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HAITI MISSION

The Haiti Mission was founded to support our sister parish in St. Marc, Haiti both spiritually and financially. In particular, we adopted the mission school at Goyavier as our special project. We hold bake sales regularly, as well as other events, to raise money. Mission Statement: By the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the Haiti Ministry exists to serve our sister parish in Haiti by educating their children and aiding in alleviating the suffering caused by poverty and hunger. For more information, please contact Jim & Terri Mascoli at 717-274-3709.

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BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY

It is the mission of the Bereavement Ministry to “console” members of the parish community who have suffered the loss of a loved one.  Bereavement Ministers are compassionate individuals who provide love and care to the grieving, helping to meet their needs during this most difficult time of their faith journey.

We also provide community support in the funeral rites, home visits to the bereaved, a “listening ear,” confidentially, and help in whatever way the bereaved requests.  Examples are prayer support, Holy Communion, child care, meals, grocery shopping, home care services, transportation, and cards and letters of support.  “No member of the faith community should grieve alone”.

For more information, please contact Carol Long at 717-533-4069.

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SOCIETY OF ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

This outreach program assists in feeding the hungry in the City of Lebanon through a network of other church groups coordinated through Lebanon County Christian Ministries (LCCM). Feedings are usually the last Sunday of each month, using another church in the LCCM network as our feeding location. St Vincent De Paul also assists needy families, upon request form the pastor, supports Catholic Charities, and coordinates and conducts food drives. Mission Statement: The mission for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is to alleviate need and suffering. By performing the Gospel’s works of mercy, members work toward charity and justice through collaboration, empowerment and contributions of time and talents. In a mutually supportive environment, volunteers witness God’s love through prayer, reflection and belief that Jesus does hear the cry of the poor, whose faces reveal Him to others. For more information, please contact Jim Huth at 838-3999.

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PRO-LIFE MINISTRY

Mission Statement: As we, the members of the Pro-Life Ministry of St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church, grow in our love for Jesus Christ, we work to proclaim the heart of Christ’s message, the Gospel of Life, in our parish and our community. We actively work for the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. But foremost, we are the voice for the voiceless unborn babies whose lives are at risk from abortion. We strive to achieve these goals through prayer, education, service, and peaceful activism, so that respect for all human life, which is based on the commandments God gave us, becomes everyone’s way of life. For more information, please contact Sandra Paveglio at 838-5243.

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ELIZABETH MINISTRY

Our Mission Statement: St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church’s Elizabeth Ministry mission is to cherish children, encourage families and build community. It is scripturally grounded in the relationship between The Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, and her cousin Elizabeth. The Elizabeth Ministry members minister to women and families by providing spiritual and other support during times of need and celebrating the family through fellowship and worship. We serve meals to families who are welcoming new babies or are experiencing a health crisis. We also host Parents’ Night Out, Children’s Stations of the Cross, Welcome Wagon event and the annual Easter Egg Hunt. For more information, please contact Kathy Sharetzsky at 717-838-2000.

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PRAYER SHAWL MINISTRY

This group knits and/or crochets to create shawls and baptismal stoles. The shawls are given to anyone in need of comfort and prayers. The stoles are given for the baptism of infants. Our Mission: The members of St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church’s Prayer Shawl Ministry prayerfully create prayer shawls for members of our parish and for all those that we findare in need. We offer prayers of comfort and condolences, as well as prayers of celebration. We deliver our prayers, along with the shawls, and welcome anyone who is willing to offer their time and talent to join our prayer shawl group and proclaim the message of Jesus Christ. For more information, please contact Karen Batula 717-376-5192.

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KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

The Michael J. Barrett Knights of Columbus meet once a month on the second Monday of the month at 7pm. We are a Catholic men’s organization that is committed to faith, family, and fraternity in service to the Catholic Church.

Mission Statement: The Knights of Columbus Council 9875 is a fraternal organization of Catholic gentlemen committed to the principles of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism and defense of the priesthood. The Order is consecrated to The Blessed Virgin Mary and is unequivocal in loyalty to the Pope, the Vicar of Christ on earth. Inspired by the New Evangelism, the Order provides opportunities to strengthen spiritual awareness, support the parish and local community, build lasting friendships, and stand always at the ready to defend the Gospel message. We are firmly committed to the protection of human life from conception to natural death; and we are tirelessly dedicated to the preservation and defense of the family.

For more information, please contact Rich Sharetzsky at 717-838-2000

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PARISH COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN

The Council’s purpose is to empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership, and service, and to inspire and promote the Gospel values in a constantly changing world. All women ages 18 and older are invited to the meetings which are held on the second Tuesday of every month (except July and August).

Mission Statement: The mission of the St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women is to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. CCW offers programs with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and the society in the modern world. Members evangelize by example and extend hospitality by working on projects such as hosting receptions following parish celebrations, playing bingo with the elderly residents of Cedar Haven, staging three fundraisers and two spaghetti dinners and an annual Christmas Bazaar, proceeds from which are made available to the parish for any needed improvements, and to support poverty-stricken women in third world war-torn countries.

For more information, please contact Mary Kreider at 717-867-1548