Helping Hands

About us: Helping Hands is a charitable organization dedicated to the awareness of others’ needs and to making a difference in our parish community through the practice of the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. The group conducts parish projects such as the Christmas Angel Tree, the Annual Coat Drive, and the Meal Program, as well as raising funds to help organizations such as the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen, Birthright, and Mom’s House. Members are asked to attend meetings and to be present to help with organization projects. The time commitment varies dependent on each project.

We are reaching out to: People who have a charitable nature and love helping others. Confidentiality is required, as we assist those in need.

Christine Azar

Knights of Columbus

About us: The Knights of Columbus Msgr. James E. Fitzgibbon Chapter supports the church; builds fraternal bonds through social, religious,
educational, and athletic activities; provides comfort and assistance to the sick, disabled and needy members and their families; reaches out to meet community needs through programs of charity and service; provides financial security to members and families through an insurance program; assists with parish fish fries and reunion; coordinates gob sales after Mass and during events, and sponsors the annual Breakfast with Santa. This organization has four levels of membership with a training and educational component at each level.

We are reaching out to: Adult males in good standing in the Catholic church. We hope that all members would participate in the monthly meetings and all events, such as fundraisers and food distribution that occurs at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. The time commitment averages 1.5 hours per month. Members must be at least a third degree knight to be an officer.

Denny Gisler

Knights of Columbus Food Pantry

About us: The Knights of Columbus maintain and collect food and non-perishables for the food pantry on campus and provide Thanksgiving. Christmas, and Easter gift baskets to those in need. A member of the Knights of Columbus acts as the Food Pantry Chairman and is responsible for organizing and sorting the pantry and ensuring food has not yet expired. We are dedicated to helping members of our parish in need of food.

We are reaching out to: Volunteers who are able to work for two days the week before Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas. We need help packing food for about an hour the first evening. The next day, we need help, in three hour shifts, distributing the food by carrying it to cars.

Frank Czyrnik

Our Lady of Grace Rosary Makers

About us: Our group makes rosaries and has expanded over the years to add quilters, chrocheters, knitters, and others who make shawls, afghans, blankets, scarfs, walker organizers, eye glass holders, booties, hats, slippers, rosary cases, prayer packs, and other items. We have nearly 40 members who are devoted to our Blessed Mother and pray the rosary daily. We supply items to hospitals, hospice, foreign missions, the incarcerated, Mom’s House, cancer centers, our parish, school, and any organization that requests our items.

We are reaching out to: Volunteers who like working with their hands or those who know how to knit or crochet. Our members donate their time, love, and generosity. Monetary donations are used to purchase materials. We do not hold meetings, but we generally host a social once a year. Training takes place in the leader’s home and usually takes about an hour.

Lynn Lubinsky

Pro-Life Group

About us: The St. Benedict Pro-Life Group is dedicated to educating parishioners on “life issues,” from conception to natural death and getting them involved in praying for the unborn, as well as participating in pro-life activities, organizations and events, including: the Cambria and Somerset Chapter of the Citizens Concerned for Human Life (CCHL) and CCHL’s annual life chain event, the annual March for Life in Washington D.C., the Baby Bottle and Yellow Ribbon campaigns, the distribution of pro-life information within the parish and voting information, weekly prayer vigils on Franklin Street across from Planned Parenthood (3-4 p.m. Thursdays) and during the Pro-Life Holy Hour in our church (5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays), working the pro-life booth at the Cambria and Somerset County
fairs, attending the Pro-Life Federation Banquet, and writing pro-life editorials for the Tribune Democrat.

We are reaching out to: Those who avidly believe in the sanctity of all life, that life begins at conception and should already be protected under our Constitution, considers abortion and euthanasia to be intrinsically evil and would work toward the goal of ending abortion and euthanasia.

Joe Boito

Stephen Ministries

About us: Stephen Ministers are lay congregation members trained to provide one-on-one care to those experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, or relocation.

Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life, but they all share a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

Training is provided and is an engaging experience featuring a mixture of presentations, videos, group discussions, skill practice, and spiritual growth activities.

We are reaching out to: Those who are compassionate and can listen without judgement and who understand the power of prayer. Someone who would like to take a more active role in Christian caregiving and make a difference in the life of someone who is hurting. The confidentiality of those we serve is extremely important.

If you would like more information about becoming a Stephen Minister, or if you feel as though you would benefit from a Minister’s care, please contact the Rectory Office at 814-266-9718 ext 501 or Kathy Knowlton at 814-410-2303.