This ministry seeks to strengthen and promote healthy parish families while assisting them in times of need. Family Ministry provides education and information through speakers, activities, and bulletin announcements. Parishioners can take advantage of numerous events sponsored by the group, including St. Nick at Night, Tables for Two, Adoption Is an Option, Family Fun Run, and Marriage Day festivities. Family Ministry also participates in Family Feeding Families and publishes the Faith Integration Action Team newsletter distributed to St. Robert’s School families. Time commitment for participants in each event varies. Family Ministry organizers meet on the second Monday of each month and commit 10 hours per month for their work.
Volunteers travel to care centers to recite the chaplet of Divine Mercy and show DVD's on the life of St. Faustina with the patients. Saint Faustina serves as a constant reminder of the message to trust in Jesus' endless mercy, and to live life mercifully toward others. She gives us a powerful example of persistence in prayer. We recite the Divine Chaplet every Friday following the 8:30 Mass for the homebound of our parish and around the world. Consult the website for more information and how to become involved.
On the first Sunday of each month, Families Feeding Families collects and delivers non-perishable food items contributed by parishioners to the Juan Diego Food Pantry at 31st and Q streets in south Omaha. Empty bags are distributed on the previous Sunday as a reminder to bring something the following weekend. Parishioners return them filled with food contributions (typically there are 75 filled bags even before the Saturday evening Mass). Depending on the vehicles they have available, two or three people load, deliver, and help to unload 300 or more bags of groceries monthly. A two-hour commitment monthly is common.
Memorare is an organization of mothers who have experienced the death of a child, and its ministry is to assist other bereaved mothers. Mothers support each other through prayer, sharing, and friendship. Memorare mothers attend the 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Robert’s on the first Saturday each month, and then have coffee together at a member’s home. Time commitment is generally two hours monthly.
Volunteers assist the St. Robert’s priest with Mass each Wednesday morning at the Montclair Nursing Home. Volunteers prepare the room, assist with the Mass, and help residents with limited mobility in getting to and from the dining room where Mass is celebrated. It involves considerable walking and pushing wheelchairs. Time required is two to three hours or more weekly throughout the year.
This Catholic lay organization leads women and men to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering. It is the world’s oldest charitable organization addressing the emergencies of people in need. It follows Christ’s admonition to go out in the world two-by-two and perform His exhortation to assist those less fortunate. Members, known as Vincentians, provide assistance to those with emergency financial problems funded through two special offertory collections at Thanksgiving and Ash Wednesday. Services also include a clothing drive, pantry, and monthly bingo for veterans. New people are always needed and can set their own time commitment.
The Vocation Committee prays for and encourages discernment for vocations from St. Robert’s and the Archdiocese through spirituality and publicity among parishioners. It provides information in the parish bulletin related to vocations, and it promotes the annual World Sunday of Prayer for Vocations on the third Sunday of Easter and the 31 Club (where each day of every month, one of our parishioners prays for vocations). It also recommends speakers for St. Robert’s seventh and eighth graders’ Vocation Awareness Week, attends priest and deacon ordinations, and organizes excursions to local seminaries and motherhouses. Meets six times each year for an hour on Saturday mornings, and members give an average of up to two hours each month to their work.
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