Outreach

 

“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, and in prison and you visited me.”

 

Matthew 25:35

 

Since the Parish was founded in 1993, a number of organizations have been established at St. Philip Neri to help those in need, wherever there difficulties may lie. Help is always needed, and we gratefully welcome parishioners to become involved so as to support the many outreach programs that serve both our fellow parishioners and the citizens of our local community.

 

 

 

Bereavement Support

 

This ministry, which assists families that are grieving after the death of a loved one, offers empathy and consolation through a variety of activities. Members send cards, make calls and visits, host the Annual All Soul’s Day Mass, and ensure the availability of the Parish’s Book of the Names of the Dead. This ministry, which offers a special remembrance on both Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, also occasionally sponsors grief support groups.

 

Contact:  Bob & Martha Went  |  980.225.5997  |  marthawent@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

Cancer Ministry

 

The goal of St. Philip Neri’s cancer ministry is to provide spiritual, emotional and practical support to parishioners who are either a current cancer patient, a caregiver for a cancer patient or grieving from a loss due to cancer. Services include, among others, transportation, handyman services, one-on-one partners, and a card and prayer ministry. All services, which are completely confidential, are provided free of charge. Volunteers are encouraged to participate as much or as little as they desire. This ministry’s mission is based on the bible verse from Romans 12:12-13: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”

 

Contact:  Mary Rapp  |  803.327.7705  |  mmckelvey@comporium.net

 

 

 

Careers in Transition

 

Careers in transition is a mentoring and networking group for people who are in transition with their professional career. CIT offers support, encouragement, advice, skill building and networking opportunities through guest speakers and mentors who have career search experience and expertise. CIT meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month at 7:00 p.m. in Room A in the church basement.

 

Contacts:

 

Tony Armeni  |  803.412.6955 |  Scarmeni@comporium.net

 

Bob Gesell  |  803.415.5867  |   bobgesell@comporium.net

 

 

 

Funeral Ministry

 

The members of this ministry, who extend aid to the family and friends of deceased parishioners, coordinate meals and refreshments for usage after funeral Masses at St. Philip Neri. The Parish typically has three teams of two individuals that take on the responsibility of calling on volunteers to ask them to prepare food and deliver it to the church for use after a funeral service. Members are also responsible for setting up prior to the luncheon, serving the funeral attendees and cleaning up after the meal.

 

Coordinator of Volunteers:  Jenny Funk  |  803.548.7282 Ext. 229  |  spnvolunteer@comporium.net

 

 

 

Home & Hospital Visitations

 

This ministry tends to the sick, by visiting parishioners that are homebound, in the hospital, or in a nursing home. While making visits, they also take the Holy Eucharist to those who cannot attend Mass. As Eucharistic Ministers, each member involved is bound, in good conscience, to live out their Baptismal promise to take Christ to others, and to be responsive to this very important work of corporal mercy, visiting the sick. Regular meetings are not held, but are scheduled when necessary. Training and orientation is required.

 

Contact – Parish Administrative Assistant:

Maria Cordova | 803.548.7282  Ext. 225 | stphilipneri@comporium.net

 

 

 

 

Hospitality

 

The Hospitality Committee welcomes parishioners by serving refreshments after Masses on Hospitality Sunday and at Newcomers’ Luncheons. Members also serve during other Parish events, including at the Easter Sunrise Breakfast, Confirmation receptions, and the Parish anniversary celebration.

 

Contacts: Judy Jones  | 803.548.5798  |  jajrjones@comporium.net

 

 

 

 

Legion of Mary

 

The Legion, with the approval and discretion of the pastor, works under the sanction of the Church and the powerful leadership of Mary Immaculate. The ministry seeks the glorification of God and the sanctification of its members through prayer and good works. The Legion of Mary extends an invitation to all parishioners to benefit from several spiritual activities, with these programs detailed under the website’s Spiritual Resources section. The Legion of Mary meets every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. in Room 213 of the Ministry Building.

 

Contact:  Marie Lamparter  |  803.746.5198

 

 

 

Martha’s Meals

 

This ministry, which has served over 4,000 meals over the last five years, is devoted to providing lunches on Saturday mornings to shut-ins in the local community. Two groups, the cooks and the drivers, undertake this cause on a weekly basis. Cooks prepare the meals in the church kitchen, with drivers paired in twos for each individual delivery route. Members, who take part during one Saturday a month, are scheduled on a rotating basis. In addition, other volunteers are sought to provide freshly-baked cookies, which are a welcome addition to the delicious meals that are prepared.

 

Contact (Meals):  Jim Norton  |  803.396.2684  |  JMNorton4@comporium.net

 

Contact (Cookies):  Tricia Kuhlkin  |  803.493.0299  |  tkuhlkin@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Office Volunteers

 

This ministry is available to anyone who is willing to assist, as needed, in the Parish Office on weekdays from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. or on Sunday in the church from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Responsibilities include answering the phone, responding to general questions from parishioners, and fulfilling small office-oriented tasks. No experience is necessary, with full training provided. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotating basis.

 

Parish Administrative Assistant:

Maria Cordova | 803.548.7282  Ext. 225 | stphilipneri@comporium.net

 

 

 

Pilgrim’s Inn Open Arms Daycare Lunches

 

This ministry is devoted to providing week day lunches for children that attend the Pilgrim’s Inn Open Arms Daycare for Homeless Children in Rock Hill, SC. The prepared meals, which must be made in the Parish Center kitchen, are then delivered to Pilgrim’s Inn after preparation. Volunteers are needed to prepare and deliver meals during one morning per month. The time commitment ranges from 9:30 a.m. to approximately 11:30 a.m. Pilgrim’s Inn provides a safe, nurturing environment for low-income children who have been in crisis. This organization, which has been providing advocacy and assistance to anyone in need at no charge for over 25 years, offers five core program areas, including day care, emergency assistance, a homeless shelter, counseling and transitional housing. A truly innovative program, Open Arms was one of the first, and is presently one of the few licensed care centers in South Carolina that serve homeless and low-income families.

 

Contact:  Betty Adams  |  803.548.2875  |  betormrk@comporium.net

 

 

 

 

Prayer Shawl Ministry

 

This ministry is offered for parishioners who enjoy knitting, crocheting, and prayer. Members make prayer shawls for distribution to our parishioners, Rachel’s Vineyard retreatants, and others in the community who need a message of love and the comfort of extra prayers. The group meets from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m on the first Thursday of each month in Room 103 of the Ministry Building.

 

Contact:  Kathie Fennell  |  kfennell@comporium.net

 

 

 

Red Cross Blood Drive

 

A Red Cross Blood Drive is conducted on a quarterly basis, usually on a Wednesday, in the Parish Center. These drives provide members of the community the opportunity to donate the “Gift of Life.” Signup sheets are typically available after all masses for two weeks prior to a planned blood drive. Volunteers are also needed to bake cookies, with the treats greatly appreciated by blood donors. Cookie bakers are asked to take cookies to the church kitchen on the day of the bloodmobile. When appropriate, details are provided in the bulletin.

 

Contact – Parish Administrative Assistant:

Maria Cordova | 803.548.7282  Ext. 225 | stphilipneri@comporium.net

 

 

 

Respect Life/Gabriel Project

 

This ministry, open to all members of the Parish, promotes awareness of the needs of those individuals whose lives are at risk of loss of life, respect and honor. This mission is accomplished through prayer, financial support and fundraising.

 

Contact:  Christy Brown  |  803.548.4817  |  gbotu4ever@yahoo.com

 

 

 

 

St. Vincent DePaul Society

 

Adult parishioners that wish to live their faith by loving and serving their neighbors are invited to join this ministry. Members, which grow spiritually during participation in the organization’s efforts, recognize that their blessings should be shared with the community’s brothers and sisters that are in need. They provide financial, spiritual, and emotional assistance to needy, aged and/or lonely individuals or families that are facing a desperate situation or crisis. All work is done on a confidential basis and in a manner that upholds the dignity of those in need. Meetings are held on the second and last Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

 

Contact:  Betsy Humphrey  |  803.802.0883  |  betslob53@aol.com

Saint Philip Neri Catholic Church - 292 Munn Road East ·  Fort Mill, SC 29715 ·  Phone: 803-548-7282 ·  Fax: 803-547-2999