Respect Life Ministries
The Respect Life committee has three sub-committees, which attempt to develop ministries and program that meet some of the needs of the parishioners. The parishioners with special needs such as the elderly, homebound, mentally and physically challenged, the unborn, as well as those in a crisis pregnancy, in a hospital/or nursing facilities, or in end of life situations are of particular interest to this committee.
Pro-Life Prayer/discussion group provides education and activities to insure the rights and dignity of all life for the womb to the tomb. Activities include a bus to the March for Life, Letter writing campaigns to legislators, Pro-life Speakers, information on Pro-life topics and issues.
Gabriel Network is an ecumenical project providing assistance to women and families facing crisis pregnancies. Assistance to the women and their unborn children include friendship and emotional support, financial assistance, education and employment opportunities, as well as links to other resources in the county.
Health Ministry: Health in body, mind and spirit for all parishioners is the main focus of this committee. There are a variety of programs and services available.
1. A staff member makes weekly visits to GBMC and St. Joseph Medical Center. Requests to visit parishioners who may be in other hospitals or hospice in the Baltimore area should be made with Ann Marie Labin, R.N. the Parish Nurse by calling the Parish Office.
2. Lay Eucharistic Ministers and/or Deacons, as well as Rosary Ministers visit parishioners who are homebound, recuperating after hospital discharge, in home or institutional hospice, or in Nursing Facilities, or Senior Housing contact Ann Marie Labin.
3. Transportation Ministry will provide transportation to and from medical appointments and/or church services. Contact Ann Marie Labin, R. N.
4. Monthly information is available on Health topics and/or issues at the Fellowship Gatherings after all Masses usually the last Sunday of each month.
5. Blood Pressure Screening is also available at the Fellowship Gathering monthly. Individuals may also call the Parish Nurse to arrange a blood pressure screening at other times during the month.
6. Parish Nurse Ministry provides health promotion and disease prevention based on the care of the whole person, body, mind and spirit, and encompassing four functions. The Parish nurse roles include personal/family health counselor, advocacy finding services needed, liaison, and health education. Contact Ann Marie Labin, R.N. in the parish office.
7. Blood drives are held at the parish at least four times a year with the assistance of the Red Cross Blood Donation Program.
8. Prayer Shawl/Lap Blanket Ministry has volunteers knitting or crocheting prayer shawl and/or lap blankets, which are given to parishioners in need of comfort or by the Chaplains to patients at St. Joseph Medical Center. Baby blankets are also made for the Infant Foster care program with Catholic Charities. Mini Prayer Squares has volunteers knitting or crocheting prayer squares. These squares are available at the Parish Office front desk with a prayer card attached for parishioners to pick up and give to family, friends, acquaintances to offer confront and prayer.
9. Ministry of Prayer groups prays in their homes for the prayer intention placed in the basket in the church at Mary’s altar and submitted from the parish website.
10. Medical Equipment Donations of quad canes, wheelchairs and walkers with wheels are collected and given to Parish Nurses in Baltimore City, who parishioners are unable to afford the equipment they need.
11. Ranger Rosary Ministry has volunteers making combat rosaries for soldiers in harm’s way.
12. Prison Rosary Ministry has volunteers making white rosaries for prisoners visited in Maryland institutions by Deacon Ed Sullivan.
13. Card Ministry sends cards to parishioners discharged from the hospitals.
14. Ministry of Consolation volunteers send cards at specific intervals to parishioners grieving the death of a loved one. Grief Support Group meets for 6 weeks every Fall and Spring.
A Bereavement Support Group was started twice a year in the Spring and Fall to help people who are grieving. People do not have to be parishioners to attend. Occasional gatherings for the groups to have lunches together may happen from time to time.
15. Wounded Warrior Ministry volunteers collect specific needed items donated by parishioners for injured soldiers in the Landstahl Germany Hospital.
16. Parent’s Day Out meets once every 3-4 months on Saturday morning. Volunteers have a one volunteer to one child ration for a day of fun activities and games. Children have special needs or are the sibling of a special needs child. Parents have that morning free without children to do whatever they need to do that day.
17. Flu vaccine clinic annually sponsored by St. Joseph Medical Center give influenza vaccine free of charge every October.
18. Craft Ministry has volunteers making projects and items to give to Nursing Homes, homebound or to raise funds the Gabriel Network.
19. Handyman Ministry volunteers assist senior citizens with safety equipment installations or minor repairs.
20. Communal Mass of Anointing of the sick – 3 times each year in Church at 3:00 p.m.