Serving Our Communities

“We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty.” -St. Teresa of Calcutta

When we serve those in need, we serve the Lord.

Our parishes serve in our communities every day in so many ways. No matter your skill set, there’s a place where you can get involved. We serve the poor, the grieving, the lonely, the helpless, the afflicted–or even help to care for this planet we all share. When we lend a hand to those in need, we make an offering of time and talent to the Lord.

Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’

Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’

And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’

Matthew 25:34-40

Explore the various opportunities to serve listed below. Click to expand each box.

 

Communion to the Homebound

Provide Holy Communion to the sick and shut-in members of our parish community, whether they reside at home or in a nursing care facility.

Contact us for more information about how you can get involved.

College Scholarship Committee

Assess and award our graduating high school seniors scholarships for higher education or vocational training.

Contact us for more information about how you can get involved.

Queen of Angels | Port Angeles

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul ministers to the needs of the poor in our community through charitable works, and strives to live out the message of the Gospel.

Our St. Vincent de Paul food pantry shelves need replenishing! Anything you can do to help will be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Items most needed are canned goods, especially:

  • Canned foods: tomatoes, fruit
  • Canned soups: chicken, beef
  • Jello box mix, small

Contact us for more information about how you can get involved.

Respect Life

Proclaim, defend, and implement the Church’s pro-life teachings by promoting the “Culture of Life” through prayer, education and pro-life activities.

We help increase awareness and keep up-to-date on the shifting nature of the issues threatening the respect for human life in American society. Everything we do is underscored by the guidance of the Magisterium, which holds that every human life is sacred, from conception to natural death.

Download an overview of this year’s events and activities. We also meet monthly on the third Wednesday.

QA | 3rd Wednesday of each month | 12:45 pm | St. Benedict Rm.

Contact us for more information about how you can get involved.

Prayer Shawls

Crochet, knit, and pray as a work of mercy, making and distributing shawls for those among us.

Contact us for more information about how you can get involved.

Funeral Receptions

Provide food, and help serve a meal to families who come together after a funeral.

Contact us for more information about how you can get involved.

Community Vegetable Garden

Assist a lead farmer and put your gardening skills to work in service to the low-income people of our community.

Contact us for more information about how you can get involved.

Faith In Action Team | FIAT

Work with a team of parishioners responsible for distributing a portion of parish alms to groups whose work is congruent with our Catholic mission.

Contact us for more information about how you can get involved.

Legion of Mary

Grow in holiness through prayer and spiritual works, which include door-to-door evangelization, homebound visits, and other spiritual needs of the parish.

“See the humility. Note the devotion. She has been chosen to be the Mother of the Lord calls herself His handmaid! In no way does she become haughter over this promise of such an exalted position. She does not take as a right what is freely given as a grace.”

–St. Ambrose

Legion of Mary meets every Wednesday in the Mary Room. New members are always welcome!

Contact us for more information about how you can get involved.

QA | Wednesdays | 9:15 am | Mary Rm.

St. Joseph | Sequim

Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Founded in 1833, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a worldwide organization of lay Catholics following Christ’s call to serve the poor, the suffering, and the deprived. Our founding activity is the Home Visit. Through these visits, Vincentian members establish personal relationships with our neighbors in need, not only providing material assistance such as rent, utilities, food, or clothing, but also offering friendship, understanding, and prayer.

Our members are known as Vincentians, named after our patron, St. Vincent de Paul, who follow in the spirit of St. Vincent in service to the poor and marginalized. Our Vincentian brothers and sisters embrace the virtues of simplicity, humility, selflessness, gentleness, and zeal in serving the suffering of our community. Currently, meetings are held via Zoom. We provide the following services to our community:

  • Make home visits to individuals & families within Sequim School District boundaries
  • Visit individuals residing in our local care facilities or those confined at home.
  • Maintain a food pantry to provide emergency food needs.
  • Host Coffee Hour at St. Joseph Parish the first Sunday of each month, after Mass.
  • Host the annual Friends of the Poor Walk to raise funds and community awareness about poverty in our community. Held in mid-Sept. at Carrie Blake Park.
  • Conduct the Annual Christmas Giving Tree for children at our parish.
  • Host an annual luncheon for incarcerated youth in Port Angeles.
  • We warmly welcome you to consider joining us.

SJ | 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month | 9:30 am | via Zoom & Parish Hall

Contact us for more information about how you can get involved.

If you need help: SVdP hotline: (360) 683-2112.

 

Respect Life

Proclaim, defend, and implement the Church’s pro-life teachings by promoting the “Culture of Life” through prayer, education and pro-life activities.

Contact us for more information about how you can get involved.

Prayer Shawls

Crochet, knit, and pray as a work of mercy, making and distributing shawls for those among us.

Contact us for more information about how you can get involved.

Funeral Receptions

Provide food, and help serve a meal to families who come together after a funeral.

Contact us for more information about how you can get involved.

Healing Ministry Team

Help individuals experience God’s healing love by listening to, and praying with them.

Contact us for more information about how you can get involved.

HALOS | Healing after the Loss of a Spouse

Healing After the Loss of a Spouse

If you have lost your spouse, recently or in the past, please consider joining us at a HALOS gathering, to share in fellowship and understanding. We meet the fourth Thursday of every month in the religious education building just east of the parish office at St. Joseph.

All meetings open and close with prayer; guidelines stressing confidentiality are followed to ensure open and non-judgmental discussion. We focus on topics such as daily living issues, safety, holiday struggles, scams, dealing with paperwork, decision-making, ad more.

Facilitators: Mary Vie, Kim Bennett, & Missy Church-Smith

For more information, email HALOS@clallamcatholic.org, or contact the Parish Office.

Our purpose is not to offer therapy or counseling; hospice groups are in place to address those needs. HALOS is discussion-based, allowing opportunities for participants to share fellowship, experiences, concerns, coping strategies and milestones.

We were promised sufferings. They were part of the program. We were even told, ‘Blessed are they that mourn,’ and I accept it. I’ve got nothing that I hadn’t bargained for.

Of course it is different when the thing happens to oneself, not to others, and in reality, not imagination.

–C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed

Suggested Readings

Be sure to check the weekly bulletin in case there has been a schedule and/or location change.

SJ | 4th Thursdays | 10:30 – 12:00 pm | RE Bldg.

Queen of Angels

209 W. 11th St.
Port Angeles, WA 98362
(360) 452-2351

qa@clallamcatholic.org

St. Joseph Parish

121 E. Maple St.
Sequim, WA 98382
(360) 683-6076

sj@clallamcatholic.org

St. Anne Parish

511 5th Ave. / PO Box 2359
Forks, WA 98331
(360) 374-9184

sast@clallamcatholic.org

St. Thomas the Apostle Mission

52 Pioneer St.
Clallam Bay, WA

sast@clallamcatholic.org