The OUTREACH MINISTRY is made possible through the generosity of time and talent of the members of St. Francis. Contact Sr. Noella 9616-392-6700, ext 114 or firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer for any of the following opportunities to actively live as a disciple of Jesus in the Catholic tradition.
Christmas Giving Tree and Food "Baskets": About 12 volunteers make the gift tags for the giving tree and inventory the gifts. Other volunteers sort and pack Christmas food baskets and add the gifts for pickup by families who signed up at Thanksgiving. Many parishioners participate by buying gifts. Students at Corpus Christi and parishioners bring in food donations. Volunteers do other food shopping as needed.
Feeding America West Michigan: There's a team of 6 individuals and couples who volunteer transporting this food from the Macatawa Resource Center (drop off location) on 136th to St. Vincent Center at 13th and Maple. With this many volunteers they're responsible for two turns a year usually.
Habitat for Humanity: St. Francis is involved in a church unity build. Tom Bouman is chairperson and volunteers for construction sign up after Masses in late spring or early summer
Jail/Prison Ministry: This is a ministry to some of the most marginalized people in our society. Individuals are trained through the Diocesan Office for ministry at the local juvenile detention center or prisons in the diocese. Contact Jude Acheson at 616-475-1255 or email@example.com for more information. Para mas informacion, llame por favor a Jude Acheson al 616-475-1255 or por email a firstname.lastname@example.org Once diocesan training is finished Sr. Noella is the contact in the parish. Another separate option for this ministry can be advocacy for judicial and law enforcement reform; this is still in the works. Volunteers who minister in the jails can participate in pastoral trainings and retreats given in the parish under the leadership of Tom Eggleston, Pastoral Associate.
Kids Food Basket:This is a ministry that can happen at Kids Food Basket in rented space at Peace Lutheran Church, or in our parish kitchen with these pictured below, or in your home. There's more info on the Kids Food Basket tab. This is also a ministry in which almost anyone can participate.
Red Cross Blood Drive: Between 6 & 8 volunteers are needed in the spring
Refugee Cosponsorship: This is a new ministry in partnership with Bethany Christian Services. Years ago the parish sponsored refugees from Vietnam and from Bosnia. At present we don't know what country our refugee family will be coming from. After a parish meeting on Thursday, May 19, 2016 and organizing volunteer teams around English tutoring, driving to appointments, and simply assisting a family in acculturating - then by mid summer we hope to have a family here. Pope Francis has recently taken in 3 refugee families and has called on all Catholic parishes to do the same. Contact Sr. Noella to be part of this exciting walk with Jesus.
Shopping for St. Vincent Center: About 16 people (on a rotational basis) assist with the weekly restocking of the Center
St. Vincent de Paul Center: Staffed by regular volunteers and others(e.g. Hope College Phelps Scholars and Confirmation candidates needing service hours)
Thanksgiving Food ‘Baskets’: Weeks of preparation by approximately 50 volunteers who shop for the food that's needed
Voter Registration: On Sept. 24-25, 3016 after Masses 12 people were registered to vote in the upcoming national and local elections. Registration forms were available in English and in Spanish.
Year Round Holiday Preparation: Between 4 & 6 folks are needed