This ministry group looks beyond the parish to respond to the needs of the greater community. As a tithing parish we share our resources with our broader community. The Community Life ministry group determines how our resources are shared with organizations who serve those in need. This ministry group also serves as a liaison to the following community groups which it supports. The group helps to promote volunteerism, runs parish-wide food drives, blood drives, etc. The current Chairpersons for the Community Life Ministry are Dave & Jeanne Gerhardt, 828-328-4748.
Some of the activities involved in Community Life include:
Adult Mission Trips
This is an opportunity for the adults of our parish to take a step out of their comfort zone by spending 4-7 days on a trip together serving the less fortunate. The goal is to join with other Catholics and to stay within the United States for these missions. Coordinator: Dave Gerhardt
A list of needs from various agencies in the community is acquired for gifts. These needs are then placed on a tree for parishioners to fulfill. The group meets to decorate angels, record needs on the angel cards, and to sort gifts for delivery to the designated agency. Coordinator: Kerri Foret
Volunteers coordinate with the American Red Cross for blood drives. Volunteers are needed to staff the drive and bake cookies for the canteen. Blood drives are generally scheduled for January, May, and September. Coordinator: Judy Abernethey
Cooperative Christian Ministry
Volunteers obtain lists of needs from Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM). They publicize drives in the parish bulletin then deliver the donations to CCM. St. Aloysius food drives are held each year in April, August, and December. St. Aloysius also participates in the “Harvest of Hope” walk to help raise funds. Coordinators: Jeanne & Dave Gerhardt
Pregnancy Care Center
This pro-life Christian ministry is dedicated to serving women, their families, and partners who come seeking help in making decisions about their pregnancies. They provide several programs offering a variety of support services. St. Aloysius parishioners participate in the PCC “Walk for Life” to help raise funds. Coordinators: Jeanne Gerhardt & Kim Walters
Parishioners organize various drives to obtain food, clothing, and toiletries to support the Salvation Army Shelter.
Family Care Center
The mission of the Family Care Center is to serve homeless families with dependent children through an emergency and transitional residential program. They offer physical, emotional, social and educational services to assist families in the transition to becoming self-sufficient.
Habitat for Humanity
This group is responsible for encouraging St. Aloysius parishioners to serve as volunteers to work with other area churches in assisting to build a home for a family. Volunteers assist with construction work, finishing work, and landscaping. At the end of the project, volunteers and the family attend a dedication ceremony. A small group works every Wednesday and Saturday when there is work to do on a Habitat house. In September, a “Building on Faith Blitz Week” is held during which parishioners come out to work whatever day(s) they are able. Coordinator: Dick Flanegin
Volunteers help to serve lunch at the Hickory Soup Kitchen. The program includes preparing brown bag lunches for the weekend. Other events include Souper Bowl Sunday, a youth fundraising event for the Soup Kitchen.
Volunteers work with Hospice on special assignments as needed, and bring the Holy Eucharist to patients who are St. Aloysius parishioners.
Family Guidance Center
This center provides counseling and supportive services to individuals and families experiencing emotional difficulties or other life stresses. Services include: counseling, First Step for Spouse Abuse, the Battered Women’s Shelter, consumer credit card counseling, parenting education and support, shelter services, and community education. Volunteers play an important role in helping the Center meet the many needs that arise.