The Christian Action Commission acts upon the gospel mandate to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, find shelter for the homeless, visit the lonely and care for all those in need. Through the many parish service projects, which originate from and are organized by this commission, the parish actively participates in Christian service and outreach to those in need within our local community. The Christian Action Commission also seeks to educate the parish community on issues pertaining to life, peace, health and justice. Parishioners are always welcome to become Christian Action Members or to participate in any of the following ministries. If you are interested in learning more about the Christian Action Commission, please contact Linda Fitzpatrick.
Recently members of the Christian Action Commission shared a meal with Bishop Kevin Rhoades and residents of Dismas House. Parishioners are invited to join members of the Christian Action Commission every other month in preparing and sharing a meal with residents. If you would be interested in this ministry, please call Linda Fitzpatrick at the parish office for more information.
The South Bend, Indiana, Dismas House was organized through the efforts of a task group of the United Religious Community of St. Joseph County (URC). URC volunteers were involved in a visitation program, Inmate-Outmate, at the IN State Prison in Michigan City, IN. Through their prison ministry they discovered that there was a great need for a safe place for offenders to go upon their release. They were interested in opening a half way house. Carol Gayles, a student from the University of Notre Dame, completed a summer internship at the Nashville Dismas House. She linked the URC task group to the national office of Dismas, Inc.
The task group was impressed with the Dismas House Concept so they worked with the Dismas, Inc. staff and volunteers to open project house in South Bend, IN. The South Bend Dismas House was formed in March 1986 and opened its doors to residents in August 1986. Dismas, Inc., serves as the administrator of the project houses and oversees the payroll, insurance, audit, etc. Project houses share Dismas, Inc.’s 501 (c) (3). At each project house there is a local Advisory Board and Advisory Council. Volunteers and staff from each house are responsible for raising sufficient funds to operate the local project houses.
Prepare and share a meal with residents
Mentor a resident
“Adopt a Room”
Provide employment opportunities
Donate clothing, food, furniture
Become a […]
Parishioners can find updated schedules for our parish ministries here:
Casserole Schedule Aug 20,19 – Jan 28, 20
Vocation Chalice Schedule June 2019 – January 2020
Liturgical Ministry Schedule
Sack Lunch Schedule Aug 6, 2019 – Jan 7, 2020
Sacristy Cleaning for August & December, 2019
Sacristy Laundry Schedule October 2019 – February 2020