COMMUNITY & SUPPORT GROUPS
Parish life at Saints Peter and Paul involves our ministries as well as other parish-sponsored community groups who center their efforts around building community and offering support to those in need.
These groups allow parishioners to connect with one another on a social, pastoral, and spiritual level making it a vibrant and active Parish.
SS. Peter and Paul Bereavement of Consolation, a part of Pastoral Care, strives to live in the image of Jesus Christ who wept with those who mourned. We believe that in our faith community, no one should grieve alone. We pray for and with each family that loses a loved one and attempt to bring comfort and consolation to all the bereaved.
GRIEF SUPPORT FOR ADULTS
This ministry seeks to help and comfort those who are grieving the loss of their loved ones. It is a Catholic based grief support program, and open to anyone who would like to attend regardless of their religious background. This ministry meets in six week sessions, four times annually. Please contact the Parish Office for a meeting schedule 410.822.2344.
As members of the Body of Christ called to be concerned about a just society, the Social Concerns Committee of Saints Peter and Paul Parish embraces its mission to integrate the Gospel message into the life of our Parish through awareness, advocacy and action.
Our Baptism calls us to this mission. Holy Scripture, the rich tradition of the Catholic Church, and the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching guide our ministry. It is the vision of the Committee that Catholic Social Teaching be integrated into all aspects of Parish life. Furthermore, it is our vision to provide opportunities for all parishioners to participate in social justice education and to become actively involved in social justice issues impacting our Parish, community, and world.
The Committee is comprised of four Focus Areas and a General Membership Group. The Social Justice and Advocacy Focus Area provides Social Concerns information and education to parishioners through various Parish media. Its members also advocate the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching to our local,state, and federal legislators. The Coordination and Outreach Focus Area coordinates Social Actions between Parish organizations and addresses Social Concerns issues not covered. The Collaboration and Solidarity Focus Area collaborates with Social Action Groups outside the Parish in support of the Principles of Catholic Social Teaching and the Parish. The Membership and Leadership Development Focus Area solicits membership in the Committee and fosters leadership in Social Concerns actions through training. The General Membership Group includes parishioners who are interested in Social Concerns, but participate only periodically in the Committee. Membership is open to all parishioners. The Social Concerns Committee is a vehicle for parishioners to "live their faith".
SAINT VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international organization of practicing Catholic lay persons, founded in France by Frederic Ozanam in 1833, who wish to live their faith in a spirit of justice and charity, to Jove and serve their neighbors suffering and in need. This applies to all people.
Among its activities, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul prepares and distributes grocery bags of food and other items to those in need, every Tuesday from 2:00 - 3:30 pm and Saturday from 9:00 - 10:30 am . Teams of volunteers rotate on a weekly basis filling grocery bags, recording names of recipients, and distributing the bags. Food is supplied by donations and by direct purchases of food stuffs, in bulk, from grocery stores.
Clothing, household items and furniture are also collected and distributed to those in need via a Thrift Center, which is open every Tuesday from 2:00 -3 :30 pm and Saturday from 9:30-11 :00 am. In addition, several members take phone calls, when directed from the Department of Social Services, Neighborhood Services and other agencies, from people in need of emergency financial support on a short-term basis to assist in paying overdue rent and mortgages to avoid eviction and foreclosures, and in special cases for prescription charges, medical bills and temporary homeless lodging. Teams of two Vincentians conduct home visits to counsel and assist clients as much as possible to meet their needs. A group of volunteers take turns responding, based on availability. Money for those needs and to help support the food pantry comes from the poor box or church collections when checks are made out to St.Vincent de Paul. Donations can also be given to members or mailed directly to:
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
29533 Canvasback Drive
P.O. Box 783
Easton, MD 21601
All Catholics (and non-Catholics as Associate Members) are eligible. At present, we are trying to expand our mission to include a job bank, financial counseling and other services. New members are most welcome, including high school students. Monthly meetings are held the third Monday at 9:30 am and the second Thursday at 7 pm. Meetings and information on food collection is in the bulletin. Food and clothing distribution and all meetings are held at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS
The Knights of Columbus is an independent Catholic Fraternal Organization founded by Father Michael J. McGivney in 1881. By 2005, membership grew to over 1.6 million Catholic men and their families belonging to more than 12,000 local councils. The four cornerstones of the order are Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism. Regina Coeli Council No. 2274 received its charter on May 8, 1921, and is located in Easton, Maryland. Its members are primarily from Saints Peter and Paul Parish. The council had 39 members when it started and included Father Eugene Murphy,pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Church. In 2010, the council had over 200 members. offers pro-life programs, seminarian support, youth sporting events, prayer and memorial services, and social events. The Council contributes to many Charities in the area.
SS. ANNE & JOACHIM SOCIETY
The Saints Anne and Joachim Society is a group of men and women in the Parish, who enjoy gathering each month for social, charitable, and spiritual enrichment and educational purposes. One of our major objectives is to contribute to the scholarship funds of Saints Peter and Paul School, each year, as well as other deserving causes. Social events include an annual Crab Feast, a very popular Saint Patrick's Day patty, and a Christmas luncheon. Meetings are held at Saint Michael's Mission Church on the first Friday of the month (October through June). The meetings begin with recitation of the Rosary at 11:30 am, followed by business/social activities.
The Women's Guild was formed to promote spiritual growth, charitable works, and social opportunities within the Parish community.
Fundraising activities, such as a Christmas Fair and various other sale events have produced funds to support Parish needs and other worthy causes within the community. Communion breakfasts, retreats, and prayer groups are an integral part of the spiritual advantages experienced by Guild members. Warm and supportive friendships are developed through social activities, including luncheons, and day trips. With the generous contributions of the time and talent of Guild members over the years, the Guild has sponsored and hosted numerous parish activities in service to the needs of people and groups in the Parish.
Membership is open to all women of the Parish. The Guild meets monthly and has a structured program, including guest speakers who share timely and important information of general interest to the group.
Questions about Parish Support Groups ?
If you have any questions about the Parish Support Groups please call the Parish office at:
(410) 822 - 2344
Monday - Friday
8:00 to 4:00 pm
(410) 822 - 2344
Monday - Friday
8:00 to 4:00 pm