Outreach: Embracing the Call to Care
St. Paul is an active member of the Bloomington social services community, and we embrace the call to care for the most vulnerable members of God’s family. A number of opportunities are described below. Thank you for your interest in helping us fulfill our mission.
Coordinators: Eileen Schellhammer and Deanna Turner
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Share the joy of Christmas with others by giving gifts to families in need in the Bloomington community during the Christmas season. Thirty-five sponsor families are needed to work with one or two families who have requested assistance. Time commitment is approximately two to three hours during Advent.
Peace and Justice
Coordinator: Mary Clare Bauman
Beginning with prayer and reflection, we aim to be a parish activist group inspired and guided by the principles of Catholic social teaching: Life and dignity of the human person; call to family, community, and participation; rights of workers; solidarity; and care for God’s creation. We raise awareness and encourage action, work with groups both local and beyond, and hold membership in Pax Christi USA. Currently we are meeting virtually on a monthly basis. We welcome any faculty, staff, student or resident parishioner interested in joining us.
St. Paul’s Shawls
Coordinator: Mary Alice Hoover
We provide comfort, support and prayers for newly baptized babies, cancer patients, and others in need of healing in our parish and in the Bloomington community by knitting, crocheting and sewing blankets, shawls, and wraps to convey, in a very tangible way, our concern and prayers for those who need either spiritual or physical healing. The group meets monthly.
St. Vincent de Paul Society
Coordinators: Ron Kofmehl and Jo Gilbertson
Phone: 812-361-5451 (Ron) 812-219-5566 (Jo)
Seeking a way to help others? The St. Vincent de Paul Society is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to serving, with dignity and compassion, those who are in need. Volunteers staff telephone hotlines, make home visits, provide referrals to other social service agencies, and offer financial assistance in some instances. Warehouse volunteers collect donated furniture and appliances and distribute those items to clients in need.