Our Outreach Ministries give St. Charles parishioners the opportunity to share the faith and resources with those in need, both within the parish and in the broader community. Building on the Church’s strong tradition of reaching out to others, these ministries provide critical emotional and financial support.
- Afghan (blanket) Ministry – This Ministry crochets or knits blankets for Heartbeat, Nursing Homes and other folks in need. Anyone who crochets or knits can be a part and there is no time limit on when they need to be finished. When complete, they can be taken to the parish office to distribute to the needy. The contact person is Sue Groves at 419-229-7177.
- Bereavement Support Group – The Bereavement Support Group is a new ministry beginning Fall of 2017 at St Charles. It offers help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. You don’t have to go through the grieving process alone.
GriefShare is a support group who meet weekly and are led by people who understand what you are going through and want to help. You’ll gain access to valuable GriefShare resources to help you recover from your loss so you can begin to rebuild your life. For more information, check out the website www.griefshare.org and then contact Sr. Yvonne at the parish office 419-228-7635 or email her by clicking here.
- The Care and Concern Ministry – provides beverages and snack food items to the funeral homes for the visitations hours of bereaved parishioners. Typically, volunteers provide a case of water, baked goods, a box of chips as well as a sympathy card from the parish. Typically volunteers are asked to help 3-4 times a year. Mary Niese is the contact person at 567-204-0141, or click here to email her.
- Celebrate Recovery Group – Celebrate Recovery is a Christ-centered, 12-step recovery program based on the teaching of Jesus Christ, for anyone dealing with compulsive or addictive behavior or a codependent relationship. The meetings take place at a variety of area locations. For more information about the Lima Collaborative Celebrate Recovery groups please click here to go to our website CelebraterRecoveryLima.webs.com. You can also call Sandy Monfort 419-204-7022 or email her by clicking here.
- Christian Corner Community Center – Christian Corner Community Center, 1601 McClain St, offers meals and fellowship to those in need. It is primarily funded by our Parish. It is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:30-2:00. Approximately 1000 lunch meals are served monthly. Clothing is also available to those in need. All are welcome to help serve meals and provide hospitality. Contact Melissa Hance at 419-222-4425 for more information.
- Divorced/Separated Catholic Support Group The Divorced Catholic Recovering from Divorce program is specifically designed to help divorced/separated Catholics. This 13-week program offers support and addresses the most pressing challenges of divorce. The program is designed to help divorced/separated Catholics recover by more fully learning and living their faith. Sessions will focus on praying in time of distress, managing anger, staying close to the sacraments, children, self-worth, forgiveness, hope for the future and other issues.
Contact Dr. Rosalyn Liston at 419-999-4210 or for further information click here to email her.
- Family Promise – Family Promise is a faith-based agency working with various community partners, dedicated to helping homeless families achieve and sustain independence by providing help, hope and a safe haven as they seek suitable employment and housing. About 4 times a year for one week, St Charles provides a week of overnight lodging, meals, and hospitality to families. Job training for families occurs during the day at the Family Promise Center 129 S. Pierce St.
Volunteers are needed in a variety of ways: to provide reminder calls to the volunteers as to the date/time/responsibilities, to set up rooms prior to families arrival and later clean up, as greeters on Sunday afternoon to meet the families, as callers to solicit groceries and then to transport the groceries to the Family Promise Center, cooking and serving meals, assistance with laundry, playing with the children and staying overnight with the family. Volunteers are required to register online with Virtus through the Toledo Diocese. More information is available at the Family Promise website by clicking here. You can also email Ruth Fosnaugh by clicking here or contact her by phone at 419-228-7635.
- Funeral Ministry – The Funeral Ministry provides a variety of opportunities to volunteer. Some assist in cooking meals, set-up, serving meals and clean up for a luncheon provided to families following the funeral of their loved one. The meals are in the church lower level. Volunteers are asked on a rotating basis. Another part of this ministry involves making desserts at home for this luncheon. There are also volunteers who meet with the family of the deceased to plan the funeral. One can also volunteer for the funeral choir. For more information email Ruth Fosnaugh by clicking here or contact her by phone at 419-228-7635.
- Give-A-Christmas – Give-A-Christmas is an annual project done by St Charles Parish to assist families in need during the holiday season. Large onion-type bags are distributed during the Sunday Masses 2 weekends before Christmas. Parishioners and friends are asked to return the bags the next weekend with non-perishable food items. Additional perishable food is added to the bags before delivery. Last year approximately 700 bags with a week’s supply of food were donated to needy families. Lima community organizations distributed the bags. Besides filling a bag with food, many volunteers are needed the weekend before Christmas to organize and ready the bags. If interested, email Mark Stolly by clicking here.
- Habitat for Humanity – Habitat for Humanity-Lima Area, Inc. is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seek to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope. There are many opportunities for volunteering: both skilled and unskilled for help with various building projects, helping with food on days when others work on house site, serving on the board and committees, monetary donations, help at the ReStore, and many more. More information is on their website: www.habitatlima.org Contact person is Dave Gratz, 419-999-5090, email@example.com
- Harvest for the Hungry – Harvest for the Hungry, which officially began in 1994, is a massive annual campaign for hunger relief. St. Charles partners with Shawnee United Methodist Church, area businesses, and individuals to raise money for millions of pounds of food for the West Ohio Food Bank. The West Ohio Food Bank’s buying power is much better than we can do at the grocery store. They will deliver about six and a half million pounds of food this year to about 170 agencies, shelters, soup kitchens and pantries in our 11 county service area thus providing food for over 45,000 individuals in need in the Lima area. Fund drives occur in November. For more information, their website is HarvestForTheHungry.net or email Father Kent Kaufman by clicking here.
- Heartbeat/ProLife – Heartbeat of Lima provides a variety of services for pregnant women in need. They can provide pregnancy testing/ultrasounds, support and counseling, education, and as well as practical assistance, and referrals. Physical items such as clothing, formula and baby items are available. Heartbeat also provides educational services to schools. They can utilize volunteers in a variety of ways: answering phones, office assistance, data input, organizing fundraising activities, administering pregnancy tests and counseling (RNs only), and more. For more information, click here to check out the Heartbeat website and view Heartbeat Supporters for volunteer information or email Heartbeat by clicking here.
- Network of Prayer – The St Charles Parish Intercessory Prayer Ministry began 15 years ago by Dennie and Judy Horlander and Jerry and Sharon Laurent. Intercessory prayer is simply praying to God on behalf of others and is very powerful. Individuals agree to pray daily for the requested special intentions. The parish bulletin has instructions for sending in prayer requests. Confidentially and anonymity is respected by the coordinators. When the coordinators receive a prayer request, the request is emailed out to the prayer partners who begin praying for the need requested. The prayer request list is also mailed out at the first of the month to anyone wishing to pray but do not have access to a computer. If one has a prayer request or is interested in this ministry, call the Laurents 419-331-1763, or click here to email them. You can reach the Horlanders by phone at 419-999-5536. You can also click here to email Judy or click here to email Dennie.
Pastoral Care Ministry – Do you need to add joy to your life? Join our Pastoral Care Ministry as we bring the Parish’s presence and the Eucharist to the Catholics in our Nursing Homes and to the Homebound.
As trained Extraordinary Ministers of the Eucharist, we commit ourselves to ongoing formation, and time spent each month in this ministry. It is a ministry we can do alone or with a spouse or friend. This ministry adds joy to anyone’s life!
Ministry at each Nursing Home varies depending on the ability and the number of Catholic residences. Catholics may gather each Sunday in a chapel or room for a Communion Service or the minister may visit individuals in their rooms. Ordinarily, we minister on weekends and 1st Fridays but that can be adjusted to meet everyone’s needs.
Please join this Outreach Ministry of compassion, presence and listening.
- Prison Ministry – The Prison Ministry is part of a team that collaborates with other parishes across Ohio and visits Allen Correctional Institution to offer Catholic retreats. The team presents a day and a half retreat four times a year. They also assist in a Saturday afternoon Mass for the inmates four times a year. St Charles has been active in the ministry for 12 years. One common sentiment among the team members is that they gain as much as the inmates spiritually from the retreat. The typical retreat team consists of 25 people with ages ranging from college students to married couples to retirees. St Charles hosts the out of town team members overnight.
You can volunteer by assisting with lunch and hospitality for the team members or if interested can join the retreat team. If interested, click here to contact Jerry Kesner by email or call him at 419-230-5577.
- Social Concerns Committee – The Social Concerns Committee’s goal is to raise awareness of a variety of social issues. They post pertinent information on the church’s bulletin board. They also have projects such as collecting goodies for Easter baskets, collecting mittens and gloves as well as backpacks for the poor. Volunteers can assist with organizing and distributing the above projects to the needy. The committee meets monthly in the church lower level. If interested, click here to contact Deacon Jim Bronder or phone him at 419-236-3164.
- St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry – St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry provides a three day supply of food to those in need. Volunteers make appointments by phone for clients, fill boxes or bags with food following a list that provides a balanced diet, help with registering clients as they come in to pick up food or help unload boxes of food to keep the pantry stocked. Some tasks require computer skills and some require lifting approximately thirty pounds. The Pantry is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1-3 PM starting on the 10th of the month. Volunteers work from 12:45 until 3:15 on the days the Pantry is open. Many work just one day each month. The Pantry is located at 928 S. Main St. If interested in this ministry, contact Alice Giesken at 419-979-9638 or click here to email her.
- West Ohio Food Bank – The West Ohio Food Bank is a non-profit organization that provides food to folks in need in an 11 county area of Northwest Ohio. It is located at 1380 E. Kibby St, Lima. It provides food to children at risk through the Backpack Program and food to qualified seniors through the Senior Box Program. Volunteers are needed in a variety of ways: sorting and packing/assembling food and office assistance. For more information, visit www.westohiofoodbank.org by clicking here or contact Linda Hamilton by phone at 419-222-7946 or email her by clicking here.