Community Outreach

 

Community Outreach

Community Outreach at St. Peter is an effort to extend charity and good will, assistance and services to the community beyond our parish membership. There are many ways to get involved in this work at St. Peter. To get involved in any of these community outreach programs, contact the ministry leader listed for more information.

 

Beyond Housing

St. Peter Beyond Housing Ministry supports Beyond Housing (www.beyondhousing.org), a local non-profit that provides a wide range of services to at-risk families throughout the Greater St. Louis area with a focus on stabilizing homes and neighborhoods.  Parishioners have the opportunity to help with hands on activities like home/yard cleanup and maintenance, as well as providing financial and in-kind support such as adopting a family at Christmas.  Involvement can range from volunteering for the oversight committee to giving a day or two to help with a home repair project or community activity.  Our ministry provides a great opportunity to get involved and make a difference in the lives of families in our greater community.

For more information, contact. Peggy Langford 420-4381 jlangf4206@aol.com or Kay Hagan 276-6057 mkayhagan@sbcglobal.net


Beyond Housing
 

Blood Donor Program

Precious Blood. Jesus sanctified forever the enduring image of His Blood, shed for us in the greatest example of lover ever known. When we donate a pint of blood, we offer a very personal, life-giving gift to another, usually anonymous, person. Parish volunteers assist with making appointments and serving refreshments in the canteen. Blood drives are held four times per year. All parishioners, including high school and college-aged students, are welcome.

For more information, contact Charles Lucier at 314-304-1226 or email clucier@sbcglobal.net.

Blood Donor Program
 

Fostering Faithful Families

Fostering Faithful Families is a collaboration with six faith-based agencies and local churches to do everything we can to meet this great need in our area.

For more information, contact Theresa Williams at 314-835-1690 or email theresaw@ohfm.org.

Fostering Faithful Families 

Giving Tree

The Giving Tree is in the Gathering Space in church from the day before Thanksgiving until the middle of December. Please take a paper ornament & return your unwrapped gift by the date listed in the Bulletin. (Usually mid December).

For more information, contact John & Gerri Meesey at 314-965-0592 or email gerrimeesey@sbcglobal.net.

Giving Tree
 

KirkCare

Living the Gospel has always challenged Christians to offer spiritual gifts and practical assistance to all those in need of God’s mercy and love. We show our love for God and our neighbors in important practical service programs committed to helping the poor in our community. KirkCare is an inter-denominational charitable organization in Kirkwood that provides emergency short-term assistance to those in need of food, shelter and utility bill payments.

KirkCare serves people within the Kirkwood R-7 School District boundaries. The annual Christmas food drive is only one of the organization’s important services. Volunteers are also needed for the year-round food deliveries made every day during daylight hours. These volunteers count, pack and deliver food to homes of people in need. High school and college-aged students are welcome to assist with both the daily food deliveries and the food drives. Kirk Care - 314-965-0406, www.kirkcare.org.  


Kirk Care 

Knights of Columbus

The Knights of Columbus are a Catholic, family, fraternal organization. Knights are Catholic men, 18 years of age and older, who are committed to making their community a better place to live. Being a Knight is more than camaraderie. It is being involved in our community, it is supporting our Church, which enhances our own Faith, it is about protecting and enhancing family values. Our various programs including the Tootsie Roll Drive for Cardinal Glennon Hospital, our Religious Information Program, our Youth Programs and our Pro-Life involvement help us in achieving these goals. Regular meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month in the rectory basement.

For more information contact Tom Foy at 314-821-0697.
 

Pastoral Visitors of the Sick

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave his disciples a spiritual blueprint on how to live a life of love and service to God and our neighbor. Christ told us that when we visit and comfort the sick, we would also be serving Him. The Pastoral Visitors in St. Peter Parish live Stewardship by visiting and praying with parishioners in long term care and assisted living facilities, as well as those recently discharged to rehabilitation facilities. Members bring these parishioners the comfort and compassion of Our Lord and continue His loving ministry today.

For more information contact Kay Komotos - 314-984-0054 - kkomotos@gmail.com.

Pastoral Visitors of the Sick 

Person to Person

Our efforts reflect the Light of Christ by helping our neighbors in times of need. This is a program designed to match parishioners with specific needs with parishioners who can provide or attend to those needs. The needs are real and happening around us every day. Providers will NOT be asked to help on a regular basis— just an occasional assist to a member of our parish family. Our primary needs are transportation (either to Mass or to the doctor), light labor (raking leaves, occasional housekeeping, etc.), and occasional meals or shopping. Captains are also needed who will call volunteers and match them with parishioners in need.

Please contact John Komotos at 984-0054 or email komouno@hotmail.com for more information.

Person to Person
 

Pro-Life Committee

The Pro-Life Committee follows the Respect Life Apostolate of the Archdiocese of St. Louis in four primary objectives: Education, Prayer, Service and Political Awareness, and Responsibility. Our mission is to serve those whose very life is in danger, at all stages of development, from violence and death and to promote respect and love for the most vulnerable. We oppose abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning and capital punishment and try to implement public policy decisions that promote a Catholic and Christ centered-culture of life for everyone born and unborn. We meet monthly (except for three summer months) to plan our events and welcome all volunteers.

For more information, contact Ann Backer at 314-822-2794 or email abacker61@yahoo.com.

Pro Life

 

Room at the Inn

Room at the Inn Ministry in Need of Month Coordinators and Overall Coordinator

St. Peter Parish has hosted individuals and families  in need of shelter for over 15 years by partnering with Room at the Inn.  On the third Friday of every month, we transport people in need of a place to stay to our cafeteria where we provide dinner, fellowship,  overnight accommodations and a filling breakfast before transporting them back to the day location for Room at the Inn. Parishioners help in many ways and the sign up has become easy through our Sign Up Genius webpage. 


Our need right now is for parishioners who will be willing to coordinate  the Friday night - Saturday morningservice.
  The coordinator checks before the weekend that all support roles will be filled, is a presence on Friday evening and on Saturday morning and makes sure all supplies are stored away.  There is an overall coordinator, too, who assists with the training of new coordinators and is available as a resource when the coordinator is "on duty".  

We are also currently looking for someone who will be willing to be the overall coordinator of the program
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This worthwhile ministry is in need of manpower to continue at St. Peter Parish. If you think this is a way you are being called to serve, please call Joan Turnure at 314-221-7408 for more information.  Thank you.



Room at the Inn 

St. Patrick Center

Nine is the average age for a homeless person in the United States. One third of homeless adult males are veterans. Thirty percent of adults living on the streets suffer from a mental illness. The St. Patrick Center helps these people - and so can you. Once a month, volunteers from St. Peter donate sodas, and individually pre-packaged chips, and cookies (correctly packaged to meet state health regulations) to feed the homeless who will not come to the Center or other institutions. Parishioners bring the food and drinks to a home in Kirkwood for delivery downtown to the St. Patrick Center.

For more information contact Jen Moritz at 909-6756 or jenmoritz@gmail.com


St. Patrick Center 

St. Peter & Paul Soup Kitchen

The volunteers who work in this ministry serve a meal to the homeless and hungry at St. Peter and Paul Church Hall at 811 Allen in the Soulard area downtown. Our service date is the 3rd of each month. If the third of the month falls on a M-F, the meal is served at 5pm. If it falls on a Sat-Sun, the meal is served at noon.


For more information, contact Mary Raizman at 458-6895 or email mraizman@charter.net

St. Peter & Paul Soup Kitchen
 

St. Vincent dePaul Society
Each year we assist over 250 families within our parish boundaries with food, rent, gas, electricity and other basic living necessities. We are 100% funded by donations from our parishioners.
 
The St. Peter conference shares a food panty with Kirk Care and works closely with Kirk Care to coordinate services and avoid duplication of aid.
 
Unfortunately the call for help never stops.  St. Vincent dePaul continues to need both donations and volunteers. Donations are made by using the blue collection envelopes mailed to parishioners. If you would like to join our team please call Tom Huber at 314 471 7141.

For more information about St. Vincent De Paul contact- 314-289-6101 box 2220 


St. Vincent De Paul Society
 

Sts. Teresa and Bridget Food Pantry

Sts. Teresa & Bridget, located on Grand & N Market, St. Louis City, is a parish and community that are in great need. They have a food pantry that serves their area but the high demand keeps their shelves bare. By collecting canned goods monthly we can help make other people's lives better and respond to Jesus' call to feed Him when He is hungry. Donations are delivered on the 3rd Monday of every month. About 4 days prior to the monthly delivery date, canned goods are brought to our home in plastic bags at 319 East Adams, Kirkwood (one and half blocks east of the Kirkwood YMCA) and are placed on the front porch.

For more information, contact Candy Behl at 314-965-3390 or email candybehl@yahoo.com