Independent Organizations

 

A number of independent organizations regularly meet at St. Philip Neri, with these groups fostering various interests, including charity, fundraising, support networks for recovery, fraternity, social interaction and ethnic heritages.

 

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alpha Group

Italian American Club – York County

Knights of Columbus

Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians

Middle of the Road Group

Polish Group

Toastmasters

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

 

Alcoholics Anonymous is a support network of men and women who gather to share their experiences, tenacity and courage as they strive to maintain sobriety or recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is an individual’s desire to stop drinking. AA, which is not affiliated with any cause, institution, denomination, political persuasion or sect, does not collect dues or fees. Through the use of a 12-step program, the organization’s primary goal is that members stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. Additional information may be obtained at www.aa.org. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. every Friday in the Ministry Building.

 

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Alpha Group

 

The Alpha Group, a local chapter of Sexaholics Anonymous (SA), is a support network of men and women who gather to share their experiences, courage and perseverance as they strive to overcome sexual addiction and help others recover from sexual addiction or dependency. The only requirement for membership is an individual’s desire to stop sexual lusting and become sexually sober. SA, a recovery program that is not affiliated with any cause, institution, denomination, political persuasion or sect, does not collect dues or fees, but is self-supporting through their own contributions. Through the use of a 12-step program, the organization’s primary goal is that members stay sexually sober and help others to recover and achieve sexual sobriety. Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday in the Ministry Building. Additional information may be obtained at saa-recovery.org.

 

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Knights of Columbus

 

The Knights of Columbus, which was officially chartered as a fraternal benefits society in 1882, is an organization for Catholic men over the age of 18. From its beginnings, it has grown to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States and numerous other countries. The local council, known as the Bishop Denis J. O’Connell – Council 12366, is dedicated to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism. This council, which supports both the Catholic church and the community, provides breakfast with St. Nick in December, sponsors a golf tournament in June and offers a fish fry during Lent. Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month.

 

Contact: Rich Gagnon  |   803-984-6224   |  rgagnon@comporium.net

 

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Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians (LAOH)

 

This group, which is part of the nation’s oldest Irish Catholic fraternal organization, is open to all practicing Catholic women of Irish descent. Parishioners may also join if they are married to an Ancient Order of Hibernians member. The LAOH has extended an invitation to parishioners to join them to share the Irish Catholic heritage, and foster the ideals and perpetuate the history and traditions of the Irish people. The organization’s purpose is friendship, unity and “making a difference” through Christian charity. Meetings take place at 7:00 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the Ministry Building.

 

Contact: Margie Willis | 301.606.6568  |  margie.willis@outlook.com

 

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Middle of the Road Group

 

The Middle of the Road Group, a local chapter of Narcotics Anonymous (NA), is a support network of men and women who gather to share their experiences, determination and courage as they strive to overcome drug addiction and help others recover from addiction or dependancy. NA, which follows a 12-step recovery program, holds more than 58,000 meetings weekly in 131 countries. The only requirement for membership is an individual’s desire to pursue and maintain a drug-free lifestyle. Importantly, the program does not focus on a particular drug. NA, an organization that is not affiliated with any cause, denomination, political persuasion or sect, does not collect dues or fees. Additional information may be obtained from NA’s national organization at www.na.org, with local information provided at www.crna.org. Meetings are held weekly at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday and at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday in the Ministry Building.

 

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Polish Group

 

Members enjoy a variety of social gatherings where the traditions of the Polish heritage are embraced and celebrated. Monthly meetings are typically held on Sunday afternoons at 12:45 p.m. When appropriate, additional information will be provided in the church bulletin.

 

Contact: Kathy VanSlyke  |  803-802-7268  |  kathyvs939@yahoo.com

 

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Toastmasters

 

This organization provides parishioners with a place to learn and practice skills that will make them more effective in serving God, Church, family and our community. It focuses on maximizing communication and leadership skills. Meetings are held at 7:00 p.m. on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

 

Contact: Tim Gunnels | 803.548.9937 | timgunnels@gmail.com

 

 

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