“A Christian Steward is one who received God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with others, and returns the with increase to the Lord.”
The men and women who comprise the Community Outreach Commission:
- Promote outreach programs with emphasis on social services, pro-life, social justice and community ministries, cooperating with other churches and civic organizations in projects aimed at community improvement.
- Identify and analyze major social problems in the parish as well as in the larger civic community.
- Maintain working contact with resource people and pertinent agencies for problems such as drugs, delinquency, alcoholism, and abuse of family members.
- Promote suitable projects in the areas of economics, politics, and international life.
African-American Affairs Ministry
This ministry helps all parishioners and visitors feel welcome to worship here as often as they choose. Parishioners involved in this ministry identify and respond to the needs of its black parishioners and to welcome black non-Catholics to worship at our Church.
This ministry helps all parishioners and visitors feel welcome to worship here as often as they choose. Parishioners involved in this ministry identify and respond to the needs of its Burmese parishioners and to welcome Burmese non-Catholics to worship at our Church. Contact Cici Lia, Suzanna, Pau Sum, or Mark Khup if you are interested in this ministry.
Feeding the Hungry Ministry ( Food Pantry / Share Sunday)
Meet and work with fellow parishioners who share Christ’s command to feed the hungry is very rewarding. This ministry seeks and helps feed the hungry of our community through the Church’s Food Pantry.
Share Sunday (2nd Sunday of the month) is a way all parishioners can help keep the Food Pantry well stocked by bringing canned and other nonperishable food to Mass. For more information about this ministry and how you can become involved contact Karen Posadas or Osmara Villialobos (704-535-3310).
Respect Life Committee
This ministry promotes respect for all life, especially the weakest and most vulnerable among us, in accordance with the Lord’s words, “Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to Me.”
Its mission is to promote the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death. The group participates annually in the Life Chain, Roses for Life, March for Life, and Spiritual Adoption. Special benefits from this ministry include gaining a greater regard for God’s wonderful gift of life. For more information about this ministry and how you can become involved contact Alice Fabre (980-237-6463).
Sunday Blood Drive
In cooperation with the Community Blood Bank of the Carolinas OLA supports the Red Cross Blood Program by recruiting parishioners to donate each quarter. This ministry is a very personal, corporal act of mercy which benefits many patients. For more information about this ministry and how you can become involved contact Brenda Hernandez (704-535-9965).
Vietnamese Affairs Ministry
Encourages Vietnamese Catholics at OLA to be actively involved in parish and community life. Members hosts Mass and confessions in Vietnamese once a month (Fr. Peter Pham).
They also support the Vietnamese choir. For more information about this ministry and how you can become involved contact Amy Nguyen (704-455-2563).