Outreach Ministry

Outreach Ministry

 

The St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church community continues to celebrate and foster the tradition of faith and service demonstrated by all the people who have gone before and who have made our church family a strong witness to Christian fellowship and outreach.

Within the Outreach Ministry there is a strong emphasis on the principles of Catholic social teaching. The principle of “Solidarity” is a primary focus for the Outreach Ministry which will continue to blossom throughout the St. Anthony of Padua parish community.

We are one human family and we are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. 
There are several Outreach Ministry activities that occur throughout the year, such as:
  • “Meals on Wheels” with Senior Citizens of Metropolitan Atlanta, Inc.,
  • “Habitat for Humanity” Faith and Community Partnership Build
  • Archdiocese of Atlanta “Good Friday Pilgrimage” participation
  • “Hunger Walk/Run 5k” with Atlanta Community Food Bank
  • “MLK Day 5k Drum Run” with “Team St. Anthony”
  • “Stop Human Trafficking Ministry”
  • social justice-based “JustFaith” and “JustMatters” adult formation and community immersion course.

Opportunities to Engage with St. Anthony’s Outreach Ministries

Health Ministry – An active ministry in our parish for 20 years, the Health Ministry’s goal is to create an environment which supports holistic health principles involving physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Some activities include nutrition education & cooking demonstrations, a fruit & vegetable market, health fairs and an annual blood drive. The ministry meets every 2nd Sunday at 10 am in Adamski Hall. Contact Melba Hill-Paschal at 404-349-7110 for more information and to engage with this ministry.

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Atlanta Ministry – This ministry provides financial, material, educational and spiritual support to those in need, regardless of background or faith, and collaborates with other organizations to empower people to achieve self-sufficiency. Ministers are known as Vincentians and are united in an international society of charity by the spirit of humility and sharing.

Stop Human Trafficking Ministry – This ministry is committed to ending child sex trafficking in Atlanta, by partnering with local anti-trafficking nonprofit organizations to deliver workshops to our parishioners and provide opportunities for our parishioners to serve trafficking victims and the homeless youth who are most at-risk. We serve as mentors, provide meals to homeless youth, collect toiletries for victims, advocate for stronger anti-trafficking laws, and provide ad hoc support for our nonprofit partners. Contact Tramell Alexander at 404-309-9327 or tramell.alexander@gmail.com for more information and to engage with this ministry.

Meals on Wheels Ministry – This ministry strives to decrease senior hunger by aiding Meals on Wheels Atlanta in providing nourishment to seniors in need. Ministers from our parish serve as drivers and help deliver food to the seniors in our community who may otherwise go without. Contact Karen Burke at karen.l.burke@gmail.com for more information and to engage with this ministry.

Habitat for Humanity Ministry – This ministry supports Habitat for Humanity Atlanta’s efforts to help low-income families own a home. St. Anthony ministers help with fundraising and building and renovating homes with the families as a team. We also need ministers to help coordinate, prepare, and serve lunch for Habitat for Humanity participants. Our upcoming October 2015 interfaith build provides a great opportunity for fellowship with other churches and temples in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Contact Candis M. Hunter at candis.m.hunter@gmail.com to get involved and engage with this fun outreach ministry.

“Team St. Anthony” – Team St. Anthony is a celebration of our individual parishioner’s Mind, Body, and Spirit and total parish family’s baptismal call to actively participate (walk/run) in community engagement non-profit fundraising 5k and 10k walks/runs within the Atlanta metro area throughout the year. These events consist of the “Hunger Walk/Run” (Atlanta Community Food Bank and Society of St. Vincent de Paul, annually in March) and “MLK Day 5k Drum Run” (annually in January).

“JustFaith” – The “JustFaith” (www.justfaith.org) program (4 six week sessions) is a deep spiritual journey for small groups (5-15) to engage in the life of Jesus and the Gospel’s call to compassion and justice amongst a world scarred by the domestic and global crisis of poverty. Participation in the “JustFaith” program is an opportunity for parishioners to gain a deeper connection to their faith, parish, and community (US and global). “JustFaith” enrollment (per participant registration fee + assigned books) and program implementation are based on parishioner demand (minimum number of participants is required).