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Social Outreach

CHRISTMAS COOKIE WALK

Event is held the weekend before Christmas after all Masses. Parishioners donate 4-6 dozen cookies. Platters of cookies can be purchased or individuals can walk around a table filled with cookies and select what they wish. Cookies are sold by the platter.

 

Contact Person: Sara Peavler

Telephone: 618-599-5963
 

FUNERAL DINNERS

Funeral dinners are provided by members of the parish. Volunteers are needed to bring covered dishes. Assistance is also needed to help serve and/or clean up afterward. Volunteers will not be expected to
participate at every dinner.

Contact Persons: Joan Blank (618-395-1429 or 618-843-0017)
Joan Uhl (618-395-7772 or 618-339-8114)

Linda Schneider (618-395-1829)

GIVING TREE

Volunteers are needed to make gift tags for needy children and families in our community. Assistance is also needed in organizing and delivering gifts to families. This is a wonderful family project and helps teach the true meaning of Christmas.

Contact Person: Rose Ann Schwartz
Telephone: 618-395-1151
Email: roseannschwartz@webtv.net

GOOD SAMARITAN

Good Samaritan is an ecumenical organization dedicated to supplying food and clothing to the less fortunate of Richland County. Time commitment is 4 hours for 6 weeks. Need strong men to carry boxes of food to vehicles. Need ladies to sort and assist with distribution of clothing to all ages.

Contact Person: Hank Clow
Telephone: 618-395-2391

MEALS FOR MOM

Provide one meal for families of St. Joseph Church & School after the birth or adoption of their child. Volunteers are needed to cook & deliver a meal on an as needed basis and are not expected to participate every time.

Contact Person: Rachel Frye
Telephone: 618-783-1642
Email: rfrye@stjoeolney.com

MINISTRY TO THE SICK AND HOMEBOUND

There are various opportunities to become involved in visiting people in nursing homes or taking communion to individuals who are in nursing homes and homebound. Time commitment is 30 min - 1 hour one Sunday per month.

Contact Person: Jerry & Ann Harper
Telephone: (618) 302-1307
Email: annharper1948@gmail.com

PRO-LIFE

The function of the Pro-Life Committee includes four main areas:

1. Prayer - to promote respect for all stages of life.

2. Education - bulletin inserts, pamphlets about the Catholic teachings regarding conception of life, stem cell
research, and abortion. 

3. Compassion - through diocesan Project Rachel program for those who have had an abortion and need healing. 

4. Action - contacting Congress when life issues come up for vote in state and federal legislatures. (Postcard campaigns, taking part in the March for Life in Washington, D.C., local Birthright Walk and hotline services.)

 

RED CROSS BLOOD DRIVE

St. Joseph Parish hosts the Red Cross Blood Drive four times a year. Volunteers are needed to assist with registration, donation records, general assistance with blood donors, and cooks for refreshments after donation. Medical training is not a requirement. Time commitment is 2 hours, four times a year.

Contact Person: Stacy Steber
Telephone: 618-843-6780

 

SALAD BAR LUNCHEON

The Salad Bar Luncheon is held mid-to-late winter on a No School day before Lent starts. Meat is provided. Parishioners donate salads. Volunteers are always needed. A co-chair is also needed.

Contact Person: Joyce Brokhof
Telephone: 618-395-7661
Email: jbike10@hotmail.com

SISTER PARISH IN GUATEMALA

St. Joseph, in the town of El Progresso, of the diocese of Jalapa, Guatemala, is our sister parish. Our commitment to them is our prayers and financial assistance on the first Sunday of each month. A willingness to develop our relationship with them is needed. Perhaps someone with some working knowledge of Spanish would be helpful. Time commitment is very minimal.