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 Ministry

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 the Martyr Parish and St. John Neumann Parish have joined forces to serve together in a Collaborative Ministry between parishes to jointly serve Family Promise of Gwinnett.  

St. Stephen the Martyr is a “Support Church” in collaboration with St. John Neumann Catholic Church (nearby in Lilburn, GA).    This collaborative ministry is looking for volunteers to serve the ministry by purchasing, preparing and presenting meals along with socializing with the “guests.”  Additional volunteers are needed to stay overnight as contact persons.  

Ministry volunteers support Family Promise “Host” Churches, including St. John Neumann in Lilburn.  Usually there are 2-3 volunteer weeks each year with the opportunity to serve with St. John Neumann or other local churches.   Other opportunities are available through Family Promise of Gwinnett.

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.   Volunteers are also invited to attend the core team meetings held throughout the year.   

If you would like to volunteer for this very important outreach ministry or help in any way -  Please Contact: 
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Aida Galarza  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

  

Family Promise
Collaborative Ministry

St. John Neumann Contacts:

Mary Moorman  770-806-0728   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Aida Galarza      678-787-3909   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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

Did you know that one out of three women in the U.S. will experience an abortion in her lifetime? For every hurting woman, there is a hurting man. Thousands of men and women seek deliverance from the pain and guilt of an abortion experience. PATH Ministry is here to help.

PATH (Post Abortion Treatment & Healing) is a Catholic ministry which provides a safe place for all individuals suffering from post- abortive trauma to grieve their loss and reconcile with themselves, others, and God. PATH also educates the community regarding post abortion trauma, its treatment and prevention.  

We offer small group Save One bible studies for both men and women and also weekend Rachel's Vineyard retreats to help individuals heal.  We are endorsed by Archbishop Wilton Gregory, and have been quietly serving women and men in and around Atlanta since 1996.   Christ centered and confidential care is available.  

If you want to know more about this compassionate and confidential ministry, please visit us at:  

website -  www.healingafterabortion.org

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/PATHPostAbortionTreatmentandHealing

 

 

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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