“If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted, then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.” (Isaiah 58:10)
When a death occurs, life for those who live on changes forever. Recognizing this change, the Bereavement Team strives to offer hope and comfort and support to those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. Our program is offered twice a year in the fall and in the spring. Each session runs for six consecutive weeks, on Tuesday evenings from 7:00-8:30 p.m.. If you have a compassionate heart and would like to help people in their time of need, we ask that you prayerfully discern if you are called to serve in this ministry. Contact Maryanne Sheerin 609-937-4963 or Jane Gatto.
Each month ladies of the parish prepare homemade soup and deliver this nutritious meal to our parishioners who are home-bound due to illness or other issues. In addition to the nourishment to the body, the visit of the volunteer nourishes the soul of the home-bound. The Caring Meals volunteers also prepare full meals for parishioners recently home from a hospital stay as well as new mothers. Contact
Marianne Sheerin 609-937-4963
Food Pantry Collection
Hunger is not seasonal. We collect food all year round to distribute to needy families. Help is needed to stock the shelves and check food items to make sure that nothing is outdated. Any extra food collected is sent to the Senior Center Food Pantry which distributes food to the people of Monroe. Contact Esther Wolff 732-521-6019
This ministry includes people who can lend a hand to people who are unable to replace a bulb, hang a picture, or need help with other minor tasks around the house. Contact Esther Wolff 732-521-6019.
Through this ministry we reach out to those who are home bound, or in nursing homes due to illness or old age, and cannot attend Mass. We visit with them and bring Communion on a weekly basis. The visitors benefit as much or more than the people they visit. You will find that a special connection develops with the home bound. This ministry needs many volunteers since we reach out to our local nursing homes, Princeton Hospital, eight gated communities and private homes.
If you have a relative or friend who is home bound, either short-term or long-term, and would love to receive Holy Communion, Contact Marge Nardonly at 609-409-6164 to set up a Communion visit.
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Phone Chain Prayer Group
Our Telephone Prayer Chain is a group of parishioners who on request will pray for those who are in need. The need could be illness, grieving due to the loss of loved one, unemployment, addiction, etc. We have no need to meet. All that is required is your phone number and email. Please contact Josie Cuddy at 609-860-8535.
Prayer Shawl Ministry
If you like to knit or crochet , this ministry is for you! It is a prayerful and meditative time when you can use the talents God gave you to share His love with others. Shawls are given to a person undergoing medical procedure, needing comfort after loss, in times of stress, illness or recovery. Shawls can be used for happy occasions such as birthday for children, grandchildren, parents, grandparents, and baptisms. Over the past 10 years 3,000 shawls have been blessed and distributed to people of all faiths in various nursing homes, veteran homes, convents, daycare facilities, home bound and to parishioners at our Healing Mass. Contact Elizabeth Coulston 732-561-4139.
Respect for Life
Encourages all Catholics to respect the life of unborn babies and become aware of programs in the Diocesan programs that aid pregnant women. Right to Life also includes respect for life at all times,
not just at birth, but also to those that are terminally ill and close to death.
St. Vincent DePaul
The St. Vincent de Paul Society was founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam for the sanctification of its members through service to the poor. It currently operates in over 153 countries. The Nativity of our Lord St. Vincent de Paul Society helps people who are in need to get back on their feet again through confidential financial assistance and counseling. They sponsor programs such as food collections,
back to school back packs, the Giving Tree program at Christmas, Operation Rice Bowl, Guatemala Scholarships and Fair Trade Goods sale among others. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Linda Schilling at LMS652@gmail.com or by phone 609-395-7953 or Peggy Rugilio 908-447-4417. If you are in need of financial assistance, please call 609-371-0499, extension 8 and leave a message. Someone will return your call, usually within 24 hours.