Social Responsibility

TO PROVIDE DIRECT SERVICES IN HELPING PEOPLE COPE WITH THEIR PRESENT CRISIS AND PROVIDE SOCIAL ACTION GEARED TOWARD REMOVING THE CAUSES OF SOCIAL PROBLEMS

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY COMMITTEE
     Coordinates the functioning of all social responsibility ministries. Meets every other month as announced at 6:30 p.m. CONTACT: JoAnne Davis at 753-7382.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY - HOME VISITS
     Members (in pairs) visit needy families within our parish boundaries to provide food and other humanitarian aid such as rent or utility payments. Our group meets on the third Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Family Center. CONTACT: Chris LeBlanc at 278-8119. 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL DINING ROOM
     A team of volunteers serve lunch at the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room two Saturdays of each month from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CONTACT: Pat Gaudet at 921-2522.

THE ADVENT GIVING TREE TEAM
     Coordinates efforts to provide Christmas gifts for the disadvantaged in our community. A variety of tasks is involved: organizing what's needed, making, and/or writing ornaments for the tree, hanging the ornaments each week, sorting and delivering the presents, preparing a flyer, etc. Involves varying amounts of time, depending on the task selected, from October through December. CONTACT: Janet Hume at 292-1276.

BLOOD DRIVE COORDINATION TEAM
     St. Patrick offers a blood drive three times a year coordinated through Our Lady of the Lake Blood Bank. Volunteers work the day of the blood drive to assist parishioners as they fill out forms, offer directions, and refreshments. Commitment time is about two hours, three times a year on a rotating basis. CONTACT: Walt Lucek at 413-9087.

RESPECT LIFE COMMITTEE  Click here for more information.
     Coordinates pro-life parish activities throughout the year including the annual diocesan rally and petition signing campaigns after Masses with letters to Congress. Involves two hours monthly and meets the first Tuesday of each month at 6:45 p.m.  CONTACT: Sue Moreau at 751-0566 or Email

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
     Provides workers to join eight other Catholic parishes in building one house per year for the working poor. Involves one to three Saturdays in the spring. Participating youth must be at least 16. CONTACT: Cynthia LaStrapes at 753-7151.

PRISON MINISTRY - HUNT CORRECTIONAL
     St. Patrick presently coordinates a prison ministry team to assist the Catholic Chaplain at Hunt Correctional prison for men in St. Gabriel. Volunteers can offer to help weekly or monthly with faith sharing sessions, RCIA, and distribution of Holy Communion in cell blocks. CONTACT: Staci Polozola at 229-2618.

KAIROS PRISON MINISTRY
     A lay-led Christian ministry which conducts a structured weekend retreat at correctional institutions. There are various ways an individual can serve in this ministry: (1) Kairos Team Member – serve on the retreat weekend (2) Bake dozens of cookies to give the residents each day of the retreat (3) Volunteer to pray for a resident during the retreat (4) Sponsor a resident monetarily for the retreat. CONTACT: Lisa Trahan at 753-5750.

ELIZABETH MINISTRY
     Volunteers provide peer support to women and their families who request it during the childbearing years in the tradition of Mary and Elizabeth. They also provide support in the areas they have experienced; for example, a woman who has had twins would visit and mentor a woman who is pregnant with twins. Continued support is given throughout the pregnancy and for a time after the birth. Areas include pregnancy, birth, adoption, fertility, miscarriage, stillbirth, infant/child death, etc. CONTACT: Deacon Pete Walsh at 275-6010.

COMMUNION MINISTERS TO HOSPITALS: BATON ROUGE GENERAL/BLUEBONNET
     Assists the Catholic chaplain at Baton Rouge General Bluebonnet with distribution of Holy Communion on the day and at the time you can be available. CONTACT: Fr. Dang at 387-7742.

COMMUNION MINISTERS TO HOSPITALS: BATON ROUGE GENERAL/MID-CITY
     Ministers go to the Baton Rouge General Mid-City to visit, pray with, and distribute Communion to an average of 12 patients and their families.  Involves about 1 1/2 hours every four to six weeks. CONTACT: Fr.Dang at 387-7742.

COMMUNION MINISTERS TO HOSPITALS: OUR LADY OF THE LAKE
     Ministers go to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital to visit, pray with, and distribute Communion to patients and their families. Dates can be scheduled according to the volunteer's availability. CONTACT: OLOL Pastoral Care Office at 765-8896.

COMMUNION MINISTERS TO THE HOMEBOUND
     Communion Ministers bring the Eucharist each Sunday (on a rotating basis) after the 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. Masses to sick and homebound parishioners. A brief orientation prepares ministers to participate. Involves about one hour a month. You do not have to serve as a Communion Minister for Sunday Masses to volunteer in this ministry. CONTACT: Gloria Curtis at 751-1232.

PREPARE FOOD FOR FUNERALS & THE SICK
     Serving on rotating teams, volunteers prepare and deliver food to parishioners who are ill and in temporary need of food. The teams also meet the immediate needs of bereaved families by preparing and delivering food, usually following the funeral.  CONTACT:  JoAnne Davis (food for the sick) at 753-7382 or Gloria Curtis (food for the bereaved) at 751-1232.

STITCHING MINISTRY
     This group meets weekly in the Celtic/Shannon Room of the Family Center to work on various charitable stitching projects. All skill levels welcome. CONTACT: Susan Boone at 964-5405.