Bereavement / Grief Support Ministry

To experience the loss of any loved one within our lives brings a great sense of loss and it is an experience that changes our lives forever. The Bereavement Support Ministry aim is mutual aid, emotional support, an opportunity to develop a new social system, provide information about the process of grieving and loss, provide information about resources and give encouragement.  

St. Stephen the Martyr parish wants to let you know, “we care” and want to assist you during this most difficult time.  We have a trained support team for anyone who’s suffered a major death loss in their life. The Parish Library also has information and books on Grief and Loss.    For a personal visit and additional supportive materials, please call Joanne Jones.

Contact

Joanne Jones
770-935-1853
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Terri Roland
770-491-6185

 

 

Family Promise

Family Promise, of Gwinnett, is an Interfaith, non-profit, Community organization for Gwinnett families in transition.  It is part of a national organization founded in 1986. It brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes through a network of local congregations. familypromisegwinnett.org

Congregations either “Host”(provide sleeping arrangements and meals) for the families for one week at their Church/Synagogue, or are a “Support Church,” providing additional needed volunteers.  There are currently 30 “Host” congregations and 15 “Support” congregations providing space and volunteers. 

Congregations assist by providing regular volunteers and funds.  St. Stephen is a “Support Church” with volunteers who purchase, prepare and present meals, and socialize with the “guests.” And, two volunteers stay overnight as contact persons.   We currently volunteer to support two “Host” Churches, All Saints Lutheran in Lilburn and St. John Neumann in Lilburn.  Each of these Churches “Hosts”  for 2 different weeks each year, resulting in 4 weeks of volunteer opportunities. There are also other opportunities to volunteer throughout the year.   

This program  can only operate with volunteers like yourself, willing to provide this outreach to families and children in need.   HOW CAN YOU HELP?  Donations of Time, Talent and Treasure are means of helping. Please Contact: Joanné  or Mark Zoghby at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   if you would like to volunteer for this very important outreach ministry or help in any way.

Contact Joanné or Mark Zoghby 
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Healthcare Ministry

Calling all doctors, nurses, social workers, dietitians, dentists, nurse practitioners, nurse techs and aides, companion sitters and those that simply want to give back to their parish.  At any given time in our parish there is a family or individual in need.  It may be respite care (someone to watch over the sick while the caregiver takes a break), it might be a referral to an agency that can assist them; it may even be a ride to the doctor or making phone calls to doctor offices.  With such a wealth of medical professions and learned parishioners it simply is a waste of our gifts not to give a little of time to the medically needy of our parish.  Critical to this “ministry” is the strength in numbers rule -   thereby, never creating a hardship on any volunteer.  If you have never given your time and talents, this is a call to stewardship.  If you have given, you already know of the difference you can make in the lives of your brothers and sisters in Christ.  And last but not least, the joy you get from giving back to others in need.

Contact Claire Smith
770-757-3630
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PATH Ministry

PATH (Post Abortion Treatment and Healing) offers hope and healing to women and men who are suffering after an abortion.  The physical and emotional stress can be devastating, and often surfaces months or even years after the event.  Our method is personal, compassionate and non-judgmental.  Our trained volunteer counselors help bring women and men back into relationship with God and the community.  Most of those who complete the PATH process find peace of heart, a peace they never thought possible. 

Link to PATH website:  www.healingafterabortion.org

 

 

 

Respect Life

All human beings are created in the image and likeness of God, therefore all human life is sacred.  The Respect Life Committee helps promote respect for life from conception to natural death.  We follow the U.S. Bishops’ Annual Respect Life Program by the following:  educating people on abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, cloning and capital punishment; supporting ministry which helps those in crisis pregnancies and those who have had an abortion; and educating people on legislative efforts with respect to life.

Link to Archdiocese of Atlanta Respect Life Webpage

Contact Brenda Stoll
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St. Vincent de Paul Society

Service * Spirituality * Fellowship

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization that leads men and women to join together to grow spiritually by serving the needy in our community through a variety of different activities.  There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with this personally rewarding ministry such as: delivering food, clothing, and household items; working in the Thrift Store; help collect donations; prepare Thanksgiving and Christmas food and gifts; home visitations.  Our St. Stephen Conference meets at the church the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.  The meetings are open to all, please feel free to sit in and learn more about our members and what we do.

Contact Richard Loibl
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