Community/ Outreach

Bereavement Support Ministry, the Bereavement Support Ministry offers friendship and understanding to families who have experienced the death of a loved one. Navigating life after a time of loss can be overwhelming. By serving others, while sharing their loss, we offer ongoing support during their most difficult of times.

We are focusing our efforts in order to reach out to those persons within our parish community who have experienced the death of a dear one. In particular those who have experienced a recent loss.

In our society we have come to believe that self-control is a sign of strength. The truth is that controlling our feelings at all cost can sometimes bring about overwhelming stress and illness resulting in mental and physical health issues. Self-acceptance of ourselves and our expression to the range of feelings, thoughts, moods and reactions to the pain of our loss during our grief journey helps in our path to recovery.

Contact:   Jim Guttman at jmguttmann2@aol.com  or (919)592-8468

 

Caring Hearts,  Caring Hearts Hospitality is a group of compassionate volunteers who respond to the immediate needs of families who have lost a loved one. Assistance is offered to the family of the deceased in the way of food, funeral reception arrangements, or other immediate needs. 

Contact:  Sherry Vo at vos@stpaulcatholic.net or (251)689-2004

Feed My Sheep, feed My Sheep is a vibrant and active St. Paul Parish outreach ministry that provides nutritious hot meals for the homeless primarily through the Alfred-Washburn Center in Pensacola. Volunteers in this active ministry "live" Christ's love through their ministry to and for the "least of His brethren" among us.

Contact:  Carol Huebner at huebner11@cox.net  or (850)435-9396

Jail Ministry,

The St. Paul Jail Ministry ministers to those who are imprisoned and affirm that human dignity still accrues to prisoners. They have rights but also responsibilities for their crimes.

Then the king will say to those on his right, "Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me." 

Contact: Carol Jutras at (850)525-7941

 

 

Respect Life, the mission of the St. Paul Respect Life ministry is to educate the parish and community about the Catholic perspective on life issues; to provide community support for the unborn and those whose fundamental right to life is threatened; and to create a prayerful and respectful environment where life is cherished and valued. As in all things, these will be accomplished through the ever present Grace of God.

Contact:  please call Parish Office at (850)434-2551 to find out how to get involved in this ministry

RCIA, being Catholic is not just being a member of the Catholic Church, but also seeing and living in the world from the Catholic perspective...a perspective that comes in a direct line from Jesus, through His Apostles and His Church, to us today! Our program is aimed primarily at those adults who have never been baptized into any Christian denomination, we invite anyone who has an interest in the Catholic faith from any Christian background as well. Our purpose is to present all things Catholic in an inviting atmosphere with no pressure.

Contact: Deacon Whibbs at (850)382-1017 or rcia@stpaulcatholic.net

Shut-in Ministryfor those people who cannot attend Mass on Sunday or Holy Days because of illness are still very much a part of our Parish Community. Parish priests, deacons and special ministers bring Holy Communion regularly to area hospitals, nursing homes and shut-ins at home. If you or someone you know has such a need, call the rectory and inform the secretary.

Contact: Carmen Guttmann, jmguttmann2@aol.com or (919)412-2280

Welcoming Ministry, the Welcoming Ministry is a dedicated group who follow up with new parishioners after receiving registration information.  They greet new members with a call and email follow-up and offer assistance and information about the parish.

Contact: Kathy Parish at jantoo@cox.net  or (850)478-7336

Wise Woman Ministry,  This ministry at St. Paul’s is for young married women who are invited to join older married women to learn together how to build our homes on the foundation of the Gospel. Monthly meetings during the school year will offer practical tips, support and encouragement in married life.  Meetings will be informal & comfortable in the homes of older women and will last approximately 2 hours. Some of the topics include business of marriage vs the fun, personal conflict resolution, intimacy in marriage, practical tips in marriage communication, and parenting.

Contact:  Pat Lovett at franklovettjr@gmail.com  or (850)384-8091

Our Diocese has Victim Assistance Coordinators who are trained counselors and available to help anyone sexually abused by a priest, deacon, or other church or school personnel.  At St. Paul Catholic Church, we have great concern, and hold in high regard, those who have suffered sexual abuse especially at the hands of the Church, including our Catholic Schools.  Click here for more information.

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