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Outreach Ministries

BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY

This incredible ministry provides spiritual, physical and moral support to families experiencing the loss of a loved one. Volunteers assist on the day of the funeral in the church as altar servers, Eucharistic ministers, sacristans, and hospitality ministers. If you feel called to walk with our parishioners and extended family that have lost a loved one please share your time, heart and compassion with the Bereavement Ministry. Contact: Peggy Hoffman, 225.275.8142, hoffmanpeggy@att.net.

INTERFAITH FEDERATION MINISTRY

The role of this ministry is to be a liaison between St. Thomas More and the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge. The mission is to pursue unity, justice and peace through interfaith cooperation. Activities include visitations to other places of worship, forums and dinners to brainstorm issues that affect us all; a community prayer breakfast and a community concert. Contact: Eleanor Perret, 225.753.9844, ebpkap@cox.net.

MANNA GIVERS MINISTRY

One of the Corporal Works of Mercy we are called to serve as Catholic-Christians is to feed the hungry. Each month various teams of volunteers from St. Thomas More cook and serve an evening meal at one of the three St. Vincent de Paul/Bishop Shelter location for homeless men and women since the shelters have no kitchen facilities. Most teams serve once a month; some every other month. Those interested in forming or joining a team please sign up. Contact: Parish Office

NURSING HOME MINISTRY

The parish serves three nursing homes which are within the geographical boundaries: The Care Center, Capital House, and Guest House. All are in need of consistent volunteers to help set-up for weekly communion services. Also needed are volunteers to visit the residents and assist in special seasonal celebrations held throughout the year. The residents are deeply grateful for the time spent with the volunteers. Contact: Church Office, 225.275.3940

PRISON MINISTRY

Prison Ministry is run by several volunteers, together with other parishes within the Diocese of Baton Rouge. These volunteers work together for the betterment of those incarcerated within the prison systems of East Baton Rouge Parish and beyond. They strive to provide for the physical, spiritual, social and educational needs of the inmates as well as their families. Volunteers are fully trained through the Diocese of Baton Rouge to further empower them to serve more effectively. Visiting the imprisoned brings hope of new life to those whose mistakes have cost them their freedom. It is also one of the seven Corporal Works of Mercy we as Catholic Christians can participate in. Contact: Jim Pitchford, 225.274.8502, jim.pitchford@annuitymarketing.com.

RESPECT LIFE MINISTRY

Through prayer, outreach, education and political action, Respect Life Ministry volunteers strive to uphold the teachings of the Catholic Church with regards to the protection and sanctification of life and families. They raise the consciousness of the parish through the awareness months of October and January, and also maintain a formation program throughout the year. They also participate in diocesan, local and nationally sponsored events including the March for Life in Washington D.C., the Louisiana Life March and The 40 Days for Life. Contact: Shelly Romero, 225.241.2428, kromero10@cox.net

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL CONFERENCE OF ST. THOMAS MORE PARISH

These volunteers help serve the neediest in our parish area. Volunteers committed to this ministry are trained on-site by an existing volunteer and then work in teams to visit and talk with the needy in an effort to find solutions to the problems many of them face and to provide for them the basic necessities of living. Contact: Mike Nola, 225.937.6030, mike.nola@att.net.