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Special Needs

The Special Needs Coordinator serves as the liaison between the Special Needs Committees and the Parish Pastoral Council.

Goals and activities to fulfill the mission of each committee are established yearly.

Bereavement Committee

Mission:

To offer support and meet the special needs of fellow parishioners who have experienced the death of an immediate family member.

Activities:

Mass cards with a letter are sent to the bereaved of our parish who have lost an immediate family member. Committee members follow up to make phone calls and/or visit the bereaved to offer prayers and support. The committee hosts the "Daytime Prayer Service" the second Sunday of November at 3:00 p.m. annually. A votive candle is presented to each immediate family member who has lost someone in the last 12 months. The committee sends a Christmas card with a poem "My First Christmas in Heaven" on Dec. 1. The committee sends a first year anniversary card of the death.

The committee meets bi-monthly on the second Saturday of the month at 9:00 a.m. in St. Bonaventure Center to report on assignments. Programs and training for bereavement volunteers are provided throughout the year as needed.

Charities Committee

Mission:

To donate our time and talent to help bridge the needs of our community through various drives and activities.

Activities:

Twice yearly, the Charities Committee sponsors blood drives for the American Red Cross. They also maintain food collection containers located in the entrances of the church. Donations are taken by the committee to St. Anthony Family Shelter for distribution to the needy. Holiday and Spring food drives are conducted at the school. The Charities Committee also sponsors the Lenten food drive. Donated items from all three food drives are delivered by committee members to Catholic Charities "Our Daily Bread" Food Pantry. "Summer Harvest" benefits a number of charities, including St. Anthony Family Shelter, Guadalupe Clinic, Gerard House, Birthline, Harbor House, Dear Neighbors Ministries, Center of Hope and A Better Choice. Committee members pick up bakery items donated by Dillon's at 13th and Tyler every Tuesday and Thursday. The food is  delivered to the Guadalupe Clinic/Food Pantry to benefit the working poor and unemployed.

Funeral Dinners

Mission:

To help ease the suffering of the bereaved.

Activities:

The Funeral Committee and volunteers serve a dinner to the family and friends of the deceased following the funeral of parish members. Volunteers from the parish that sign up during the Stewardship drive provide the desserts, salads, cakes, etc., for the meal. The chairperson arranges for the meat and potatoes.

Homebound Ministry

Mission:

To correspond and/or visit with the elderly and homebound of the parish.

Meals from Caring Hands

Mission:

To provide meals to parishioners who are experiency a crisis within their family lives.

Activities:

Volunteers are needed to make and deliver a meal for a family within the parish when contacted.

Ministry for Persons with Disabilities

Mission:

To welcome and support parishioners with physical, mental or sensory disability to full participation in parish life. In the process, persons with disabilities can give their spiritual gifts to all. This is accomplished through:

  1. Affirmation - assuring that people with disabilities feel welcome and being sensitive to their needs.
  2. Communication - large print missalettes, assistive hearing devices for the celebration of the Eucharist, etc.
  3. Accessibility - bathrooms with wheelchair facilities, ramps, curb cuts, etc.
  4. Advocate for Supportive Services - support groups, respite care.
  5. Education - PSR

Activities:

The Inclusion Committee meets as needed to assess and address needs related to its mission. there is an urgent need for parishoners with disabilities to join the committee.

Mourning Light Ministry

Mission:

To offer spiritual and emotional support for bereaved families who have experienced the death of their baby through miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant death.

Activities:

This ministry sends prayer cards to the families and offers support for their special needs at this time. Members plan an annual Memorial Service for families on December 28 (Feast of the Holy Innocents) with Rite of Blessing and blessed religious mementos for families. Twice yearly, a nine-week Miscarriage Bible Study Support Group is offered with a memorial service at the end. We welcome everyone to join this new ministry and offer help and share new ideas at our periodic meetings.

Parish Nurse Ministry

Mission:

To promote health and wellness of body, mind, and spirit within our faith community through worship, education and service.

Activities:

  • Monthly blood pressure screenings.
  • Pamphlet rack in St. Clare hallway on health education topics and community resources.
  • Caregivers support group
  • Respite Care
  • Provide first aid at the annual picnic.
  • Facilitate annual Parish Healing Service.
  • Health Education/Speakers

Retrouvaille (Diocesan Program)

Mission:

A weekend experience (with six post-sessions) for couples with troubled marriages to give them the opportunity to try to return their marriage to God's plan for marriage.

Tobit's Ministry

Mission:

To attend rosary and funerals of deceased parishioners.

Activities:

As stated in the Mission Statement, this committee attends the prayer and/or funeral services of fellow parishioners. A system of telephone calling chains is activated by members upon receiving information of a death. A formal meeting of committee members is held once or twice during the year.