This commission is to promote outreach programs with an emphasis on social services, pro-life, social justice, and community ministries, co-operating with other churches and civic organizations in projects aimed at community improvement.
CARING FRIENDS AND EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS TO THE SICK
This ministry provides care and support for homebound members of our St. Leo parish community who have special needs. Eucharistic Ministers carry Holy Communion to the sick and our Caring Friends visit and send cards to the elderly and homebound. While it has not been easy nor desirable to refrain from ministering to those in need, in order to keep as many people as healthy as possible we need to remain vigilant and sensitive to others. During this time, therefore, we are not taking Holy Communion home or to private residences. Furthermore, it will not be necessary to bring a pyx to Mass. Those who are viewing Mass online are joining us spiritually with Communion. If there is a sacramental emergency, please call the church office (336-724-0561) and arrangements will be made.
Contact: Sister Larretta Rivera-Williams / 336.724.0561
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charlotte serves the poor, vulnerable and those in need of services, regardless of race, creed or socioeconomic status. Each year, CC serves more than 18,000 people across 46 counties in the western half of NC. Please visit their website at CCDOC.org for more information and contact the Winston-Salem office to volunteer or donate: 1612 14th Street NE, 336.727.0705. Their office is open from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Services include a food pantry, an infant clothing closet (Wee Care Shoppe), counseling for adults, support services for teen and young parents and their babies, services for runaway and homeless youth and youth in crisis, support services for Forsyth Technical Community College students, immigration services, Translation & Interpretation Enterprise, Family Life Services, and Social Concerns and Advocacy Services.
Food Pantry Needs:
Soup, Rice, Canned Tuna, Peanut Butter, Dry/Canned Beans, Canned Pasta, Canned Fruit, Tortillas, Jelly, Maseca Flour and Personal Care Items (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) Please leave items in the baskets available in the church entrance or by the closet doors in the Parish Activity Center.
CREATION CARE TEAM
Calling all parishioners who have an affinity for nature and the environment! Goals and current projects of our CCT: Advise and suggest on areas where St. Leo's community can reduce waste (such as food and packaging) and conserve energy; support tree planting projects and community gardens; and educate on the importance of preserving God's gift of the earth and its natural resources for health and well-being of all, including generations to come.
Contact: Marlena Westcott
CULTURE OF LIFE
A committed group of parishioners dedicated to preserving life from conception to natural death through prayer, community programs and education.
Contact: Church Office / 336.724.0561
Our holiday outreach program provides meals and/or gifts to families in need during the Christmas and Easter seasons.
Contact: Marjorie Luckhart/ 336-816-3698
We host quarterly Newcomers’ Breakfasts throughout the year for all our newly registered parishioners as well as make monthly welcome phone calls to all new parishioners. Members also receive Welcome Bags filled with information about Saint Leo’s parish and the various opportunities to become involved.
In cooperation with Catholics from other parishes, the St. Leo the Great’s prison ministry program brings the word of God and the Eucharist to Catholic inmates in the Forsyth County Jail, approximately 40 times per year, depending on the jail’s schedules. After orientation and approval by the jail authorities, volunteers come as regularly or irregularly as they wish. We hope to expand our program in various ways in the coming months. For more information, contact Deacon Bob (336-727-3344, [email protected]), Bill Irwin (cell/text: 845-300-1061, [email protected]) or Hernan Sabio (336-813-8952, [email protected]).
1) Men's ministry: men spend one evening each month (2nd Monday) at Samaritan Ministries serving dinner and breakfast and helping in the shelter. An overnight stay may be necessary. Minimum age is 18 years old. We currently have one St. Leo group of 6 but are looking to form a second group. Please contact Dick Egloff if you are interested.
Contact: Dick Egloff / 336.722.2150 or 336.345.0507
2) Volunteer in the soup kitchen serving lunch and/or dinner.
3) Participate in the several fundraisers that Samaritan Ministries holds each year.
*See more details below and a full description of Samaritan Ministries
Samaritan Ministries has the only soup kitchen in town that opened in 1981. Our first day we served 26 people. Currently, we serve lunch to about 400 people. About 60% of the people who eat in the soup kitchen are not homeless. They're the working poor, single parents who depend on us particularly when school is out, and the elderly on fixed incomes. Our shelter opened in 1988 and can accommodate 80 homeless men. Men stay here for 90 days. During that time they're assigned a caseworker who helps them put together a plan to get back on their feet.
Fundraisers: Last year we held our first cycling event, Tour de Llama, at Divine Llama Vineyard in East Bend. After completing a 30 or 60 mile ride, participants had lunch, posed for photos with tame llama, sampled wine and relaxed. We raised about $13,000 from the event, and had 130 cyclists.
We also have a Penny Campaign in the fall. This is our signature event that raises money in the community by collecting change.
Samaritan is unique in that it's connected to real people and real things. As a volunteer, you interact and connect with people who may be very different from you, but also realize that you are not that different. It's a little bit of Pope Francis and his values right here in Winston-Salem! If you would like more information, please visit our website at www.samaritanforsyth.org.