Outreach: Service, Evangelization, Social Justice

The Outreach Commission coordinates the ministries of pastoral care, social services, peace and justice and evangelization.  Its scope includes outreach to both the parish membership and the larger community, either in the neighborhood or beyond.  The Outreach Commission coordinates the following subcommittees:  Pastoral Care, Social Services, Peace and Justice and Inactive Catholics.

To get involved in any of these ministries, or to learn how we can help you call the Social Ministry Office or view our "How Can We Help You?" page on the parish web site.

 


Bereavement

This committee provides various services to families who have experienced a loss of a loved one.  They can provide such services as babysitting during visiting hours at the funeral home and funeral liturgy.  The committee can also serve luncheons in Athanasian Hall after the funeral liturgy.  Bereavement sessions are held each fall and spring for six evenings.  Those who lost loved ones are invited to attend.

 

Evangelization

The Evangelization Team reaches out to inactive Catholics through a program called Awakening Faith.  It's for those who have been away from Mass, or are drifting away.  We are calling Catholics who feel hurt by the church, or are angry or confused.

 

Ladies of Charity

The Ladies of Charity visit shut-ins in nursing homes, make calls to shut-ins, help families that may be in need of rides to church or to doctors, make meals for people returning home from the hospital, and visit the bereaved at funeral homes.  We have an anointing Mass for the sick twice a year.  We sponsor the giving tree for parish members in need and also help with other community projects.

 

Prayer Line/ Rosary

Daily prayers are offered for the intentions of those who call the prayer line.  The privacy of those calling is respected.

 

Respect Life

The Respect Life Program creates and sustains respect for human life at every stage of its existence and in every situation from conception until natural death.  They sponsor the bus trip to Washington DC in January for the March for Life.  They hold an annual flower sale with the proceeds donated to organizations that offer supportive services to homeless women, children, and pregnant women.  They focus on such issues as abortion, war, the death penalty, euthanasia, elder abuse, poverty and racism.

 

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St Athanasius Parish works together with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of PittsburghClick here to learn about the many good works of the St. Vincent de Paul Society in PIttsburgh. Click here to learn more about the work of the Society at St. Athanasius.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul was founded in Paris, France on April 23, 1833 by a group of laymen headed by Frederick Ozanam, who named St. Vincent de Paul as the patron of the group.

The Society is a lay organization inspired by the Gospels.  The Society leads women and men to spiritual growth through person-to-person service to those in need.  St. Vincent witnessed God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice.

 

 

Divorced/Separated

Our Outreach Ministry assists the separated and divorced in dealing with the emotional, financial, legal, religious, and spiritual issues that often arise - providing knowledgeable and caring support.

We are seeking volunteers who have experience with divorce, counseling, listening, legal matters.

 

For more information view our Divorced/Separated page.

 

 

Social Justice and Aid To the Poor

Our Outreach ministry also conducts collections to benefit the poor and raises consciousness about Social Justice Issues.

 

Day of Service

St. A's schedules a Day of Service 2 or 3 times each year.

What Happens on the Day of Service?  Participants in the Day of Service pray together and then provide lawn work and maintenance assistance for elderly neighbors of the parish, along with various type of service as needed for the parish (such as moving items, hand delivering items, etc).

 

Get Involved

 

 

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