Christian Men & Women of St. John the Baptist
Ladies and men from the parish have been dedicated to promoting the more devout life in service to our God and our church.
Often they are called upon to clean the church in preparation for the celebration of Christmas or Easter.
Members are in the forefront in ministries such as lectors, or distributing the holy Communion at Mass, and taking Communion to the Sick/Homebound.
An organized group of ladies and men, they have various fundraisers throughout the year, such as Friday Fish Fries, Spaghetti Dinners, Flea Markets, and spearhead the Parish Festival to help support the works of the church. All are welcome to pitch in and join us.
For more information, please contact the Parish Office.
Knights of Columbus
Thanks to the efforts of Father Michael J. McGivney, assistant pastor of St. Mary Church in New Haven, as well as some of his parishioners, the Connecticut state legislature, officially chartered the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal benefit society March 29, 1882.
The order is still true to its founding principles of charity, unity and fraternity.
The Knights were formed to render financial aid to members and their families. Mutual aid and assistance are offered to sick, disabled and needy members and their families.
Social and intellectual fellowship is promoted among members and their families through educational, charitable, religious, social welfare, war relief and public relief works.
The history of the order shows how the foresight of Father McGivney, whose cause for sainthood is being investigated by the Vatican, brought about what has become the world’s foremost Catholic fraternal benefit society.
The order has helped families obtain economic security and stability through its life insurance, annuity and long term care programs, and has also contributed time and energy worldwide to service in communities.
The Knights of Columbus has grown from several members in one council to more than 14,000 councils and 1.8 million members throughout the United States, Canada, Philippines, Mexico, Poland, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Panama, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Cuba, Guatemala, Guam and Saipan.
For more information about the local Knights of Columbus chapter, please contact Tim Babyak at 724-326-4788.
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
“If a needy person requires medicine or other help during prayer time, do whatever has to be done with peace of mind. Offer the deed to God as your prayer. Do not become upset or feel guilty because you interrupted your prayer to serve the poor. God is not neglected if you leave him for such service. One of God’s works is merely interrupted so another can be carried out.” ~~ St. Vincent de Paul Letter #2546
When we pray and give alms to the poor, we allow God’s mercy to be poured into their hearts. Are you aware that our St. Vincent de Paul has a pantry for those in need? This pantry provides food, paper products, and hygiene products to families in need. We also assist at the community food bank every 3 months. Please consider purchasing an extra package of toilet paper, tube of toothpaste or jar of spaghetti sauce on your next shopping trip to donate to our food pantry.
Donations may be left in the vestibule of church near the statue of Mary.
Are you aware that our St. Vincent de Paul has a Poor Box in the back of church? The Poor Box is located on the wall above the offertory table. These donations are used to assist those in our community with utility bills, gas and other needs.
The Parish Chapter of the Society meets on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of each month at 2 pm in the former convent. If you would like to join us, we are always looking for new members … all our welcome to attend a meeting!
Do you need help? Do you know someone in need?
All help offered by the St. Vincent de Paul Society is confidential. We will be happy to assist you in anyway. Please contact the Parish Office at 724-736-4442 or [email protected].