March 22, 2013
With more than 60 active ministries at the parish, St. Alphonsus Liguori families offer their gifts of time, talent and treasure to help share the faith, celebrate the Liturgy and serve families from across the world.
The Outreach Committee is made up of various subgroups that help target areas of need for the parish to reach out (or in) and help share the love of Christ through service.
Ever wonder how far your gifts of time, talent and treasure reach? Here is a brief report from the Outreach Committee about some of the charitable work our parish offered in 2012.
Habitat for Humanity: Monetary gifts and 772 volunteer hours were offered by St. Alphonsus parishioners for the two Habitat homes constructed in Boone County. The Outreach committee donated $1,983.60 from its budget as well as $5,085 from parish collections. This was the first year that a Wounded Warrior home was built. The completed homes were in Advance and Lebanon, Indiana.
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Communications: Outreach has become a regular fixture in the bulletin. At the October Mini-Ministry Fair held during the Opening Celebration for the campus facilities, Outreach and several of its committees had tables with tri-fold displays showcasing various activities as volunteers stood by to communicate with parishioners. Flyers along with shared bulletin board space allowed the publicizing of Outreach programs, its mission and the all-new In Reach.
In Reach: This new ministry developed by Outreach Committee came alive with promotions in the second half of 2012. An In Reach webpage is active on the parish website, and a first-time flyer has been published. At the end of the year, 18 people had signed up, most to help serve parish families in need of meals.
Special Offerings: The committee assisted the parish by reviewing last year's list of special offering opportunities that would be second collections. The committee helped designate a church for the needy parish fund, and communicated the goal for each special collection as well as the amount of gifts offered.
Caring Center: The committee decided that the Caring Center would be the primary recipient of food and clothing drives at St. Alphonsus Liguori. The Black Bag Collections are held quarterly; year-end tonnage of food was not calculated. Additional parish families came forward to serve as volunteers for coordinating the food drives. Specially designed coat trees were designed by parishioner Jim Weaver on which to hang the black bags for distribution.
The Giving Tree: Was assembled to help collect gifts for families in need at Christmas.
St. Rita’s: A second collection for St. Rita’s (designated needy parish) was held in October. More than $7,000 was collected to help repair the bell tower on the parish's grounds. The tower has been deteriorating with falling bricks. Members of the Outreach Committee presented a check to St. Rita’s at the end of November. Several parishioners attended their African Mass in December.
Haiti Twin Parish: The committee made a mission trip to Haiti in the spring where more than 1,000 were served. Difficulties in recruitment led to a fall trip being postponed. Father Nova came to St. Alphonsus for several days during October. The Outreach Committee put on an Aperitif and Dessert Reception for Parish Leadership. This fall, the Haiti committee began changing its structure so that there are subcommittee chairs with distinct responsibilities. Recruitment for some of these committee chairs continued through fall and into winter.
St. Vincent de Paul: After a couple of years of inactivity, a new committee chair was found for this ministry. At the end of 2012, St. Alphonsus began special offerings again on the first Saturday of the month for needy.