the one who is given much, much will be expected.” The goal of our project is to extend the spirit of Christmas by providing gifts to people in need. The gifts will go to: seniors and families referred to us by Interfaith;Pregnancy Assistance Center North; Birthright; and other families or groups. The program begins the weekend before Thanksgiving and ends with the delivery of the gifts the first weekend in December. We need help making angels for the trees, collecting and sorting gifts after each mass during the last weekend in November and the first weekend in December. We also need assistance delivering the gifts to the various facilities. Helene McKee, email@example.com.
Blood Drive – organizes and holds the quarterly Blood Drives. Giving Blood is an Act of Mercy and can save up to 3 lives. Gretchen Hartley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency Management - Will have the responsibility to manage our Shelter operations as well as working with Montgomery County Emergency Management, the Red Cross, and Interfaith to serve our community in the event of any kind of disaster. Jim Burkett, email@example.com
Habitat for Humanity – Is an ecumenical, non profit, interfaith ministry that brings the community together to build decent, affordable home for all God’s people in need. Sts. Simon & Jude Parish, together with St. Anthony of Padua Parish, will achieve the mission in partnership through: Faith – our foundation, Volunteers – our walls, Donors – our roof and Families – our heart. Enroll on Flocknote to be kept informed or our plans and about upcoming events, building sites, and ways you can join our efforts. David Vogt, DVogt@cbi.com
Loaves & Fishes Ministry, at Sts. Simon & Jude which is an outgrowth of our scripture studies and Arise programs where we are asked to act on what we have studied (Invitation to Act). Our mission is to serve the most needy in our community in Southeast Texas, including both Harris and Montgomery counties. We have been helping with serving lunches on a regular basis at the Catholic Loaves & Fishes Soup Kitchen in Downtown Houston. Contacts for more information: Bill Grattendick firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Lady’s Rosary Makers – Learn to make rosaries for the missions, hospitals, and the parish. Once you learn the easy method, you can make rosaries at home or meet with us once a month. Instructions and supplies will be provided. Meetings are the third Friday of each month from 9:30-11:00 am. Pauline Bowen, email@example.com
Prayer Blanket Project -Hands with Heart. If you like to sew and have time to pray while you sew, these very simple prayer blankets might be a great project for you. It is a simple pattern to follow included in an all inclusive kit. You can sew at your leisure. At the same time we are meeting the needs of our fellow parishioners who are dealing with various challenges in their lives. This Blessed Prayer Blanket reminds each person gifted of God’s great love for them and the support of a faith filled community. Bobbie Torguson, firstname.lastname@example.org
Prison Ministry – Visit and/or write letters to our incarcerated brothers and sisters. Lisa Naeger, email@example.com
Pro-Life – Provides awareness and prayer for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Activities include participation in Life Chain and 40-Days for Life and sponsoring events such as the speaker program, arranging fund raising to support local pregnancy resource centers, Birthright and Pregnancy Assistance Center North(PACN) and disseminating Pro-Life news information to members. At monthly meetings, we 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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Rainbow and Roses, the parish Grief Ministry, is open to all family and friends of deceased members. There are two meeting options: 1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month from 10:00 to 11:30 am in the Ministry House. Our meetings are a sharing of experiences that help in the grieving process. When you are ready. We are there for you to assist in overcoming your loss as each of us has gone through exactly what you are experiencing now. Cathy Raines, email@example.com, Tommy Zievert, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Social Justice Team- this newly formed team will develop a parish plan for strategy and implementation for advocacy and outreach. Nannette Coons email@example.com
SVDP – St. Vincent de Paul Society 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SSJ 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 us in this special Ministry. Matilda Minze email@example.com
SSJ Visitation Ministry – Help to bring Holy Communion and prayer to the sick and homebound of ourcommunity in hospitals, nursing homes and homebound that are unable to attend Holy Mass. Peg Kelly, Kelly_peg@hotmail.com
Transportation Ministry – Provide transportation, in your own personal vehicle, to parishioners in need of rides to Mass, doctor and medical appointments, grocery store, or other appointments that may be appropriate as determined by the parish office. Cecilia Villarreal at firstname.lastname@example.org.