Ministries/LeadershipSocial Responsibility

The primary purposes of the Social Responsibility Commission are to provide a focus on areas of community outreach, advocacy, service and social needs.

PASTORAL COUNCIL MEMBERS: Kim Hardman and Melanie Lemoine 
COMMISSION CO-CHAIRS: Brooke Reynolds and Cathy St. Pierre

Bereavement Food Team

A ministry that provides meals to the families who have lost a loved one.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Volunteers serve as members on one of the four food teams providing a sandwich tray, two side dishes, and two desserts to the bereaved family following funeral service. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Providing food 3-4 times a year, depending on the number of funerals in a year. 
  • CONTACT: Nancy Keaton

Catholic Social Teachings Ministry

A ministry that raises awareness among our parishioners of the Catholic Social Teachings and the relevance of these teachings in our daily lives.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: To discuss Catholic Social teachings at ministry team meetings and to integrate the themes of respecting life from birth to tomb and the dignity of the human person, into all parish ministries and daily living. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Nine monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of each month from August through April at 6:00-7:30 p.m. 
  • CONTACT: Maria Mathews, Chair

Counseling Referral Program

A ministry that provides counseling to individuals and families referred by parish staff and/or school administration.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Volunteers must be board certified social workers who are willing to participate in the Counseling Referral Program. Confidential referrals are made by the pastor or school administration. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Varies according to parish needs and volunteer's availability. 
  • CONTACT: John Bennett

Communion Ministry to the Homebound

A ministry to provide the Eucharist to the homebound.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: 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. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Communion is administered every 4 to 6 weeks, on a rotating schedule with other ministry team members. Schedules are mailed quarterly to team members. 
  • CONTACT: Deacon Chauvin Wilkinson or Angela Falgoust, Co-chair

Communion Ministry to Long-Term Care Facilities

A ministry to provide the Eucharist to residents of long-term care facilities.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Participation in and set up for Masses and communion services; taking communion to residents once a month. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Volunteers in this ministry are scheduled to provide the Eucharist to residents of long-term care facilities once a month, according to rotating schedules. 
  • CONTACT: Deacon Chauvin Wilkinson

Dignity of Life Ministry

Provides positive messages of respecting life from conception to natural death.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Planning activities relative to four major programs each year: 1) the annual Bishop’s March for Life in January; 2) an elective program for the youth of the parish; 3) an elective program for the elderly; 4) topics chosen from the Dignity of Life issues of Child Abuse, Contraception, Domestic Violence, Embryonic Stem Cell Research, Euthanasia, Health Care For the Poor, Human Cloning, or Human Trafficking. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Organizational meeting in the Fall of each year; all other meetings scheduled as needed, depending on program activities of the four major programs. 
  • CONTACT: Ross McCalip (Respect Life)

Food Bank 

A ministry that promotes the involvement of parishioners in the donation of food at Sunday Mass for the Baton Rouge Food Bank.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Weekly collection from the baskets in church of donated food items and delivery to the Food Bank. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Volunteers are assigned 1-2 weeks within the year for pick up of food from the church and delivery of food to the Food Bank. One social is planned each year to allow volunteers to meet each other. 
  • CONTACT: Krista Haefner, Chair or Wanda Townsend, Co-chair

Gentle Hands

This ministry ministers to families who have suffered the death of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth, early infant loss or other tragedies.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Attending organizational meetings to determine ways to offer support and to plan healing events for families suffering the loss of a child. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Varies according to the needs of families. 
  • CONTACT: Margaret Patton

Giving Tree

A ministry that provides gifts and basic personal items during Advent to people in need.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Identifying needs of the ministries, making ornaments, collecting and distributing gifts, and wrapping gifts. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: One planning meeting in October. This ministry completes its yearly ministry in early December. Commitment varies according to volunteer’s availability. 
  • CONTACT: Arline Mistretta or Traci Blanchard

Good Samaritans

A ministry that provides meals to families in need.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Organizing and implementing the preparation and delivery of meals to families needing prepared meals for a limited time period. Twice a year this ministry holds a frozen food drive. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Varies according to volunteer's availability. 
  • CONTACT:  Cristyn Hodges

Habitat for Humanity

A ministry that provides assistance in building homes.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Working on a construction project or at Habitat Restore. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Varies according to volunteer's availability. Work dates to be determined. 
  • 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.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Participating in the programs of the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge, which include: serving noon meals two to three times a year during weeks St. Aloysius is assigned to serve at the Holy Grill soup kitchen in north Baton Rouge; attending the annual Community Prayer Breakfast in the fall; providing Christmas gifts for children at Holy Grill through St. Aloysius Giving Tree Ministry; promoting and attending Interfaith Federation events; serving on Federation committees if interested; serving as a parish delegate to the Federation if interested; and in any other way assistance is requested. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: One parish organizational meeting in the fall to introduce participants to Federation programs. Time commitment depends on requirements of chose program. Volunteers for Holy Grill are recruited several weeks before each assigned week of service in the year.
  • CONTACT: Christina Riquelmy or Elizabeth Walsh (Holy Grill)

Just Faith

A ministry that promotes and supports small faith group processes, which include scripture, the Church’s historical witness, theological inquiry and church social teachings.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Team members choose from a variety of topics offered by the Just Faith National Office and facilitated by team members. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: One planning meeting during the summer months. Other commitments/meetings vary according to parishioner’s interest, choice of topics and the availability of facilitators.
  • CONTACT: Thomas Telhiard

LSU Lunch Bunch 

A ministry that provides lunch to LSU students at Christ the King Student Center.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Organizing, planning and serving meals once or twice per semester. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Varies according to volunteer's availability. 
  • CONTACT: Natalie Himmel or Carly Thames

Personal Loss Support Groups

A ministry of individual support groups for those who have suffered through separation, divorce, loss of a loved one, or family crises (i.e., Alzheimer’s disease).

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Meet with peers to offer and receive support due to personal loss. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Participate in support group meetings as scheduled and as needed.
  • CONTACT: Angela Falgoust (Grief support) or Angela Falgoust (Separated/Divorce Support)

Prayer Shawl Ministry 

A ministry that provides comfort to distressed persons through the prayers and handicrafts of others.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Meetings held on the First and Thursday of each month to pray, knit and/or crochet. No experience in crocheting or knitting is necessary. All are welcome to join them. Parish Library in the parish administration building.
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Monthly meetings and whatever extra time the volunteer thinks is needed to complete their Prayer Shawl. 
  • CONTACT: Rebecca Valadie or Joyce Boone

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.   Information on Kairos at Angola.  

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:  Members serving the residents of Angola State Prison through the Kairos prison ministry program. Opportunities include participating in training and the Angola retreats, baking cookies or preparing letters and children’s art Agape. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS:  Time required varies according to volunteer’s availability. Three Kairos camp retreats are scheduled at Angola each year in the spring, summer, and fall. 
  • Article: Ministry helps prisoners find meaing through faith
  • CONTACT: Rick Blackstone or Matthew Zylicz, Co-Chair

Prison Ministry at Dixon Correctional Facility 

A ministry that provides spiritual growth opportunities and support to individuals incarcerated at Dixon Correctional Facility.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Visiting the prisoners on Friday evenings at the correctional facility.
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Approximately two hours at least once a month for a visit to the facility-this includes participation in a Eucharistic service and discussion group.
  • CONTACT: Jeanie and David Bondy

St. Aloysius Cantera Mission (Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua) 

An outreach ministry providing ongoing sisterhood through education, medicine, urban agriculture, labor, and professional consulting (such as architecture and engineering which could be done on site at Cantera Mission and also from home in Baton Rouge).  Parishioners 18 years of age and older and parishioners of different professional backgrounds are encouraged to participate in this ministry to help Cantera to achieve its mission of creating a more just, equitable and sustainable society in Nicaragua through community development and popular education.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: A mission trip(s) to Cantera Mission in Sandino, Nicaragua to build relationships and hope with the people, to identify specific needs by area and assist them in those needs, particularly in the youth community center, farms, and schools. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: One week to 10 day trip(s) to Cantera Mission in Sandino, Nicaragua; time commitment for other events for planning and future home professional consulting will vary according to volunteer’s availability. 
  • CONTACT: Alvin Raetzsch or Amy Pizzolato

Society of St. Vincent de Paul 

A ministry that provides assistance to those in need.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Attending monthly SVDP meetings and serving on a team to visit the needy within the geographical boundaries of St. Aloysius Parish. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Attending monthly meetings and making home visits on a 4-6 week rotation basis. Each rotation generally involves a 4-6 hour commitment. 
  • The St Vincent DePaul E-Newsletter,  excellent testimony presented to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform by SVDP, USCCB, and Catholic Charities on Criminal Justice Reform.   

  • The St Vincent DePaul E-Newsletter

  • CONTACT: Frank Endom

St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Ladies Ministry 

A ministry that provides for the spiritual needs of the women sheltered at the St. Vincent de Paul Homeless Shelter.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Meeting with the ladies at the homeless shelter for a structured, facilitated spiritual hour of reading the Word and praying together. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Volunteers are organized into teams of  2; one team visits the shelter each Friday from 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. 
  • CONTACT: Angela Falgoust

Stephen Ministry 

A ministry of trained lay ministers who serve as one-to-one caregivers 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. Stephen Ministers are called the “after people” as they offer support after a crisis situation occurs.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Attend all training sessions. Two year commitment to ministry. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Training sessions once a week for 2 ½ hrs for 50 hours of training; occasional Saturday trainings or retreats, and twice monthly meetings for continuing education and supervision (2.5 hrs) 
  • CONTACT: Marie Hebert or Bob Schoen

Thanksgiving Baskets 

A ministry that organizes the donation of food at Thanksgiving to those in need.

  • RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE: Buying and delivering the food items chosen, to the family in need, in time for Thanksgiving. 
  • TIME COMMITMENT/MEETINGS: Parishioner sets up a day/time to deliver the food items in the Thanksgiving basket to the family in need. 
  • CONTACT: Melanie Lemoine