4633 Shiloh Road Cumming, GA 30040 Saturday Vigil: 5:00 pm & 7:00 pm (in Spanish); Sunday: 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 10:40 am, 12:20 p.m., 1:40 pm (in Spanish), 5:00 pm


Community Outreach and Social Justice


The Mission of the Community Outreach and Social Justice Commission is to reach out and extend support with the heart of Jesus Christ to all those who are burdened by material, emotional, health, or other needs.  Based on our Church’s call to practice charity and social justice, we will focus on supporting all our parishioners, irrespective of their cultural or socio-economic backgrounds, our civic community, and our other faith communities so that all may experience the fullness of life that Jesus promised.

Bereavement Ministry
Career Transition Ministry
Community Garden
Divorced Catholics
Funeral Reception Committee
HaitiReach
Health and Wellness Ministry
Good Samaritan Emergency Assistance
Meals on Wheels
Nursing Home Volunteers
Open Arms
Our Family Program
Prison Ministry – Kairos
Respect Life
St. Joseph Food Pantry
Stephen Ministry

 


Bereavement Ministry


Purpose
To offer caring support and grief education to persons who have experienced bereavement due to the death of a significant person in their lives.

Responsibilities

  • Volunteer Grief Writers to send quarterly notes or cards offering caring support and prayerful remembrance to families at St. Brendan’s parish who have had the death of a significant person
  • Offers Good Grief Support sessions in the spring and fall to provide caring support and grief education
  • Support our parish in setting up activities for those dealing with grief and bereavement

Helpful Attributes  
Compassionate, caring, listening and communication skills

Training & Time Commitment

  • Volunteer Grief Writers meet with ministry leaders to discuss sending notes or cards
  • New facilitators must have completed a grief education program plus meet with ministry leaders to be oriented to facilitator training

 

Career Transition Ministry


Purpose
To assist people going through a job transition by supporting them and teaching them the skills they need to know on how to conduct and effective job search.

Responsibilities
Volunteers provide assistance on an individual and a group basis, “walking with” and coaching clients in a practical and spiritual setting.

Helpful Attributes
A willingness to help and encourage people and a willingness to listen.

Training & Time Commitment
The parish provides any necessary training and the group meets twice monthly.

 

Community Garden


Purpose
In faithful partnership with God and one another, the St. Brendan’s Garden Ministry is an agent of Christian hospitality and sharing.  Our purpose is to supplement the St. Joseph’s Food Pantry by growing fresh produce for those in need.  In addition, there is an opportunity for learning and community involvement.

Responsibilities
Volunteers plan, plant, harvest, and maintain the garden in an environmental and sustainable way.  All produce harvested is organized and set out weekly for distribution by the Food Pantry.  Home gardeners are also encouraged to bring any excess produce to the Food Pantry.

Helpful Attributes
A love for the earth and a willingness to share, learn, and “dig in”.

Training & Time Commitment
No experience is necessary—there are coaches to guide and instruct.  Any amount of time, talent, or treasure is welcome.

Click HERE to get involved in our Community Garden.

For Spanish speakers, click HERE to get involved.

Divorced Catholics


Purpose
Our purpose is to spread the truth of our Catholic Faith to as many separated or divorced Catholics as possible and help them to understand that this faith, given to us by Jesus Christ, is the pathway to hope, healing and renewal. We want to help get you started–and keep you going–on this path by providing you with programs, information, resources, and encouragement.

Responsibilities
Allow Christ to walk with you as you rediscover His healing and rejuvenating power through the wisdom, richness, and truth of your Catholic faith. Attend programs that engage you providing a pathway, offering peace through living in the mercy and truth of our faith. A support team is available to any divorced/separated member of the parish to listen, guide and support through this traumatic circumstance.

Helpful Attributes:
Participant have a willingness to find life after divorce that is meaningful and fulfilling, when living in full communion with the Church. Additionally, if you have a sincere desire to minister to people who are suffering in this way and desire to give back to the Church, then this is the ministry for you!

Training, Time and Commitment:
Time commitment is flexible as the programs and retreats vary. If you are interested in being a facilitator, training will be provided in the Journey of Hope program.  You will be given the knowledge of Church teaching regarding the sensitive areas involving divorce and separation.

 

Funeral Reception Committee


Purpose
Providing meals in the social hall of the Church after funeral Masses.

 

Responsibilities              
The committee will contact family, set up the reception, prepare the meal, serve the meal, clean up, and being available to guests during the reception.

Helpful Attributes          
Flexibility in schedule

Training & Time Commitment
No training necessary; time commitment varies with number of funerals.

 

HaitiReach


Purpose
We are focused on creating a lasting sister parish relationship between Saint Brendan Catholic Church and Our Lady of Fatima in Bassin-Zim, Haiti.  We work hard to develop a mutual and enriching relationship of sharing, solidarity, and understanding, resulting in sustainable programs, resources, and friendship.

Responsibilities
This spans the spectrum from individual input to project leadership/management.

Helpful Attributes
A willing heart with a desire to help others, open-mindedness, an interest in relationship building and global solidarity.

Training & Time Commitment
The training is in the doing.   The group meets for approximately two hours each month.

To see the latest regarding this ministry please visit the HaitiReach website.

 

Health and Wellness Ministry


Purpose

 

  • To encourage healthy living in body, mind and spirit
  • To offer health and wellness education and information

Responsibilities

  • Offer health and wellness related education and information through annual health fairs and ministry fairs
  • Organize blood drives, offer flu vaccines, etc.

Helpful Attributes
Caring nature

Training & Time Commitment
Anyone interested in helping with health and wellness ministry is welcome and appreciated.
Volunteer times are usually before and after Mass on Saturdays and Sundays.  Committee meetings are held periodically.

 

Good Samaritan Emergency Assistance


Emergency Assistance Hotline: 770-205-2324

Purpose
Good Samaritan Emergency Assistance is St. Brendan’s parish outreach to serve the poor and needy in our church and neighborhood.  Its emphasis is serving people in need with a person-to-person approach.

Responsibilities
This ministry provides financial and social service resources to persons in need who contact us on our St. Brendan Hotline or are referred to us by St. Vincent de Paul or other agencies.  Volunteers also organize parish-wide community service projects such as food drives, coat drives, Operation Duffle Bag to assist children in need, Meals on Wheels, and the Christmas Giving Tree program.

Helpful Attributes
Wanting to help those in need within the parish and community.

Training & Time Commitment

  • Regular meetings once per month
  • Volunteers determine how much time to commit

 

Meals on Wheels


Purpose
Delivers hot meals, love, friendship, and compassion to seniors and shut-in residents of Forsyth County.

Responsibilities              
Deliver one meal a month during the week.

Helpful Attributes
Patience and compassion

Training & Time Commitment
Delivering meals takes about 1 1/2 hours each week.  The group also meets once a year at the Forsyth Senior Center to review rules.

 

Nursing Home Volunteers


Purpose

 

  • Pray, sing, and provide company for residents at local Nursing Homes
  • Also known as the Rosary Ministry

Responsibilities              

  • Weekly recitation of the Rosary, sing hymns, listen and share stories with those residents who can communicate with the volunteers
  • Help is needed with a special Christmas giving party each December

Helpful Attributes
A kind heart toward the elderly.

Training & Time Commitment
No special training necessary.

 

Open Arms


Purpose
Our caring volunteers touch the lives of fellow parishioners in many ways and provide an extended family to fellow parishioners by helping out in any and all ways.

Responsibilities
Volunteers offer a variety of help in any of the following areas: Meals for Moms which prepares meals for new moms and their families, Supper for the Sick which prepares meals for sick or recovering parishioners, Babysitting Break to temporarily provide childcare for parishioners, and Run-Around Relief which provides occasional transportation for parishioners to doctor’s appointments or to run errands for parishioners in need.

Helpful Attributes
People who love to help others, have a caring heart, willing to donate a little bit of time for others in need will find Open Arms a blessing in their life – volunteers will receive more than they give.

Training & Time Commitment

  • No training is required and no scheduled meetings
  • Commitment is determined by each volunteer and how much time they have to offer
  • Most requests are emailed to volunteers, and the volunteer can then decide if the request is something where they can provide assistance

 

Our Family Program


Purpose
The Our Family Program is a Social Justice and Outreach Ministry which helps Latino families become a more integral part of our parish and our civic community.

Responsibilities
A key goal of the Our Family Program is to educate Latinas and through English Language classes, life skills instruction, and cultural exchange to better prepare them to function in American culture.  The program provides classroom and computer-aided instruction in English.  Qualified volunteer teachers instruct all classes. Classroom volunteers assist students in understanding lessons.  Each student has a volunteer mentor, a bilingual woman who acts as a “Big Sister.”  Mentors build relationships with students and encourage their progress. Life skills are taught each month.  Cultural exchanges, Fiestas, are held for American and Hispanic holidays.  Volunteers maintain and beautify the Learning Center where classes are held.  Students and volunteers support and cooperate with our pastor in the development of parish initiatives.

Helpful Attributes
Teaching, mentoring, classroom volunteering, social events coordination, building maintenance, concern and caring for immigrant families.

Training & Time Commitment

  • Volunteer Orientation (2.0 Hours)
  • Two three-hour classes per week, homework, weekly three-hour life skills or tutorial sessions on Fridays and special social and cultural events throughout the year

 

Prison Ministry – Kairos


Purpose

  • To assure that area prison and jail inmates may know the love and mercy of Jesus through us
  • The core activity is being done by Kairos Ministries at the state prisons

Responsibilities

  • To support the Kairos Prison Ministry at selected state prisons with prayer, volunteers, sponsorships, and providing meeting space at our church
  • To increase access to the Sacraments for the inmates at Forsyth County jail

Helpful Attributes

  • A desire to serve those in prison
  • Having completed a Cursillo weekend is desirable

Training & Time Commitment
Kairos volunteers are required to attend Department of Corrections badge training (about a six-hour session.)  Training is provided at team formation meetings before the Kairos weekend at the prison.  This ministry also involves about 40 hours of team meetings and a Thursday night through Sunday afternoon weekend twice a year.  Volunteers are asked to commit to a year of monthly follow-up meetings at the prison (about 96 hours total.)

Requirements
You cannot be on the visitors list for an inmate in the prison at which you wish to work.  Those with any criminal record require permission from the Warden of the prison prior to working there.

 

Respect Life


Purpose

 

  • To promote awareness and participate in activities regarding Respect Life issues under the guidelines of the Archdiocese of Atlanta
  • Sponsors and conducts pro-life activities, which can include educational programs, support to pregnancy counseling groups, and grassroots legislative action

Responsibilities
Members of the ministry vote on what “work” or activity will be performed by the group either at the Parish level or the Archdiocese level and then proceed to delegate responsibilities to ensure the completion of the work or activity.

Helpful Attributes
Commitment and care for life

Training & Time Commitment
There is no training or experience required, all are welcome.

 

St. Joseph’s Food Pantry


Purpose
To serve the hungry in our community with a caring spirit and respect for their dignity –
“Lord, when did we see you hungry, and feed you …  “

Responsibilities
St. Joseph Food Pantry has many volunteers, divided into teams with specific responsibilities.  The inventory team works on Monday adding new food donations to the pantry shelves.  Items are processed by marking bar codes, sorting by item and expiration date.  Many of the parish youth are involved in working in the Food Pantry and organizing food drives.  On Wednesday, the assembly team fills recyclable grocery bags for client distribution.  The shopping team coordinates with inventory to shop weekly for needed items.  The Food Pantry also has a client registration team that includes a bilingual person, financial and data input leaders as well as volunteer and visiting group coordinators.

Helpful Attributes
Our volunteers share a common goal …  to provide a welcoming environment, a friendly smile, and a word of encouragement.

Training & Time Commitment
Pantry volunteers get “on the job” training by coming to the pantry on either Monday morning for inventory (9-11), Wednesday afternoon either shift for assembly & distribution (4-5:30 or 5:30-6:45) or Friday (12-1) for Our Family distribution.  The pantry uses a Google calendar for the convenience of our volunteers.  Volunteering at St. Joseph Food Pantry can be a rewarding and fun experience and a wonderful way for our youth to learn about serving others.

Distribution Times
Wednesdays, 4:30-6:00pm

Stephen Ministry


Purpose

 

  • Program equips laypersons to provide distinctively Christian care to those who are experiencing all kinds of life needs and circumstances, including the death of a loved one, or any other crisis that needs assistance to make it through a difficult time
  • Services extend to the congregation and community

Responsibilities
To meet care receiver one-on-one to provide spiritual support in a confidential nature.

Helpful Attributes
Being a good listener

Training & Time Commitment
Fifty hours of training
Two-year commitment