Pastoral Care & Community Life Commission


For God has called man and still calls him so that with his entire being he might be joined to Him in an endless sharing of a divine life beyond all corruption.” (Gaudium et Spes, n. 18). The Pastoral Care and Community Life Commission exists to facilitate communication and dialogue among the numerous ministries and organizations operating within the life of the parish, cooperating with the leadership of the existing ministries to identify social and ministerial needs of the members of Christ’s body and is led by Parish Council Commissioners Susan Plunkett and Cornelius Ani

African Community of St. Lawrence is composed of those with familial ties to Africa, offering them a local community atmosphere of hospitality and prayer. Contact Cornelius Ani.

Annulment Case Sponsors are volunteers trained by the Archdiocese who help lead others through the church marriage annulment process with compassionate and informed guidance. Contact Deacon Terry Millinger.

Arise Together in Christ Team works together to promote Renew International’s Arise process to parishioners of all ages by forming Small Christian Communities. Contact Kelly Schreckenberger.

Care for the Troops is a ministry of prayer and support to members of the military and their families. Contact Lori Crocker.

College Age Ministry offers young adults, ages 18-22 a place to come together, grow in faith, and share life experience. Contact Michelle Hamilton.

Christ Renews His Parish  (CRHPretreats are held twice a year for men and twice a year for women-building friendships and a common faith retreat experience shared among parishioners. Contact Deacon Bob Riddett.

Cursillo is a short course in Christianity that offers a vision of human love, charity, and genuine friendship centered on the Eucharist. The spirit of the weekend is intended to be relived in small group reunions and Ultreya, the monthly gathering of all Cursillistas. Contact Glenn Zipfel.

Grief Ministry offers workshops and meetings to those experiencing grief through death or loss. Contact Barb Kennedy.

Knights of Columbus is an order of Catholic men dedicated to the ideas of charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism. Membership available to Catholic men 18 years and older. Contact Bob Burns.

Helping Hands volunteers prepare meals for parishioners in times of need, assist with transportation to Mass or medical appointments, or help with parish office work.  All talents are welcomed! Contact Sister Louise Sommer.

Ladies of St. Lawrence brings all women of the parish together to develop Christian friendships through social activities, and parish and community outreach. Contact Frances Alkire.

Lazarus Ministry members are available to help bereaved parishioners plan funerals, and provide food and hospitality to mourners whenever possible. Contact Sister Louise Sommer or Mary Lee Payton.

Senior Adult Ministry (SAM) is a social group of those who are both comfortable with, and like to socialize with, people over the age of 55. Contact Sister Louise Sommer.

Shawl Ministry is a group of parishioners who enjoy knitting and crocheting that come together to make prayer shawls for those who are experiencing suffering. Contact Miriam Schaefer.

Small Christian Community Leaders lead groups of 10-12 parishioners who gather twice a year at homes for six weeks to participate in Arise, share life experiences, and develop the kind of friendships and caring that bring the Church alive in a smaller setting. New communities are formed in the fall and in the spring. Contact Marianne VanName.

Sponsor Couples for the Engaged are married couples who meet with engaged couples over several weeks sharing stories and experiences from their own marriage and family life. Contact Bob and Joy Hernandez.

Stephen Ministry leaders are trained laypeople who provide Christian care to members of our congregation. The team of skilled caregivers are equipped to bring Christ’s healing love to those experiencing grief, a crisis, or other life stressors. Contact Trudy Turner. For more information on Stephen Ministry, click here.

WEDS/ Marriage Encounter begins with a weekend enrichment experience held at local hotels for couples with good marriages. Couples who have experienced a Marriage Encounter meet monthly in the WEDS group. Contact Bob and Joy Hernandez.

Welcoming Committee greets and assists new parishioners after Sunday mass each weekend, and organizes newcomers’ socials throughout the year. Contact Betty Canfield.

Wellness Ministry allows parishioners in the healthcare professions to share their expertise in promoting wellness, including blood drives, health screenings, and community outreach. Contact Sister Louise Sommer.

Widows Social Group meets regularly offering support, friendship, life experience, and camaraderie with, and for, other widows. Contact Lynn Gormley.

Volleyball teams for girls in 5-6th grade and 7-8th grade are formed each summer to play against other parish teams throughout the Archdiocese. Volunteers are needed to help coach and assist with practices. Contact Amy Hamilton.

Young Adult Ministry brings together those 21-39 years old, single or married, for fellowship, study, and service. Contact Nicole Moody.

Young Families of Faith is designed around young married couples and families with young children (infant-5th grade). Social gatherings take place twice a month at church–nursery is provided. Contact Jessica Thornhill or Julie Donlin.