The primary purposes of the Social Responsibility Commission are to provide a focus on areas of community outreach, advocacy, service and social needs.
This ministry provides support and food to families during their time of loss. The chair of the bereavement committee is notified when services are requested. At times we assist with visitation prior to the funeral mass and provide food based on requests from the family. Committee members will be notified via email and can sign up to assist or provide a food item.
- CONTACT: Kristy Roubique
Communion Ministry to the Homebound
After the appropriate formation, lay ministers administer communion and deliver the weekly bulletin to up to six homebound St. Aloysius parishioners who reside within the church parish. Quarterly rotation schedules are prepared providing weekly visits to those in need.
CONTACT: Deacon Chauvin Wilkinson
Communion Ministry to Long-Term Care Facilities
After the appropriate formation, lay ministers are scheduled to provide the Eucharist to residents of long-term care facilities once a month, according to a rotating schedule.
CONTACT: Deacon Chauvin Wilkinson
Counseling Referral Program
Board certified social workers participate in this ministry for parishioners who need professional guidance but cannot afford to receive it on their own. Cost to the parishioner is subsidized on a sliding scale. Confidential referrals are made by our clergy and other ministry leaders who are made aware of the need.
CONTACT: John Bennett, Angela Falgoust
Dignity of Life Ministry
This ministry provides education resources to share the beautiful teachings of the Church on the dignity of human life from conception until natural death and encourages parishioners to participate in local and parish pro-life events. It strives to promote opportunities to help build a Culture of Life., including speaker events covering related topics.
CONTACT: Ross McCalip, Sam Mistretta
Help us support the Baton Rouge Food Bank! Volunteers collect food that is generously donated by parishioners as they come into Church. The volunteers, who are assigned 1-2 times a year, deliver the food to the Baton Rouge Food Bank.
CONTACT: Krista Haefner, Chair or Wanda Townsend, Co-chair
A peer ministry to families who have suffered the death of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, early infant loss or other tragedies. Organizational meetings to determine ways to offer support and to plan healing events for families suffering the loss of a child are held periodically during the year. A remembrance service is held once a year.
A ministry that provides gifts and basic personal items to people in need, twice a year – at Christmas and again in July. This ministry identifies needs, makes ornaments, collects, wraps, and distributes gifts. A planning meeting is held annually in October. The majority of the time given to this ministry is in early December. Commitment varies with a volunteer’s availability.
CONTACT: Arline Mistretta or Traci Blanchard
This ministry provides meals to families in crisis situations. Responsibilities include organizing and implementing the preparation and delivery of meals to families needing prepared meals for a limited time period.
CONTACT: Cristyn Mayeux Dyess, Stacey Zeringue
Habitat for Humanity
St. Aloysius is part of the Catholic Coalition Build. This group of eight parishes builds one or two homes a year with Habitat for Humanity. Volunteers are needed for the build and for the Habitat Re-Store.
CONTACT: Kim Boudreaux
Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge
The Federation is made up of member congregations from various Christian denominations as well as other faith traditions. Volunteers participate in programs which include serving noon meals two times a year at the Holy Grill soup kitchen in north Baton Rouge as well as other programs and events scheduled throughout the year.
CONTACT: Susan Hymel CONTACT: Elizabeth Walsh, Holy Grill
A ministry that promotes and supports small faith group processes, which include scripture, the Church’s historical witness, theological inquiry and church social teachings. Team members choose from a variety of topics offered by the Just Faith National Office and facilitated by team members. One planning meeting during the summer months.
CONTACT: Thomas Telhiard
LSU Lunch Bunch
Local Church parishes, including St. Aloysius, rotate serving a weekly free student lunch at Christ the King Student Center when LSU is in session, once each semester. You may volunteer to cook lasagna, bake desserts, or serve the meal.
CONTACT: Carly Thames or Lacey Schonacher
Personal Loss Support Groups
A ministry of peer support groups for those who have suffered through separation, divorce, loss of a loved one, or family crises (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease).
CONTACT: Angela Falgoust
Prayer Shawl Ministry
A ministry that creates physical gifts of prayer to others in need of comfort through knitting, crocheting, sewing, or quilting items such as shawls and hats for cancer patients and others. No experience is necessary and is easy to learn. Materials and instructions are provided. Optional semi-monthly gatherings are held the second and fourth Thursday of each month for fellowship, pattern, and idea sharing.
CONTACT: Joyce Boone or Lynn Lastrapes
Prison Ministry at Angola State Prison-Kairos
A ministry that provides spiritual growth opportunities and support through weekend retreats for incarcerated men at Angola State Prison through Kairos prison ministry program. Opportunities include participating in training and the Angola retreats, baking cookies or preparing letters and children’s art Agape.
CONTACT: Rick Blackstone or Matt Zylicz
Prison Ministry at Dixon Correctional Facility
You can make a difference to individuals incarcerated at Dixon Correctional by providing spiritual growth opportunities and support. Volunteers visit the prisoners on Friday evenings at the correctional facility for approximately two hours at least once a month. The visit includes a Eucharistic service and discussion group.
CONTACT: Jeanie and David Bondy
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
A ministry that provides assistance to the needy within the geographical boundaries of St. Aloysius Parish. Attending monthly SVdP meeting and serving on a team to visit those requesting assistance. Team members make home visits once every 5 weeks on a rotation basis. Each rotation generally involves a 4-6 hour commitment. A parish wide annual “Fill Up the Truck(s)!” drive is coordinated through the ministry on behalf of SVdP and many ministry members participate in this event on a voluntary basis.
CONTACT: Kim Hardman
St. Aloysius Cantera Mission
A ministry of parishioners 18 years of age and older, of different professional backgrounds who are encouraged to participate to help Cantera achieve its mission of creating a more just, equitable and sustainable society in Nicaragua through community development and popular education. A mission trip to Cantera Mission in Managua, Nicaragua once or twice a year for 7-10 days is made to build relationships and hope with the people and to identify specific needs.
CONTACT: Alvin Raetzsch or Amy Pizzolato
St. Vincent de Paul Ladies Prayer and Scriptural Sharing
A ministry that provides for the spiritual needs of the women at the St. Vincent de Paul Day Shelter. Ministry volunteers meet with the ladies at the facility located at 1623 Convention Street, Baton Rouge, La. 70802, for a spiritual hour of reading the Word, meditating and praying together. Volunteers are organized into teams of two. One team plans and facilitates the hour and visits each Friday from 10am-11am. Time commitment is no more than once a month.
CONTACT: Kay Hoffpauir
A lay ministry that supplements pastoral care. The program teaches lay persons to provide one-on-one care to individuals facing a variety of crises or life challenges, such as hospitalization, chronic illness, job loss, grief, divorce, cancer, financial difficulties or other life struggles. Persons interested in this ministry receive training once a week for approximately three months.
This ministry provides meals to families on Thanksgiving Day and is a great family ministry. You can volunteer to buy, organize and deliver a Thanksgiving Basket to a needy family. Parishioner sets up a day and time to deliver the food items in the Thanksgiving basket to the family in need.
CONTACT: Kristen Pasquier