Community Outreach

7.c.1 Emergency Assistance

7.c.1.1. Food Pantry
The Food Pantry of our Saint Vincent de Paul Society currently serves approximately 4500 persons each month. Our parish community supports the pantry by collecting non-perishable food (leave your donations in the buckets located in the Commons Area) and providing envelopes for monetary donations the 2nd weekend of each month during our Masses.
Parishioners may also help at the pantry by packing grocery bags and assisting with food distribution, sorting food or stocking shelves, or delivering groceries to the homebound.

To volunteer at the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, please contact 678-626-3939.

7.c.1.2 Employment Information
7.c.1.3 Unplanned Pregnancy
7.c.1.4. Domestic Violence

Community Outreach

7.c.2 Furniture and clothing donations

7.c.3 Food Pantry
7.c.4 Jamaican Outreach

Service Opportunities

“I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink”
• Donate Food or volunteer at the food pantry
• Volunteer at the Night Shelter
• Deliver food to the homebound through Mercy Meals.

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me”
• Join the Welcome Ministry
• Help build a home
• Teach ESL classes

“I was naked and you clothed me”

• Clean those closets! – Donate unused clothes to the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store (Marietta, GA) or call a local clothing donation site to donate those almost new clothes.

“I was sick and you cared for me”
• Visit residents of Nursing Homes (list of local Nursing homes)
• Funeral Luncheons – Parishioners may request a buffet luncheon at St. Thomas Social Hall immediately after a funeral Mass for their loved one. Members of our faith community are “on call” to prepare food and bring it to the Church, or to help serve the lunch. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Mercy Meals ministry, please contact Marilyn Weber

“I was in prison and you visited me”

7.c.6 Legislative Advocacy


“In the Catholic Tradition, responsible citizenship is a virtue, and participation in political life is a moral obligation. This obligation is rooted in our baptismal commitment to follow Jesus Christ and to bear Christian witness in all we do. As the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, ‘It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good.’” Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, USCCB, 2007

7.c.7 Special Events and Drives


• Christmas Giving Tree
• Jamaica Outreach Food Drive

 

7.c.8 Support Groups

• Bereavement Ministry
• Cancer Support Group
• Financial Peace University
• Prayer Line
• Recovery, Inc.

7.c.9 Pastoral Care


7.c.9.1. ANNULMENTS

Saint Thomas the Apostle provides support for those individuals who are seeking an annulment. The priests and a group of parishioners who are trained Annulment Field Advocates are available to answer any questions you may have about annulment. They are also available to help you begin the annulment process and to provide support during the entire annulment procedure.
If you are interested in obtaining an annulment or wish to become an Annulment Field Advocate, please contact the pastor, Fr. Brian Sheridan, M.S., 770-432-8579 Ext. 108
For more information about obtaining an Annulment in the Archdiocese of Atlanta, visit the Metropolitan Tribunal website: http://www.archatl.com/offices/tribunal/drm_c.html

7.c.9.2 Visitation to the Sick
Parishioners visit the homebound, those in hospitals, and those in nursing homes to pray with them, share the Eucharist, and to serve as a listening presence. Parish priests are also available for the Sacraments of Anointing the Sick, and Reconciliation.
7.c.9.3 Funeral Luncheons
Parishioners may request a buffet luncheon at St. Raphael immediately after a funeral Mass for their loved one. Members of our faith community are “on call” to prepare food and bring it to the Church, or to help serve the lunch. If you are interested in becoming a part of the Mercy Meals ministry, please contact Valerie Panditaradne at 888-888-8888