Outreach / Volunteer Opportunities
Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic social teaching is a central and essential element of our faith. Its roots are in the Hebrew prophets who announced God’s special love for the poor and call God’s people to covenant of love and justice. It is a teaching founded on the life and words of Jesus Christ, who came “to bring glad tidings to the poor… liberty to captives…recovery of sight to the blind” (Lk 4:18-19), and who identified himself with the least of these,” the hungry and the stranger (Mt 25:45). Catholic social teaching is built on a commitment to the poor. This commitment arises from our experiences of Christ in the Eucharist.
Catholic Social Teaching is based on and inseparable from our understanding of human life and human dignity. Every human being is created in the image of God redeemed by Jesus Christ, and therefore is invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family. Every person, from the moment of conception to natural death, has inherent dignity and a right to life consistent with that dignity. Human dignity comes from God, not from any human quality or accomplishment. Sharing Catholic Social Teaching. Challenges and Directions U.S. Bishops, 1998.
Key Themes that are at the Heart of Catholic Social Teaching
- Life and Dignity of the Human Person
- Call to Family, Community, and Participation
- Rights and Responsibilities
- The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
- Care for God’s Creation for more information visit www.usccb.org
The following organizations are active through the church offices at 817.478.8206
The Blood Drive
Our parish hosts a biannual blood drive on the 1st Sunday in March and November. The drive is named for Ron Lopez, a member of our parish who during his life time organized and actively participated in the annual event. It will be announced in the bulletin the month before the event and you are encouraged to sign up in the church office.
In 1910, the Catholic Ladies Aid Society formed to address the needs of those living in poverty and to care for orphaned and abandoned children. Today, Catholic Charities continues those efforts serving approximately 110,000 in need each year, throughout North Texas. We serve people because of our faith, not theirs. The majority of the people served live in poverty. They are the most vulnerable among us, including children, families, elderly, immigrants and refugees. Catholic Charities offers help for today, hope for tomorrow and equal opportunity for all in the future. Catholic Charities serve those in need regardless of race, religion, disability or ethnicity.
For more information or to volunteer contact the church offices or look on line at www.catholiccharitiesfortworth.org
Clothes, Linens, Housewares Collection
“For I was…..naked and you clothed me…” Mt 25:35ff
Every first Sunday of the month, our parish has an opportunity to donate good wearable clothing (especially needed is children’s clothing) and basic household items to a local interdenominational help center called Hearts & Hands. This volunteer-run organization is based behind the Church of Christ on Davis and Six Flags Drive. The Churches of Christ support them as well as other denominations in our community. Catholic Charities refers those in need to them as well. At Hearts & Hands, those needing support can pick up food, clothing and basics for themselves and their families. Our parish is their main supplier of clothing and it is greatly appreciated.
Please bring any donations to our church administration building between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. the first Sunday of each month. Pick-up time is 1:30 p.m. The drop off point is to the right of the inside double glass office doors.
The Fort Worth Cursillo Center was founded in 1983 in response to the growing need for a local community. Since this formation people from all over the diocese have attended one of our weekends. These weekends are designed to draw people into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. They are offered in the spring and fall of each year, and are available in both Spanish and English. If you would like to learn more about participating in a weekend, please visit our website and contact one of the Pre-Cursillo Coordinators.
Cursillo Center (Map)
2221 NW 26th Street
Fort Worth TX, 76016
Contact: Rev. Francis X. Fernandez OFM Cap.
Director of The Cursillo Center
Cursillo Center website: http://www.ftworthcursillo.org/
Durable Medical Equipment
The DME project collects crutches, canes, walkers, wheelchairs, commodes and other durable medical equipment. These items are then loaned to people who need them. If you need an item or want to donate an item please contact: gro.ccpdvsnull@EMD
St. Vincent de Paul parish has a weekly food collection for the benefit of Arlington Charities. Please bring non-perishable canned food items and place them in one of the shopping carts located at each of the church entrances. This is an on going stewardship opportunity throughout the year.
Grace Ministry is a “care ministry’ in the parish for those who are on the Prayer of theFaithful list each week. We send appropriate greeting cards to the individuals and families and we pray for each one. The group meets every other Thursday at 9:30-10:30 a.m. in the Church office conference room. If you are interested in joining this compassionate ministry or you would like more information, please contact the Church office.
Communion for the Sick and Home-Bound (Hospital Ministry) See Ministry Opportunties for more information
Honduras – Call Letty, 817-800-0844, Ross 817-478-6101 or Elroy Leger, 817-478-9455. Mission Council – call Barbara Seeger, 817-460-1083.
The familiar Bible that chronicles Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem is relived every year at Christmas time in churches and homes all over the world. In Mexico each December, it actually comes to life once again, as Mary and Joseph long ago search for lodging is re-enacted for nine consecutive nights in the festive ritual of Las Posada, “Posada” means inn or lodging in Spanish. The idea of commemoration the holy family’s journey to Bethlehem can be traced back to St. Ignatius Loyola during the 16th century. He suggested a Christmas novena, or special prayer to be said on nine successive days.
Our Las Posadas celebration was started in 2002. Being a multi-culture community that we are, the idea of introducing this Mexican custom to the parish came about. The excitement grew as our parish family and friends were invited to participate. A large number of parishioners responded with a lot of enthusiasm and volunteered to help with their time, talent and treasure. The night of the celebration over 300 people gathered in the activity center. Through song, scripture and prayer, an abbreviated version of Las Posadas was re-enacted. A fun filled fiesta followed in the Great Room at the conclusion of the procession. While a delicious Mexican dinner was being served, a group of folkloric Mexican dancers in their beautiful colorful costumes dance to mariachi music and children swung as the candy filled piñatas. Volunteers are always needed. If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer call Ross Martinez at (817) 478-6101.
Meets Monday evenings at 7pm. Contact Paul or Marie at 817-274-0471
Noreen’s Nourishment Program
This program was organized by a parishioner who went through Cooks Children’s Hospital and saw a need to support the families in the children’s ward who need hot meals, snacks and deserts during their long visits. Every Sunday, volunteers prepare and donate meals, desserts and beverages to the front lobby of the Administration Building for other volunteers to deliver to the hospital. If you would like to make a donation, please make a donation any Sunday. If you would like to be a driver, please contact the church office.
Lord Jesus, your heart is moved with compassion when we are suffering, when we need your help, and when we pray for each other. From the Sacred Heard Novena prayer
The Prayer Chain is a ministry composed of people who firmly believe in the power of intercessory prayer. Requests for prayers should be emailed to the Prayer Chain at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you enjoy knitting or crocheting please consider joining the Prayer Shawl Ministry. Prayer shawls are made with yarn and prayers to bring God’s comfort to people who are suffering in body, mind or spirit. The prayer shawl is an embrace of prayer that serves as a tangible reminder of God’s constant love and presence that can bring healing to the heart. If you would like to receive a prayer shawl for yourself or know someone who would benefit from one, please contat the church office.
Prison Ministries serves the spiritual and religious needs of Catholic inmates in detention centers, county jails, federal and state prisons, as well as other inmates seeking to know about the Catholic faith and way of life. We provide this service through the chaplains and volunteers who minister in correctional facilities throughout our diocese.
“We are still a long way from the time when our conscience can be certain of having done everything possible to prevent crime and to control it effectively so that it no longer does harm and, at the same time, to offer to those who commit crimes a way of redeeming themselves and making a positive return to society. If all those in some way involved in the problem tried to…develop this line of thought, perhaps humanity as a whole could take a great step forward in creating a more serene and peaceful society.” – Pope John Paul II, July 9, 2000
If you are interested in training to become a Prison Minister or have an incarcerated friend or loved one please contact the church office.
The Pro-Life Committee serves to educate parishioners on issues that affect the dignity of every human life from conception to natural death. The committee sponsors Pro-Life Sunday in January and the Walk for Life in April as well as other programs. We hope to stand as a united community and answer the appeal made by John Paul II in The Gospel of Life, “…in the name of God: respect, protect, love and serve life, every human life.” (The Gospel of Life, no 5). For information contact the church office.
The Rosary Group
The Rosary Group meets on Tuesday evenings at 7 p.m.(Sept – May) in the chapel to pray the Rosary.
Spirit of Hope
The purpose of this program is to bring presents and Christmas cheer to 300 underprivileged children in the Arlington/Fort Worth area. The group solicits donations of toys and funds from parishioners and hosts a pre-Christmas party to hand out the gifts. Members of the Jr. and Sr. high school groups organize and empower the pre-party wrapping of gifts and individually attend to guests at the Christmas party.
Stephen Ministry is a confidential, lay-caring ministry grounded in Jesus’ command to love one another. Those who are hurting receive love and support through one-to-one caring relationships. The ministry is named after Stephen, one of the first deacons in the early Christian church, commissioned by the apostles to care for the needs of people in the Christian community.
Everyone goes through difficult times. Having someone to care, listen, and share God’s love with you can help you get through the confusion, stress, or loneliness you may be experiencing. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as
• Loss of a loved one to death, divorce or separation
• Hospitalization or terminal or chronic illness
• Loneliness or discouragement
• Spiritual crisis
• Unemployment or other job crisis
• Birth, adoption, miscarriage or infertility
• Recovery after an accident or disaster
… or otherwise needing emotional support and caring
A Stephen Minister is a member of the congregation selected, trained, and supervised by Stephen Leaders to provide effective Christian care. A Stephen Minister makes a commitment including 50 hours of training, ongoing supervisory meetings, and an average of one 1-hour visit per week with the person receiving care. Strict confidentiality is maintained. Stephen Ministers attend to the care giving process and leave the results to God.
A Stephen Minister will listen, care, pray, support, encourage and explore feelings. Stephen Ministers provide ongoing care for as long as it is needed. For more information or to become a Stephen Minister contact the church office.
St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers
The St. Joseph’s Covenant Keeper” is open to men who want to learn more about how their Catholic faith can help them become better dads. They meet on Saturday mornings in the chapel. For more information contact the church office at 817-478-8206
Society of St. Vincent de Paul – SVDP Conference
We are the friends of the poor serving those in need in southwest Arlington, Texas. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded in 1833 to bring concrete aid and comfort to those who are suffering and in need. Members of the society are known as “Vincentians”, and are volunteer lay Catholics of all ages and from all walks of life. The work of the society is done at the local level through groups known as Conferences. The work of the conference is not just a volunteer activity. It is a calling to help the needy and the suffering. If you are interested in joining, contact the church office? We will be happy to meet with you, and if it is a fit, to welcome you into our Conference.
How do we help? When we learn that a person or family needs help, we meet with them in their home with person-to-person contact to listen, offer humble advice, and render assistance. As much as possible we provide financial assistance with rent, utilities, food, car payments, insurance payments, gasoline, school clothes and supplies, prescription drugs, and any other pressings needs. We also provide referrals to other agencies that may be able to assist. All is strictly confidential
Who do we help? You do NOT need to be Catholic to get help or live within the boundaries of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.
If you are interested in joining, contact the church office. We will be happy to meet wtih you, and if it is a fit, to welcome you into our Conference. www.svdpconference.com
The Ulster Project is dedicated to promoting a peaceful parity of esteem between Roman Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland, by building tolerance, trust and ongoing positive relationships among potential leaders from these Christian traditions. Each summer, 16 teens from Northern Ireland are matched up with 16 teens from Arlington. These 32 youth and their families spend an intensive month together that includes Ecumenical Services, community service Ropes Course, and a lot of fun-filled activities. The youth will also attend one Protestant and one Catholic Service.
St. Vincent de Paul parishioners were instrumental in getting the Arlington Ulster Project started. We continue to support this very special annual event with living quarters, meals and transportation. If you can help contact the church office. For more information go to www.upatx.com.
Vocation Awareness Committee
Contact the Diocese Vocation office at 817-560-3300 or contact Deacon Charles Castleberry at 817-478-8206 ext. 207.