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St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish
Outreach Ministry of St. Augustine
Social Ministries
(732) 297-9713

Pastor:
Social Ministries Coordinator:
Outreach Ministry of St. Augustine Chairperson:
Outreach Ministry of St. Augustine Vice President:
Outreach Ministry of St. Augustinel Secretary:
Rev. Robert Lynam
Marlene
Claire
Karen
Doris
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CLIENT SERVICES
Contact: Marlene 732-297-9713

Client Service members of the Outreach Ministry of St. Augustine ("Vincentians") are men and women who are inspired by their gospel values to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to individuals in need. We are young and old. Our members come in every shade of skin color. Some of us are wealthy, some are financially poor, but all of us are blessed with an awareness that our blessings (time, talent or treasure) are to be shared with our brothers and sisters in need. Energized by the awareness that service to our brother or sister in need is, in fact, an encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ, client service representatives are keenly aware that poverty, suffering and loneliness are present for millions in our communities. For that reason, we collaborate with all who seek to relieve need and address its causes. Volunteers are trained to visit potential clients and to gather information. If funds are available and the need warrants financial assistance, we are able to help in this area. We also offer valuable information as to where they may go for help, suggest alternative avenues they can try to help get themselves out of the situation and financial consultants for budgeting advice.

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FOOD PANTRY AT ST. AUGUSTINE'S

Contact:

Helen
Lorelei
Pat

Through the "Food Collection Sunday" held very third Sunday of each month, our ministry helps stock the pantry and deliver food to those who make the need known. We are able to offer food to the community around us and also send some to other pantries when the need arises. We offer food to sustain the body and prayers to sustain the soul.

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FOOD PANTRY/ST. JOHN'S NEW BRUNSWICK

Contact:

Marsha and Harold

This is one of two food pantries run by the Diocesan Council of the Outreach Ministry of St. Augustine. Volunteers from our parish staff the pantry on the second Saturday of each month. Volunteers sort, pact and distribute food to registered clients who come to the pantry weekly. The pantry assists the needy and working poor to supplement their food needs. The pantry also runs special programs to supply its clients with coats and blankets in the fall, additional food at Thanksgiving, and Christmas gifts. Through this ministry both body and soul are fed.

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NURSING HOME MINISTRY

Contact:

James

Each Sunday following the 9 a.m. Mass, three to five Eucharistic Ministers bring communion to the Franklin Park Nursing Home Catholics there. Members of this ministry are also available to assist when Mass is offered there on a monthly basis and when the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick is celebrated twice a year.

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PARISH BREAKFAST

Contact:

Ken, Head Chef & family

Our Parish Breakfast serves as an avenue for the parish families to gather on a social level at will with no demands. It also serves as an option for confirmation service for our St. Augustine School and Religious Education students. The Parish Breakfast is the third Sunday of the month from October to April, where possible. We serve from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at family affordable costs. On the Thursday or Friday before the breakfast all volunteers are called. There is always a need for permanent additional adult volunteers for cooking, serving and clean up.

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PARISH FAMILY MINISTRY

Contact:

Elizabeth

Many of the Social Ministries are focused on helping and supporting people during their times of need or when faced with a specific difficulty in their lives. The Parish Family Ministry, a group of dedicated volunteers, takes a slightly different focus, that of building and uniting the parish community through celebrations of joyous occasions that occur either on the Church calendar or important events specific to our parish. For example, our ministry sponsors events such as the annual Parish Picnic, Advent and St. Joseph celebrations and May Crowning in addition to other social gatherings. Our ministry is dedicated to creating a truly caring and supportive Christian community by providing social gatherings where the people of this parish may come together and have the opportunity to become familiar faces to each other and get to know one another. The Parish Family Ministry is open to anyone who enjoys lending a helping hand. There are many facets involved and there's a place for you! A phone call is all it takes to be a part of this family.

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GIVING TREE

Contact:

Janine

Each year during Advent, our parish displays a Giving Tree with ornaments specifying gift suggestions for those names given to us by our Client Services ministry and various other charitable organizations. All our parishioners, young and old alike, participate in this project by preparing the ornaments for the tree. With the assistance of adults, it is possible to collect and deliver many hundreds of gifts to those families who would go without any gifts at all for Christmas.

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LENTEN CHARITY MINISTRY

Contact:

Janine

During the Lenten season our parishioners receive plastic eggs containing an item that needs to be purchased to help those in need in our community through local charitable organizations. We are also encourage making sacrifices during this most holy time and offer them to the Lord in reparation for the sins committed against Him.

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LAZARUS MINISTRY

Contact:

Elena

The Lazarus Ministry helps to fill the needs of those experiencing the loss of a loved one. Members attend wakes of the deceased parishioners to offer comfort to their families, and they attend funeral Masses. The ministry maintains the "Care Notes" available in the Gathering Area of our church and sponsors seminars and workshops for those who are grieving, and help coordinate the All Souls Day Mass on November 2 to remember all those who have died during the year.

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MINISTRY TO THE SICK

Contact:

Dorothy

This ministry sees to the needs of those who may need transportation to see a doctor at his office or in the hospital. We also grocery shop for those who cannot shop for themselves and make sure they are visited by a Eucharistic Minister if they are homebound, visit them if they so desire or just keep in touch by phone.

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MOTHERS' CIRCLE

Contact:

Marie

This ministry comes together once a month to pray and honor the Blessed Virgin Mary. Each month we focus on a different topic or area of interest. We provide spiritual nourishment for mothers striving to raise Catholic children amidst a secular culture. We have helped pregnant women who are in jeopardy and the very serious ill in the parish by visiting them, cooking meals for them and praying with them. Mothers with children of all ages are welcome and encouraged to try our group.

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PARISH PRAYER LINK MINISTRY

Contact:

Elizabeth

The Parish Link Prayer Ministry is an intercessory prayer group whose members commit to pray for specific requests. Prayer requests can be of any nature and as specific or non-specific as necessary. All requests are confidential and emergency requests are called out immediately. The group is always open to new members; the only requirement is a desire to pray for the needs of others.

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RESPECT LIFE MINISTRY

Contact:

Anne

Our ministry will do all it can to educate and keep everyone informed of the issues concerning life..from birth until natural death. We attend the Life-Chain in October and the January 22 March for Life in Washington D.C.. The Diocesan Pro-Life Ministry is our link to what bills and critical issues are coming up concerning what is going on in our government. Every Sunday there is information regarding Life in our bulletin. We cannot stress enough how everyone must get involved, no matter how small.

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SEPARATED/DIVORCED MINISTRY

Contact:

Karen

St. Augustine's support group for Separated and Divorced Catholics is educational, informational, spiritual, and social in scope. The support group is structured for individuals who have been separated or divorced for over one year. Meetings begin with prayer or a bible reading. The participants then choose a relevant topic for the evening's discussion. Topics such as single parenting, annulments, finances, loneliness, stress, and relationships have been discussed. The group provides an informal atmosphere for networking and sharing problems with others in the same situation. Meetings are held on an as needed and requested basis.

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WELCOME MINISTRY

Contact:

Rita

We are a small group who welcome new parishioners into our parish after they register. Approximately five to six families register each week. Our committee receives their names and phone numbers from the Parish office. We attempt to speak to them by telephone within 2 weeks after receiving their names. We welcome them into the St. Augustine Parish and also invite them to come to the parish breakfast the following month or the parish picnic during the summer months.

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CARPENTERS FOR CHRIST

Contact:

Len

This is a men's group for faith-building and fellowship dedicated to building up the Mystical Body by becoming better informed, well-informed Catholics, drilling home the message that Catholic men can take a moral stand on contemporary issues contrary to Faith, sharpening our skills of discernment by grounding ourselves in prayer and spiritual reflection, wrenching ourselves free of a world which has lost its moral compass by daring to go against the grain, and leveling the playing field of secular society by laying a firm foundation for our Catholic faith and voice.

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ELIJAH'S PROMISE SOUP KITCHEN

Contact:

Barbara

On the first Wednesday of each month volunteers meet to provide general assistance with preparation and serving of meals at the soup kitchen in New Brunswick.
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ELIJAH'S PROMISE SOUP KITCHEN COOKS

Contact:

Barbara

On the first Tuesday of each month volunteers cook meals for the clients of the soup kitchen in New Brunswick.
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HOSPITAL MINISTRY

Contact:

Barbara

The hospital ministry brings Holy Eucharist to patients at our local hospitals. The Pastoral Care Departments would orient you to the hospital environment and the work that you would be doing. You can volunteer for one, two or more hours at a time on one, two or more days per month depending on your own personal schedule. Even if you are not a mandated Eucharistic Minister you can become one as long as you meet these requirements: 1) Confirmed adult Catholic, 2) Attends Mass and the sacraments regularly, and 3) if married, your marriage is a sacramental marriage.
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SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT MINISTRIES
 
CFM (CHRISTIAN FAMILY MOVEMENT)

Contact:

Mary

The Christian Family Movement is a parish and neighborhood based network of small groups of families. The parents meet regularly in one another's homes. CFM members reinforce Christian values in their families and then reach out to share these values in the community. Through the use of program books and group interaction, CFMers learn to examine their life experiences in the light of the Gospel.

CFM cell groups consist of 6-8 families with the parents attending meetings every 2-4 weeks on a regular night. One CFM group is presently in our parish. They have been together for over twenty years. CFM is for all types of families and is an international organization that was established almost 50 years ago.
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CHILDREN OF LIGHT CHARISMATIC PRAYER GROUP

Contact:

Steve and Carolyn

A charismatic prayer group is a group of people who come together in an informal but regular way for shared prayer, song, exercise of the charismatic gifts of the Holy Spirit and support in Jesus Christ. Life in the Spirit seminars are offered periodically in St. Augustine's to share the grace of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit, which is a conscious breaking forth and new awareness of the graces of the Spirit received in Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Eucharist. The charisms or charismatic gifts empower all Catholics for evangelization, renewal and up building of the Church and the world. Children of Light Prayer Group meets every Thursday evening at 8:00 p.m. in the chapel unless otherwise noted in the weekly parish bulletin. A social follows one monthly meeting.

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FAMILY LIFE MINISTRY

Contact:

Donna

The mission of this ministry is to enrich the faith of the children of St. Augustine of Canterbury Parish through active participation in the Liturgy of the Word. Our goal is to enhance their understanding of our faith through dramatization of the Gospel and proclamation of the Word of the Lord. This is achieved through participation in monthly Children's Liturgies and the living Way of the Cross.

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